Chestnut Grove Academy
45 Chestnut Grove
Balham, London SW12 8JZ

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Chestnut Grove students achieve excellent examination results as demonstrated by a rising trend in performance and academic attainment that consistently exceeds national averages. Engaging teaching and learning is at the heart of Chestnut Grove. The Academy is proud of its inclusive approach in which students of all abilities are supported in order to meet their potential.

Outstanding examination results at Chestnut Grove Academy
Staff and students at Chestnut Grove Academy are celebrating another year of fantastic examination results at both Key Stage 4 and 5.

Sixth form

A level results day – Thursday 13th August 2020

Sensational A level results for our truly fabulous students!

At the end of a fantastic day watching our students collect their results and celebrate their achievements, it is with an immense sense of pride in our community that I have a moment to reflect on some of their staggering outcomes and wonderful successes.

Much has been made in the media of the inherent unfairness of centre assessed grades, teacher predictions, appeals processes, statistical standardisation and triple locks to ensure students receive grades commensurate with their ability, but often the individuals behind these headlines – the students themselves – have been over-shadowed.  For too long schools had lain silent and barren, with none of the usual sense of ambition, energy and dynamism exhibited daily by children learning and realising their potential.

Not today though!  Today was different.  Today school was school again, as students laughed, congratulated each other and saw the fruits of their labours rewarded.  Today our teachers rejoiced in our students’ collective endeavours.

Today saw the culmination of their hard work, their continual effort, their commitment and their determination in a way similar to previous years.  Year 13 did not ask to be ‘generation COVID-19’, to be robbed of their chance to shine in public exams, and they should not be denied their chance to bask in their glory.  Today was about them, their hope, their optimism and them moving forward from a cloud of uncertainty.

To put this is context, today we celebrated Sonia Zia (Head Student) being accepted by Brasenose College, University of Oxford to read Spanish and Beginners’ German.  Today we celebrated Shannon Chaffey-Carter being accepted into the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of London to read Veterinary Medicine.  We celebrated Sabirin Jimaale and Frances Freeman being accepted by the University of Bristol to read History, and Psychology, respectively.  We saw Curtis-Ray Pye accepted onto his Digital Film Production degree course at Ravensbourne University and Junaidi Jallow accepted onto the Computer Science with Cyber Security degree programme at Queen Mary, University of London.

Obviously, there were many others besides these.  And, there were outstanding grades achieved, with 25% of all A level entries graded at A*-A, 62% graded A*-B and 87% graded A*-C.  So despite everything, our students delivered spectacularly well and have good reason to celebrate.

So today was special, special because it meant so much to so many.  Of course, there were winners and losers and my heart goes out to those students left disappointed with their grades awarded.  But equally my heart goes out to those students who deserved success and for whom their dreams became reality.

Jonathan Taylor
Deputy Headteacher
Director of Sixth Form

Celebrating fantastic GCSE results with the class of 2020

Congratulations to our wonderful Year 11 students on their excellent GCSE results! (2020)

After a very challenging couple of months, and no doubt a lot of worry over the uncertainty of results, we are delighted to be celebrating some remarkable achievements with our Y11 students. A huge thank you to staff and families for your care, commitment and resilience throughout the year. Although, this year has been fraught with challenges we are extremely appreciative and grateful for the support you have given our students.

We are incredibly proud of the perseverance, determination and resilience they showed throughout.
Their results are testament to the hard work from our students and staff.


 We celebrate the following results:

  • 89% of pupils gained at least a standard pass (grade 4) in English
  •  80% of pupils gained at least a standard pass (grade 4) in Maths
  • 77% of pupils gained at least a standard pass (grade 4) in English and maths
  • 54% of pupils gained at least a strong pass (grade 5) in English and maths
  • 32% were graded 7 or above
  • Attainment 8 score 54 (equivalent to a strong pass)

We would also like to congratulate some of our high achievers:

  • Yasmina Brodie      9 grade 9s
  • Ibrahim Sahak        7 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s
  • Nilan Patel              6 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s, 1 grade 7
  • Catarina Tavares     5 grade 9s, 4 grade 8s, 1 grade 6
  • Sara Gheorge          5 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s, 3 grade 7s