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

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Applying for a Year 7 Place for 2019-21

Applicants to all secondary schools in Wandsworth need to complete the Wandsworth Test and any specialist tests before completing the Common Application Form.   The purpose of this is to provide families with more information prior to application about the following:

  1. Which ability band your child falls into
  2. How well your child has performed in any relevant subject specialist tests

The Wandsworth Test:

All applicants for a Wandsworth secondary school have to complete the Wandsworth Test; this allocates students into one of five ability bands, to which we will allocate places equally. 

If your child attends a Wandsworth primary school, the school will arrange for the Wandsworth Test to be completed early in the Autumn Term. In 2019 this will take place on 21st September.

If your child attends a primary school outside Wandsworth, an independent primary school, or is home schooled, they need to complete the Wandsworth Test at an allocated Test Centre.  In 2019 this will be on Saturday 21st  September.  Chestnut Grove Academy is a Test Centre.  In order to be entered for a test at a test centre, it is essential that you register for the Wandsworth Test via the Wandsworth Admissions website.  Registration opens on 1st July 2019 and the deadline for registration is  September 6th 2019.  Details of registration for the Wandsworth Test can be accessed via this link:

Specialist Subjects (Arts and Languages) Testing:

If you want your child to be considered for an arts or languages specialist place, the relevant Chestnut Grove specialist test needs to be completed before the application for a place.  You will then know how well your child has done on the Specialist Test before you apply on 31st October.  Full details of this can be found on our Specialist Places page section of the website.

Applicants achieving over 40% on the Specialist Tests are ranked in order, with the first 30 in each subject being the first eligible students for the specialist places.  The remaining applicants are placed on a list in rank order and will become eligible for a specialist place should one become available, these students will also be eligible for consideration for a general place.

Applicants must complete a supplementary information form (SIF) if they wish to be entered for the selection testing for a specialist place. The SIF form can be downloaded here. Completed forms may be posted, scanned and emailed to or returned in person.   The deadline for applications for the Specialist Tests for places in September 2019 is midday on Friday 6th September 2019.

The Art and MFL specialist test day will take place on the morning of Saturday 14th September 2019. All Art and Language applicants are emailed, inviting them to sit the test.

The final deadline for returning Common Application Forms to your local authority, which will place your choices of schools in rank order, is TBC.

On March 2nd 2020 your local authority will notify you of the school that your child has been allocated.  If your child is not allocated a place at Chestnut Grove Academy, he or she will be placed on our waiting list.

Admissions at Chestnut Grove Academy (2020 Entry) Information Sheet