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

Record A-level Results for Chestnut Grove Academy

A-level results for summer 2021 have been published today and our sixth form students have again achieved some truly remarkable outcomes, with three students gaining entry into Oxbridge colleges and a whole host of others achieving entry into their first choice university or apprenticeship provider.

It has been a pleasure welcoming students into school to collect their results, marking the end of a two-year cycle unlike any other.  Indeed students in year 13 this year faced Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs) in year 12 for their AS levels, and then faced Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) for their actual A-level grades – marking them out as extraordinary in comparison to other years.

Pass rates for Chestnut Grove are outstanding and up on previous years. 

45% of A-level grades awarded were at A*-A standard (National Average 44.8%), with 72% awarded at A*-B and 92% awarded at A*-C.  100% of students passed, achieving grades A*-E.

Early evidence suggests that most students have been successful in gaining entry to their preferred, first choice, university, despite more top grades being awarded nationally, putting increased pressure on places for the most competitive universities and courses.

Special congratulations go to Samira Mahamoud, off to read French and Linguistics at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, and go to Andrea Daughton, off to read Modern and Medieval Languages (MML) at St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge.  A further congratulations go to former student Antonia Antrobus-Higgins, who left in 2020 and who was successful in her application to read Human, Social, and Political Science (HSPS) at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge.

Chestnut Grove is immensely proud of all its students and we thank our families for their constant support during what has been a difficult few years.  It has been a pleasure to see our young adults given multiple chances to demonstrate what they can do, with in-class assessments, tests and non-examined assessment (coursework) of all kinds completed. 

To end, a text from one parent whose son Jack is off to read Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) at the University of Edinburgh, which sums things up nicely:

‘Hi Mr Taylor, Jack is in the pub celebrating and they deserve to be celebrating!  I wanted to say thank you to you and his teachers, and to everyone at Chestnut Grove, for getting the students through these ridiculous times.  We are very relieved that Jack has made it to Edinburgh and are grateful to everyone who helped him.  I wish we could thank you all in person.  We hope you all have a peaceful and relaxing summer.  Many, many thanks.’

I couldn’t have put it any better myself!

Jonathan Taylor
Deputy Headteacher
Director of Sixth Form

Year 11

Celebrating fantastic GCSE results with the class of 2021

Congratulations to our wonderful Year 11 students on their excellent GCSE results! (2021)

We are delighted to be celebrating some remarkable achievements with our Year 11 students. A huge thank you to staff and families for your care, commitment and resilience throughout this difficult year. Although the past 2 years have been fraught with challenges, we are extremely appreciative and grateful for the support you have given our students.

We are immensely proud of the perseverance, determination and resilience they showed throughout. Their results are testament to the hard work from our students and staff. What an incredible community of students, teachers and families we have!


 We celebrate the following results:

  • 97% of pupils gained at least a standard pass (grade 4) in English
  • 94% of pupils gained at least a standard pass (grade 4) in Maths
  • 94% of pupils gained at least a standard pass (grade 4) in English and maths
  • 76% of pupils gained at least a strong pass (grade 5) in English and maths
  • 41% were graded 7 or above
  • Attainment 8 score 60.45
  • EBacc 32% Strong Pass
  • EBacc 44% Standard Pass

Special congratulations to some of our high achievers:

  • Stefan Bosnjak  11 grade 9s
  • Bogdan Isaev   10 grade 9s
  • Oliver Zappa    5 grade 9s, 5 grade 8s, 1 grade 7
  • Neha Chauhan    7 grade 9s, 1 grade 8, 2 grade 7s, 1 grade 6
  • Joe Szemalikowski    9 grade 9s, 1 grade 8
  • Tilly Sheldon-Ralls    8 grade 9s, 1 grade 7
  • Josie Stern    8 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s
  • Suhail Mohamed-Pathusha    8 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s
  • Neil Daya    6 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s, 1 grade 7
  • Maia Rizzolo-Blackman   6 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s, 2 grade 7s
  • Lola Hewson   5 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s, 2 grade 7s
  • Silas Schwarz    3 grade 9s, 7 grade 8s