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

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Art Intent

The Arts curriculum encourages us to creatively consider, question and engage in the world around us. Whilst challenging and promoting our confidence in independent problem solving, it prompts us to apply a range of artistic techniques and processes in new and unfamiliar contexts.


KS3 teaching is structured around students learning practical skills and techniques alongside contextual studies which underpin the thematic content of each project.  The KS3 provision includes the opportunity for all students to work within a range of disciplines including: Ceramics, sculpture, photography, CAD, textiles, print-making, painting. Observational drawing is embedded in all projects taught.


The KS4 Art and Design curriculum offer includes the following endorsements: Visual Arts, Digital Arts and Textiles.  These courses provide specialist workshops which enable students to strengthen and develop skills and techniques within their chosen disciplines. In depth artists analysis informs students development of their own creative process


At KS5 students are expected to be highly independent.  Projects are designed by students in consultation with their teachers. There is broad scope for both the thematic content and practical processes students wish to investigate.  The A2 course prepares students to continue their Art studies at either Foundation or Degree level.  Chestnut Grove has an excellent success rate of students being offered places at some of London’s best Art Schools.

3. Use of subject beyond the classroom

As an Art Specialist school the visual arts are central to the Chestnut Grove ethos.  At each Key stage there are many opportunities for extended learning beyond the class room, this can be accessed through our after school programme of clubs, through trips both locally and internationally and through the community link work we do with other schools and organisations. 

We also hold regular exhibitions and events within the school and wider community.  Celebrating and sharing the work of our students in a public context is fundamental to of the way Art is experienced at Chestnut Grove.

4. Staff teaching in department