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

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English Intent

The English curriculum enables us to develop a love of spoken and written word, so that we can enter other worlds and imagine other lives. We learn how to express ourselves in accurate, creative and original ways. The English curriculum encourages us to explore the meanings of language, enabling us to become independent and critical thinkers and thrive the wider world.

Curriculum on offer

  1. KS3 is a broad curriculum ranging from Oliver Twist to modern poetry, formal writing to writing their own science fiction novels. Students are encouraged to read independently, developing the key skills to write and communicate in a range of contexts.
  2. At GCSE we study Dickens’ Great Expectations, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Orwell’s Animal Farm, and modern poetry. Students master how to write for a range of purposes and contexts, focusing on grammatical accuracy.
  3. The new Edexcel A Level allow students to dive into a challenging literary world. Texts studied include: Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale; Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire; and Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra.

How to support your child’s learning at school: Accelerated Reader, Sam Learning, BBC Bitesize, Spark Notes,, Edexcel website.

The English department is committed to delivering extra-curricular activities that enrich students’ learning. Annual participation in the Shakespeare Schools Festival allow Key Stage 3 students of all abilities to perform Shakespeare in a professional venue. All Key Stages attend theatre trips to professional venues across London; we also have actor workshops, author talks and writing competitions within school. Residential trips with the sixth form allow intensive study every year and the opportunity to visit Shakespeare’s Stratford.