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

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Applying for a Year 7 Place for 2022

Applicants to all secondary schools in Wandsworth need to complete the Wandsworth Test.

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. In 2021 this will take place on Thursday 21st September 2021.

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 2021 this will be on Saturday 25th September 2021. 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.

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 is midday on Friday 10th September 2021.

The Art and MFL specialist test day will take place on the morning of Saturday 18th September 2021. 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 31st October 2021.

On March 1st 2022 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 (2021 Entry) Information Sheet