Chestnut Grove Academy
45 Chestnut Grove
Balham, London SW12 8JZ
T: 020 8673 8737

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Our Ambassadors

Student Council

The Student Council is a representative group of students who are elected by their peers. As a Rights Respecting School, CGA is committed to Article 12 and 13: the right to be heard and to have views taken seriously. The students are trained by the Equality and Human Rights Lead, collect feedback from students in their year group, and present the most popular ideas to the Senior Leadership Team who will either make a change or explain clearly to students why the change is not possible. Being a part of Student Council gives students the chance to learn about the democratic process and to develop important life-skills, such as leadership, public speaking and team-work. This year, the Student Council have been instrumental in adding more play areas outside for Year 7, changing the school canteen provision, introducing food pods outside, changing the lunch queuing system and changing the coat policy. For more information about how to join, please ask your RSL.


Human Rights and Equality Ambassadors

Our dedicated team of Human Rights and Equality Ambassadors work tirelessly to raise awareness of and tackle inequality. This year, the students have successfully run a Write for Rights Amnesty International Campaign with Year 7 students, organised food banks, collected hundreds of items for Ukrainian refugees and helped to update the Equality and Human Rights handbook for staff. Our ambassadors support our equality panel and equality day events where members of our community come in to speak to students about their identity and experiences of discrimination. They are also instrumental in collecting student voice which helps to form our school improvement plan. For more information about how to join, please ask Ms Taylor-Campbell.


The Black Curriculum National Ambassador Scheme (NAS)

CGA are excited to join forces with the Black Curriculum to run their National Ambassador Scheme starting in 2024. The programme provides students, ages 14-18, with a unique opportunity to advocate and educate in their school community. The goal is to be part of a national effort to change the curriculum and make it more inclusive. The scheme is ASDAN accredited and to pass students will need to spend at least 1-2 hours a week on the programme, meeting with eachother to discuss ideas and then completing work as part of an online programme. If you would like to apply, please contact Ms Taylor-Campbell:


Student Ambassadors

Throughout the year, we host a range of open events and public events for which our students ambassadors are trained to help host.  Whether this be providing tours of the school for prospective families, providing front of house service for the school production, or welcoming primary school students who use our wide range of facilities, we believe that confidence and personality are important skills which help students to thrive in employment and lead fulfilling lives.  Student Ambassadors are trained towards the end of Year 7 and are selected by their form tutor to represent the school throughout their careers at Chestnut Grove Academy.