Chestnut Grove Academy

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Chestnut Grove Academy was formed, as Chestnut Grove School, in September 1986 by the amalgamation of Henry Thornton Grammar School (named for Henry Thornton (1760-1815) a local MP and economist) and Hydeburn School.[1] It is a partially selective secondary school with academy status in Balham, London, England. It selects 40% of its pupils for places based on aptitude in art and design and general ability. It was the first Arts College in the United Kingdom.[2] In their March 2008 inspection, Ofsted rated the school as Grade 1 Outstanding, the highest possible designation.[3]


  1. ^ "A Short History of Henry Thornton Grammar School". Old Thorntonians Golf Society. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  2. ^ School website
  3. ^ "Chestnut Grove School Inspection report", Ofsted, 1 April 2008.

Coordinates: 51°26′40″N 0°09′19″W / 51.44444°N 0.15528°W / 51.44444; -0.15528