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Curriculum Overview

Chelmer Valley High School delivers a high quality, broad and balanced curriculum which promotes SMSC (the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural aspect of the curriculum). The physical and mental development of all our students prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life, as well as giving them the opportunity to succeed to their full potential.

Alongside a coherent and balanced curriculum, which places value on all subjects at its heart, we seek to inspire and encourage a love of learning, resilience and understanding.

At Key Stage 3 (KS3) we focus on transferrable skills, independent learning and higher order thinking skills. In Year 9 we offer our student’s clear, differentiated progression routes into Key Stage 4 (KS4).

Through excellent advice and guidance at Post 16, we support all our students in making the right choices as they move from KS4 to KS5 whether at CVHS, College or into Apprenticeships.  Ever mindful of the changes in education and the workplace, we strive to ensure that our curriculum and it's delivery remain relevant and tailored to the individual student.  In so doing we have developed a pathways approach to subjects available for study at Key Stage 5 (KS5).

Our aim is to enable all of our students to leave the school as well rounded, responsible citizens, ready to play an active and productive role in society.

The menu choices to the left will take you to more detailed information regarding the current curriculum offered at Chelmer Valley.  Please also study the subject information provided under the 'Programmes of Study'.

We teach students in ability groups in as many subjects as possible from Years 7 to 11. As a growth mindset school we aim to offer a range of opportunities to extend children of all ability levels.  At least 25 hours a week are spent on teaching, which is in line with the Department for Education’s recommendations. There are many opportunities to engage in extracurricular activities in order to enhance learning.

KEY STAGE 3

In Years 7, 8 and 9 the list of subjects currently studied includes:

The Curriculum subjects:

Mathematics, English, Science, Computer Studies, a Modern Foreign Language, Art, Music, Technology, Physical Education, Geography and History, Religious Studies, Drama, Citizenship/Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE).

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is used across the curriculum, and students have access to computers in many areas of the school.  Emphasis is placed upon the acquisition and assessment of ICT capability within discrete Computer Studies lessons.  

In Year 8 many students also take up a second Modern Foreign Language. 

Assessment of students’ progress is on-going throughout Key Stage 3. In some areas of the curriculum, some students will complete a shortened Key Stage 3 and begin their Key Stage 4 studies before the end of Year 9.

Tutors support students' learning in Key Stage 3 through a structured tutor programme and by reviewing their achievements and helping them with their target setting.  Students are given comprehensive guidance in order to ensure that they follow a broad and balanced curriculum during Key Stage 4.  This guidance starts in the Spring Term of Year 9 and involves parents at every stage before the final decisions about curriculum choices are made.

KEY STAGE 4

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum currently offers a range of GCSE and Vocational courses, which lead naturally into the courses offered post-16.  Most students are entered for public examinations unless there are exceptional circumstances.  A small number of students may follow an alternative education programme, more appropriate to their needs, which does not necessarily lead to GCSE. All students have access to a Pathway leading to the English Baccalaureate.

In Years 10 and 11 the following subjects must be studied:

Mathematics, English Language, English Literature, Science (minimum equivalent of 2 GCSE’s) and Core Physical Education. In addition, currently, they must select one from a Modern Foreign Language, Geography or History.

Other subjects can be studied from each of these areas:

Triple Science

Humanities (History, Geography, Philosophy & Ethics)

Modern Foreign Languages (French, German)

Creative (Art, Music, Drama,)

Physical Education

Technology (Product Design, Graphics, Resistant Materials, Textiles, Food Technology)

Vocational courses can be studied and currently we offer Child Development, Leisure & Tourism, Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE), Applied Business Studies and Computer Studies (ICT, Computer Science)

To enrich the curriculum, at an appropriate time students have access to Careers, Citizenship, Health Education and Enterprise/Work-related learning activities.  Additional opportunities are provided across the curriculum for students to apply and improve their computer skills. There is also a full enrichment programme throughout Key Stage 3, 4 and 5.

Individual review sessions and target setting take place throughout Key Stage 4.  Progress is monitored through the completion of subject reviews and the preparation of estimated grades at regular intervals.

POST 16

We provide all post-16 students with comprehensive support in order to access Higher or Further Education, a Vocational Career, or Apprenticeships.  Currently students are offered combinations of the following courses in our Sixth Form. 

GCE A Level courses:

English Literature, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Physics, Art and Design, Design & Technology – Product Design, Drama and Theatre Studies, Economics, Extended Project Qualification, Financial Studies, French, Geography, German, History, Media Studies, Music, Music Technology, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Sport and Physical Education.

OCR Technical:

          Information Communication Technology

BTEC Level 3:

          Performing Arts, Business and Physical Education.

All students are encouraged to enter for the Extended Project Qualification and there is a suite of Enrichment activities available to all students.

Students have regular time allocated with their tutor for assessing and reviewing progress and target setting.  Subject teachers regularly prepare estimated grades for every student and these enable students, parents and tutors to monitor and measure progress.

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Curriculum Policy 10th Jul 2017 Download
Enrichment Policy 07th Aug 2017 Download

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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/11/2017
We have had a great few weeks of inter-house netball & football competitions in PE ⚽️🏐.Well done to everyone who took part & earned credits for their house 👍👏.See results below 🏆🥇#teamwork https://t.co/LRIe7KhCRO
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/11/2017
Well done to our Year 7 girls football team who came 3rd in the MESSSA U13 football tournament today. A great result for their first tournament. ⚽️👏🥉. Thank you for hosting a great tournament 👍 https://t.co/R7EYTSAT5N
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/11/2017
The Chelmer Valley Weekly Bulletin: https://t.co/aT53gcNKde
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/11/2017
Great result for our Year 9 football team who beat Lammas School tonight 3-0 in the Essex Cup 🏆⚽️. Well done boys 👏👍
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/11/2017
Great interactive lesson for Year 10 GCSE PE students today. They worked together to label the bones in the skeletal system https://t.co/7oN7P1q8wS
Retweeted Mr Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 14/11/2017
Very impressed with Year 8s' assessments on China's One/Two Child policy! Lots of top end GCSE level analysis and evaluation! Well done Year 8! https://t.co/Z3ofse6xmU
Retweeted The History Press
@ChelmerValleyHS - 12/11/2017
"At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them" https://t.co/PBPy0QsmxB
@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/11/2017
The Chelmer Valley Weekly Bulletin: https://t.co/3VxQ8HEIDf
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/11/2017
Here's an update on both our Bronze and Silver D of E running this year. https://t.co/Uv8hCWckA2
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/11/2017
Great performances by our Year 8 rugby team at the Waterfall tournament tonight. 2 wins and 1 loss🏉👍.Great effort and commitment shown- well done boys 👍👏
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/11/2017
Another good performance by our Year 7 netball team despite losing against CCHS in the MESSSA league tonight.Great effort girls- well done! 👍🏐👏 https://t.co/q5olA6dFee
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/11/2017
Great win for our Year 9 netball team against CCHS tonight in the MESSSA league. Well done girls on a good performance 👍🏐😃 https://t.co/4rbqw0SUSE
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/11/2017
We also had Individual success in the Year 7 boys race with Will Steadman coming 1st 🥇 and Cooper Mills coming 4th. Well done boys on a fantastic performance today 👏👍😃 https://t.co/JLJBjHJSz7
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/11/2017
Congratulations to our Yr 7 boys who came 1st in the MESSSA Cross Country Champions and were crowned Champions🥇🏆. Great performances by them all-well done boys 🏃🏻🎽 https://t.co/1EMPAl4igj
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/11/2017
Well done Francesa Low (Year 8) who came 4th with a fantastic run today in the MESSSA Cross Country Champs and has now qualified to represent Mid Essex- a fantastic achievement 👍👏 https://t.co/yI0EDF5mH5
Retweeted Chelmsford City SC
@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/11/2017
Abbie makes final of 200 back at the last knockings in 5th place. Turns it into a shiny silver our first this weekend 🥈FAB
Retweeted Sarah
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/11/2017
Thanks for another great fireworks display
Retweeted Fiona Willson
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/11/2017
Many thanks to the PTA and staff that without them this would not have been possible.
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/11/2017
A great afternoon of football for our U15 team at the MESSSA rally. Well done girls 👍👏⚽️. Thank you for hosting. https://t.co/PK8ZkdNv8B
Retweeted Chelmsford ATC
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/11/2017
276 Cadets supporting firework event. Enjoyable evening and hopefully a good fundraiser for local school. Great stuff! https://t.co/DtLG0nXeGS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/11/2017
Thanks to you all. https://t.co/jdgdVzVhhz
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/11/2017
Thanks to all who attended our fabulous fireworks display tonight. https://t.co/igOIWvY6wK
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/11/2017
The Chelmer Valley Weekly Bulletin: https://t.co/oNRUP9Fq9c
Retweeted Boswells Drama
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/11/2017
Fabulous workshop by Kerry 2day 4 our y12/13 students! So lucky 2 have u work with them!🎭⭐️
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/11/2017
Impressive results for our Yr 10 & Yr 11 rugby teams tonight against Ormiston Rivers. Well done boys, great performance 👍🏉👏
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/11/2017
Applications are open to Year 9 to take part in the D of E Bronze! Spaces however are limited, therefore to apply... https://t.co/djhEdhvI08
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/11/2017
Great result for our U14 boys ⚽️team who beat Alec Hunter Academy 3-1 tonight in the Essex 🏆. Well done boys 👍👏⚽️
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/11/2017
Lots of effort shown by our Yr 7&8 netball teams tonight who were beaten by strong GBHS teams. Well done girls👍🏐
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/11/2017
Don't forget Year 9 inter house Netball & Football tomorrow!⚽️🏐. Must have correct PE kit. Who will be crowned winners?🏆
@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/11/2017
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 31/10/2017
Great result for our Yr 7 football team tonight who beat Sandon 6-0 in the MESSSA league⚽️. Well done boys 👍👏
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 31/10/2017
A great performance by our Yr 8 ⚽️team tonight with them beating Moulsham 4-2. Great goal by Tommy P! Well done boys 👍👏⚽️
Retweeted MrGordonMaths
@ChelmerValleyHS - 30/10/2017
Retweeted Mr Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 29/10/2017
Check out all the highlights from our 2017 trip! 🇮🇸 https://t.co/AsSoktrw02
Retweeted Mr Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 29/10/2017
All home from the most amazing school trip in Iceland. Full of once in a lifetime moments. Every student was a credit to and themselves. Big thank you to Miss Woolley, Miss Dawson, and 🇮🇸 https://t.co/VKRTgd77EP
Retweeted Mr Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 25/10/2017
Despite the cloud cover we have seen the Northern Lights! Such an amazing experience! 🇮🇸 https://t.co/P9ah0AeSZo
Retweeted Mr Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 25/10/2017
Some photos from day 3 - Seljalandsfoss waterfall and a monster truck tour to Thórsmörk 🏞🇮🇸 https://t.co/BNOS8tlpaq
Retweeted Mr Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/10/2017
We have safely arrived in Iceland! Now off to the Reykjanes Peninsula! 🚎🇮🇸 https://t.co/HPXwbfymRL
Retweeted CVHSComputer Studies
@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/10/2017
Child safety smartwatches ‘easy’ to hack, watchdog says https://t.co/HiTg2adKsR
Retweeted Mr Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 20/10/2017
Our first department newsletter, have a look at what's been going on in the Geography department! https://t.co/XrXwR4mbO1 https://t.co/3PmKsLLTif
@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/10/2017
The Chelmer Valley Weekly Bulletin: https://t.co/MO7gx4t2zd
Retweeted SERP Road Safety
@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/10/2017
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/10/2017
Year 9 Rugby v GBHS has been cancelled tonight. They will train instead. Pick up 4.15pm.
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/10/2017
Great effort&enthusiasm as always by Yr 10 netball team at the Yr 10 rally tonight.Great team spirit shown,well done girls👍🏐 https://t.co/104A4c5Rvo
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/10/2017
Great result for our Yr 8 football team who beat Ormiston Rivers 6-2 in the MESSSA league tonight. Well done boys 👍⚽️👏
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/10/2017
Great results for our Yr7 rugby team today.Undefeated at their first district waterfall comp👍🏉.Won 2, drew 2.Well done boys https://t.co/dG5bXyM3G6
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/10/2017
Congratulations to our Jack Petchey Award winners last night. https://t.co/SI4QiBLFwp
Retweeted Mr Storey
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/10/2017
Incredibly proud of our Jack Petchey award winners https://t.co/05OBGunALR
@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/10/2017
Amended PE fixtures for w/c 16th October 2017. https://t.co/qUCAwbAFYC
@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/10/2017
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