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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 - 22/09/2017
The Chelmer Valley Weekly Bulletin: https://t.co/u6eliTOZVR
Retweeted CVHS Sixth Form
@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/09/2017
Russell Group information evening planned for the 26/09 for years 12 and 13. Excellent information on competitive courses
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/09/2017
information evening on the 26/09/17 attended by and for Y12/13 - 6.30-8pm
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/09/2017
Bronze Duke Of Edinburgh Qualifying Expedition - News - Chelmer Valley High School... https://t.co/gWzxmc6oV8
Retweeted Emma Prince
@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/09/2017
Lovely visit to this morning for , great to meet professionals who understand the of
Retweeted Helen Lane
@ChelmerValleyHS - 20/09/2017
Fantastic open evening at tonight. Shown around by a wonderful young man, Daniel. A real credit to you.
@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/09/2017
A great turn out for our Open Evening. Thanks to all the wonderful students who helped make the event so successful.
Retweeted Mr Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/09/2017
Successful open evening for & the Geography dept! Huge thanks to all staff & students who helped, a credit to our school!
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/09/2017
And finally, thank you to the staff - Ms Ince, Miss Ince, & Miss Wharfe - who supported the DofE this weekend!
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/09/2017
Remember, all students are expected to be at school tomorrow!
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/09/2017
And all the groups are done! All have successfully completed their Bronze expedition! Huge well done to all! https://t.co/yx8vwhCbyQ
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/09/2017
3 groups are in and have completed their Bronze qualifying expedition! The rest on their way! https://t.co/GUJXnUu4pC
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/09/2017
All groups making great progress, all due to arrive at the finish at 15.00!
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/09/2017
All teams are now off on day 2, due to finish at approximately 15.00-15.30 at Galleywood Common.
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/09/2017
All groups making good progress so far. Such a pleasure to walk in the fine Essex countryside! https://t.co/gf3BWfHPqR
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/09/2017
Good morning from camp, photo taken at 6.40! They're now all up & breakfast is almost on! https://t.co/hV0K0hMEaK
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/09/2017
All groups have now arrived in camp, and have all done so well! Time for dinner! https://t.co/OqzZhenbQd
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/09/2017
All groups are doing so well and through the checkpoints! Here's Cameron on the ukulele! https://t.co/zeyTZwrm8A
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/09/2017
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/09/2017
First three groups are off on their Bronze qualifying expedition! https://t.co/XBhXI3VCB3
@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/09/2017
Good luck to all our students taking part in the DofE Bronze expedition this weekend. Hope the weather is kind!
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/09/2017
The Bronze qualifying expedition is almost here, are you ready Yr 10?! Pack for all weather conditions! https://t.co/BM2u7nrPAx
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/09/2017
The Chelmer Valley Weekly Bulletin: https://t.co/0SCaPKrUpL
@ChelmerValleyHS - 14/09/2017
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/09/2017
Congratulations to our Yr 11 cricket team who won the district cricket final tonight(postponed from June) Well done boys 🏏👏👍 https://t.co/PLlG2TAwq7
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/09/2017
Great first session at Badminton Club today🏸.Takes place every Wed lunch time in the Sports Hall, open to all 🏸 https://t.co/DOpBAG2AMZ
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/09/2017
Well done to our Yr 7a&b ⚽️team who played in a friendly tonight with both games ending 3-3.Well done boys👏👍⚽️ https://t.co/1KnU00XX6W
Retweeted Essex Live
@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/09/2017
Essex parents should be aware: https://t.co/WQj3wCWGpO
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/09/2017
All PE clubs start on Monday 11th Sept.Looking forward to seeing lots of students at them⚽️🏈🏐🏀🏸#beactive
@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/09/2017
The Chelmer Valley Weekly Bulletin: https://t.co/TqtmtWH3co
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/09/2017
Extra-Curricular Winter 2017/18 Timetable. https://t.co/p7i3WFQYnl
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 6/09/2017
Don't forget 2nd Year 7 boys football trials take place tomorrow (Thurs)3.15-4.15pm. PE kit,boots & shinpads must be worn.⚽️
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 6/09/2017
Don't forget Yr 7 netball club after school tomorrow (Thurs) 3:15-4:15pm.Just bring your PE kit. Everyone is welcome 🏐😃. https://t.co/ecgSwxEqtz
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/09/2017
Great turnout for the Year 7 boys football trials. Well done boys 👍⚽️See you on Thursday for the next trial ⚽️. https://t.co/3MqZtMJWcP
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/09/2017
Well done Yr 7 girls who came to football trials tonight.Great effort&skill on show.See you at football club on Wednesday⚽️ https://t.co/GXZw81m2nY
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/09/2017
Year 7 girls netball club starts this Thursday 3.15-4.15. PE kit must be worn. All welcome.
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/09/2017
Year 7 boys and girls football trials Tuesday and Thursday this week. 3.15-4.15. PE kit must be worn. All welcome!
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/09/2017
Looking forward to welcoming all students back today.
Retweeted Apprenticeships
@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/09/2017
Retweeted UCAS Online
@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/09/2017
PERSONAL STATEMENT: Not sure where to begin? This video is just for you https://t.co/9SF46CFTMx
Retweeted CVHSMedia
@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/09/2017
Looking forward to seeing the new Year 12s and the now Year 13s in Media Studies on Monday!
@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/09/2017
Important message from Lodges bus company : students are NOT allowed to eat or drink on the school buses.
Retweeted Essex County Council
@ChelmerValleyHS - 30/08/2017
Companies in Essex & London are still looking for school leavers for apprenticeships. Call 03330 1399858/email apprenticeships.gov.uk https://t.co/sbrQSYq0DA
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 30/08/2017
It's almost time! Yr10 (old Yr9) make sure you're continuing with all sections of Bronze & updating eDofE!
Retweeted Chelmsford College
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/08/2017
Post Results Service resumes this Tues until Friday, 10:00-14:00 each day ☎ 01245 29 30 31 information.ac.uk https://t.co/XRaHKXd1N4
@ChelmerValleyHS - 24/08/2017
Congratulations to our GCSE students who collected their results today. Please follow link to read the full story https://t.co/FaXMGB2794
Retweeted CVHSComputer Studies
@ChelmerValleyHS - 24/08/2017
Year 11 Computer Scientists, well done to ALL of you. Fabulous result!! Go Celebrate. You've worked v.hard 59% A* - A, 86% A-B, 100% A-C. https://t.co/qf3kwQtnCL
Retweeted British Gas Jobs
@ChelmerValleyHS - 24/08/2017
Apply for a Customer Service Apprenticeship & earn over £18,000 a year while you learn https://t.co/I0vv1uNtzT https://t.co/TKczYVrf4x
Retweeted Business Studies
@ChelmerValleyHS - 23/08/2017
Good luck to all of our business students collecting their GCSE results tomorrow !
@ChelmerValleyHS - 23/08/2017
Good luck to our GCSE students tomorrow - Year 11 collection between 9.00am and 11.00am - Year 10 Astronomy between 10.00am and 11.00am.
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