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 11th Sep 2018 Download

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@ChelmerValleyHS - 12/11/2018
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 12/11/2018
The AntiBullying team had a great day at Alexandra Palace celebrating AntiBullying week 18 with the Diana Award Lots of ideas that will be shared through tutor activities in the next couple of weeks!
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 11/11/2018
Great training weekend for the World Challenge trip to Namibia. We estimate the time of arrival back to CVHS at 6pm.
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/11/2018
Congratulations to our Junior Boys cross country team who competed in the regional finals at Woodbridge School today.The boys ran brilliantly & finished 4th, just missing out on a place in the Nationals.Special mention to Will Steadman who won the race🥇🏃‍♂️.
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/11/2018
Congratulations to our Equestrian team who competed today at The Jays &came 2nd as a team in the 95cm competition.They have now qualified for the championships at Hickstead showground🥈🐎.Special mention to Sophie who went clear in the 85cm comp & came third 🐴🥉. https://t.co/urC3dGpBpm
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/11/2018
The big finale, obviously ‘The Greatist Show’ see you all again next year! https://t.co/D0H7rJIVeF
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/11/2018
Thanks to Robin, Shirley and Robert for all their help during a great afternoon with yr 12 Lit students at Chelmsford library. We’re so lucky to have such a great resource on our doorstep! https://t.co/JH9Jwb9BgO
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/11/2018
Thank you for superb organisation of such a popular competition on our Mid Essex calendar! 👏🏻 https://t.co/6LIpe3KjWA
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/11/2018
Our Inter boys ran really well today at Hylands Park on a tough course. All of the boys gave 100% and their hard work paid off. Special mention to Scott Thomas who came 3rd 🥉and has now been selected to represent Mid Essex. Well done boys 🏃🏻‍♂️🏃‍♂️💪 https://t.co/furvbPd3go
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/11/2018
There were some amazing individual results in the Junior Boys race. Will Steadman came 2nd🥈, William Nuttall came 3rd 🥉, Cooper Mills came 5th 🏃🏻‍♂️ and Freddie Pheby came 9th 🏃‍♂️. Well done boys 💪 https://t.co/fVmO9BHLEb
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/11/2018
Great individual performances by our Year 7 boys in the MESSSA cross country competition at Hylands Park today. They came 6th overall. Well done boys 💪👏 https://t.co/mEWU7r0M8d
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Well done to our Junior Girls (year 8&9) cross country team who also competed today in the MESSSA cross country races today. The girls were all superstars and gave 100%! Special mention to Francesca Low who came 8th overall. Well done girls 👏👍🏃🏼‍♀️ https://t.co/4Wskf9NWfh
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/11/2018
Congratulations to our Junior Boys cross country team who were crowned District CHAMPIONS 🥇🏆 at the MESSSA cross country championships. All the boys ran brilliantly 🏃🏻‍♂️🏃‍♂️. Well done boys 👏. https://t.co/okIGJAh81B
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/11/2018
Well done to our Year 7 girls cross country team who all ran brilliantly in their first MESSSA cross country competition today. Special mention to Gaby Bilbie who won the race and was crowned district champion 🥇🏆. Well done girls 👏 https://t.co/wfqyGEye1J
@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/11/2018
Y8 students paid a visit to St Mary’s Broomfield to learn about WW1 & the impact it had on the local community. Art work is by CVHS students. https://t.co/zWK1Dmx5dc
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/11/2018
Good luck to all our cross country runners who are competing at the Mid Essex cross country competition at Hylands Park today 🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️🏃🏽‍♀️🏃‍♂️
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 2/11/2018
Great night as always at the annual fireworks! 🎇👏 https://t.co/7J3GH0d6oR
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 2/11/2018
If you are interested in Apprenticeships at EY, applications are now open https://t.co/iCJ7SKcRZN
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 2/11/2018
Our WWI centenary is ready for all our History KS3 students to visit from next week. Students have been wonderful with their contributions. A nice way to honour those who fought and lost their lives for us in WWI. https://t.co/mWZ4NZ3yMM
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 31/10/2018
An ABSOLUTELY fantastic (and epic) evening of Shakespeare! Some fantastic work and fabulous young actors were seen tonight and we are SO proud! And Thankyou to all parents for their patience and support! 🎭
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 31/10/2018
Well done to our Year 9 netball team who beat Ormiston Rivers 24-4 tonight in the MESSSA league. A great start to the season- well done girls 🏐👍
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/10/2018
Well done to our Year 7 football team who beat SJP tonight 6-3 in the MESSSA league. Well done boys ⚽️👏
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/10/2018
Cross country results are finally in..... Our Junior Boys won their competition and have now qualified for the Regional Finals on the 10th November. This is a fantastic achievement- well done boys 🏃🏻‍♂️🎽🥇 https://t.co/PPJY9WQ6BO
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/10/2018
All CVHS and external students are welcome to attend our Sixth Form Open Evening on 13th November 6pm - 8pm - presentation at 6.30pm and repeated at 7.15pm in the Common Room
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/10/2018
Well done to our Year 8 b netball teams who came 2nd & 3rd in their netball rally tonight. Thank you WDF for hosting. Well done girls 👏👍🥈🥉 https://t.co/zQXlGNCW96
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/10/2018
Well done to our Year 7 rugby team who competed in their first waterfall tournament today. The boys won two games and really enjoyed the experience.🏈. Thank you for hosting 👍. https://t.co/8LQVYyfjaT
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/10/2018
Well done to our Year 11 netball team who won the plate competition at the CESSSA rallies tonight.The girls won all of their games and it was a perfect finish for a great 5 years of netball. Well done super⭐️s. https://t.co/ilMbwc4EZD
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/10/2018
Well done to our Year 10 netball team who competed in the CESSSA rally tonight. Great team performance👏.All girls gave 100% in every game which saw some great results. Well done girls 👍🏐 https://t.co/sfmOS3KbI0
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/10/2018
Well done to our Year 10 & 11 students who competed in the CESSSA trampolining competition today. All performed their routines with confidence- well done 👏👍. Thank you for hosting a great competition.
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/10/2018
Well done to our Year 8 football team who beat Maltings Academy 3-1 in the National Cup competition tonight 🏆⚽️. Special mention to Freddie Pheby who scored a hat trick on his debut! Well done boys 👍⚽️👏
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/10/2018
Well done to the Year 7 a & b netball teams who beat Boswells 8-6 and 20-3 tonight in the MESSSA league. Great effort and skill shown by all the girls. Well done 👏🏐
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/10/2018
If you are looking for help with your personal statement, look no further ... https://t.co/oGgeBZoXDW
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/10/2018
All extra curricular clubs are CANCELLED tonight due to a staff meeting. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/10/2018
If you're thinking of a career as a primary or secondary teacher and want to train in our Essex schools, then do please come along on 18/10 at 6.30. Please share with those who might be interested. https://t.co/J0VKDQTP9p
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 12/10/2018
What Career Live? & What University Live? opens tomorrow and Saturday at Olympia London where the UK's top employers and universities will be showcasing their amazing opportunities for school-leavers. https://t.co/EQaI090kvB
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 12/10/2018
If you are interested in career in Finance, visit the Essex Finance Fair at ACL Brentwood this Saturday 13th October 10am to 2pm https://t.co/nvPigEQWq7
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/10/2018
Well done to our Year 7 a & b netball team who played their first league fixture against very strong St Martins teams. Although not the result they wanted, the girls put in lots of hard work & effort 🏐. Well done girls 👏👍 https://t.co/X3T8F8fBGq
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/10/2018
Great individual runs today by Will Steadman (1st Jnr Boys 🥇) Cooper Mills (4th Jnr Boys) Gaby Bilbie (4th Jnr Girls) Francesca Low (5th Inter Girls) and Will Nuttall (5th Inter Boys). 🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/10/2018
Congratulations to our Junior & Inter cross country teams who competed in the first round of the Cross Country Cup at Felsted School. Well done all. A special well done to our Junior boys who won their competition 🥇🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️ https://t.co/96tnbIH8UO
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/10/2018
Our Year 7 boys had a great 9-4 victory against Ormiston Rivers tonight in the MESSSA league. Well done boys 👏⚽️
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/10/2018
Congratulations to our Year 9 Rugby team who beat Boswell’s 24-12 in their first MESSSA league match of the season. Well done boys 👏🏈
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/10/2018
Change to Year 7 boys football fixture tomorrow -it is AWAY to Ormiston Rivers. Minibus will bring boys back to school about 6pm traffic permitting.
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/10/2018
“7B1 are the most enthusiastic group I think I’ve ever taught. It’s going to be a great year!” - Miss Hill
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/10/2018
“10JJM have made a great start - they are really positive and enthusiastic about their studies and what’s to come!” - Mrs Jackman
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/10/2018
“11COG are far more dedicated this year than any class I’ve ever taught. The focus is unreal.” - Mrs Ogogo
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/10/2018
The 2020 ski trip letter to Killington, Vermont, USA has been sent out today via Parentmail. The letter can also be found on our website. https://t.co/vrZimijZvO
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/10/2018
Due to staff training all PE extra curricular clubs are cancelled tonight. Apologies for any inconvenience.
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