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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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Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/02/2018
Congratulations to Will Steadman & Cooper Mills (both Yr7) who were part of the Chelmsford Athletics team who were crowned U13 boys XC Champions🥇🏆.Individually Will was ranked 3rd🥉 and Cooper 7th. Well done boys on a fantastic achievement 👍 https://t.co/EP8DNhv63R
Retweeted Jackie Ritchie
@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/02/2018
Thank you all for organising such a great trip & experience for the kids! Ollie had the best time, making lots of great memories & new friends! In his words, “It was a blast!” 😁⛷
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/02/2018
Expedition season is almost here, so keep following for updates! For now: 1) Silver: Please return parental consent forms 2) Bronze: No meeting this week, but information about the training day on 3rd March will be emailed, in registers & on weekly bulletin.
Retweeted Tony Nicholson
@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/02/2018
Without you guys, and these opportunities simply wouldn't happen. So thank you for giving our children such a wonderful opportunity and life experience!
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/02/2018
Thank you for a fantastic week! We have had a great time and hope you all had a great week filled with lots of happy memories. You were all a credit to yourselves, parents and the school. See you all in the morning 😃🎿⛷🗽🛍🚖✈️ https://t.co/F53EjU8Wse
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/02/2018
Approx pick up time from school is 4:15pm.
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/02/2018
We have finally landed at Heathrow! We will update parents on approx pick up time once we are on the coach. Parking will be as normal as the caravan letting has now gone.
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/02/2018
The time has come for us to say goodbye and head to the airport ✈️New York it has been a blast. A great end to a fantastic trip. 💵🗽🍎🛍🚖
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/02/2018
Chelmer Valley has hit Macy's! Last bit of retail therapy! 🛍🛍🛍 💵💵#Macys https://t.co/51UOIW3wtP
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/02/2018
A sunny ferry ride from Staten Island this morning with great views of the Statue of Liberty 🗽🛳 ☀️#statueofliberty https://t.co/eMIRqxFOgC
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/02/2018
Dinner at Cafe! What a great way to end a special day 🍔🍟🚖🍎🗽🛍 https://t.co/7AS6wWU9Ph
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/02/2018
“The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.” - Elie Wiesel. Very proud of our students for their respect and engagement on such a moving part of the trip. https://t.co/Ft8IS4WOhz
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/02/2018
What a great day we have had in New York! First a great shopping trip at Woodbury Common before seeing the sights from the Empire State Building 🗽🚖🛍🍎 https://t.co/nQLjg3RBja
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/02/2018
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/02/2018
Group picture outside New York City Library and the steps of Times Square 🚖🍎🛍🗽 https://t.co/5cZAeLEu3G
Retweeted CVHS English
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/02/2018
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/02/2018
A thought provoking day in Auschwitz with . All students were very respectful and reflective throughout the visit. https://t.co/Dwm4TjvAuk
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/02/2018
🎼 Start spreading the news, We're leaving today. We want to be a part of it, New York, New York! 🎼 🗽🍎🚖🛍 https://t.co/JYXjWLUTAG
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/02/2018
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/02/2018
Our stars ⭐️of the week were Rosie, Joe and Lucy. Well done 🌟 https://t.co/7BcaZ1IMAf
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/02/2018
It's been a great week on the slopes and we finished it off with a presentation and movie night. Our most improved skiers of the week were Aimee, Ellie, Liam, James, Alfie and Amy 🎿⛷. Well done 👍 https://t.co/Xat42Yjm8U
Retweeted Mr Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/02/2018
. dinner at a traditional Jewish restaurant in Kraków! https://t.co/vvZpfOhmpE
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/02/2018
Happy Birthday Charlotte 🎁🎂 https://t.co/jhLvKT0Oif
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/02/2018
A few pictures from the presentation today with the ski instructors 🎿⛷🗻#mountsnow https://t.co/ciPgD1nnbJ
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/02/2018
Thanks for an amazing week . We have ♥️ed it. A special thank you to our instructors Chris, Ron, Peter, Logan, Dave and Brian. We will be back ⛷🎿🗻 https://t.co/mkHu93h2BR
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/02/2018
We are going to miss the slopes! Last few hours to go 🎿🗻 ⛷#mountsnow https://t.co/mVVZouU0aY
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/02/2018
Last day of skiing. Great morning so far ⛷🎿🗻 https://t.co/6JWZz7ORev
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/02/2018
Question..... who won the quiz last night? 🤓 https://t.co/N1v864It1A
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/02/2018
Answer.....Team Grant! Well done 🥇🏆 https://t.co/t0HMklOnii
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/02/2018
Our clowns of the day are Grant, Riley, Scott and Jake 🤡🎿⛷ https://t.co/WzujEopnys
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/02/2018
More pictures from Day 4 on the slopes. We ♥️ skiing 🗻⛷🎿#cvhsski2018 https://t.co/unkwi8arLx
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/02/2018
Another great afternoon ski at Mount Snow. Everyone is having a great time ⛷🎿🗻 https://t.co/x3PiTDgBCl
Retweeted CVHS English
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/02/2018
My best panorama yet...perfect for some creative writing lessons! https://t.co/b5x8ds2xRJ
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/02/2018
What a great morning for Dave's beginner group: 2 black runs ☑️ half pipe ☑️ ski park ☑️. Amazing skiing for pupils who have only been skiing 3 days 🎿⛷ https://t.co/aLe5eRV3IM
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/02/2018
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 14/02/2018
We ♥️ Mount Snow! A great day of skiing 🗻🎿⛷ https://t.co/dfGbrut3px
Retweeted CVHS English
@ChelmerValleyHS - 14/02/2018
I told them to check their SMHW but they just wanted to dance....💃🏻 https://t.co/hBKVmXevr6
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 14/02/2018
Great views from our hotel. Looking forward to Pizza and Disco tonight 🍕💃🏽🕺🎤🎼#mountsnow https://t.co/VcQHPx39hE
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 14/02/2018
More pictures from Tuesday's skiing session. So much progress made. All groups seeing lots of the mountain 🗻🎿⛷❄️ https://t.co/MM84VXxXFl
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/02/2018
More pictures from a great morning ski session 🗻🎿⛷ https://t.co/QZPGLSfU79
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/02/2018
A few snaps from Day 3 morning session 🗻⛷🎿 https://t.co/uoDrcUEpm3
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/02/2018
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/02/2018
More pics from tonight's snow tubing 👍 https://t.co/zHH6Yd9RhW
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/02/2018
Snow tubing was our evening entertainment tonight.Great fun had by all 😃 https://t.co/loEFWz6j0G
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/02/2018
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 12/02/2018
Our first 'Clowns Of The Day' are Alfred, Grace and Charlotte! Who will be wearing the high-vis vests tomorrow??? https://t.co/uHlFpVl7e0
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 12/02/2018
More pics of our Day 2 morning sessions https://t.co/cN5EktzBia
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 12/02/2018
Sunshine is out for our second day of skiing 🎿☀️. Students having lots of fun and making great progress 🗻 https://t.co/D4DaPPVGC3
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 12/02/2018
Great night at North Star Bowling Alley 🎳. Now back to the hotel for some much needed sleep! 😴#strike https://t.co/HfTmdaLueR
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 12/02/2018
Just finished ski fit. Looking forward to our first day on the slopes 🗻🎿#cvhsski2018 https://t.co/boGOqdcqKY
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