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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 D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/07/2018
Have a read and reflect on some of the amazing memories made on D of E this year at ! Wishing you all an enjoyable summer - be sure to get outside, explore and go on an adventure! https://t.co/bQtDvl6ZS6
Retweeted Mr Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/07/2018
All home after a great few days in the Peak District with Year 10 geographers! Thank you so much to this amazing team of teachers who supported students with fieldwork and made sure they enjoyed the trip! 🏞🌍 https://t.co/F4mA6d1bnC
Retweeted Volunteer Chelmsford
@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/07/2018
End of a heroic 2 day effort from 6thFormers at . Hedges cut, fences built, benches painted, & paths cleared & weeded at - all in the heat! Absolutely fantastic work guys, thank you so much. 💪🏽🔥 https://t.co/Qu2mblRob8
Retweeted Ms Crossingham
@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/07/2018
Exhausted, but what a fantastic time we had! https://t.co/CuamPmi3Dx
Retweeted Mr Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/07/2018
Good morning so far, river study on Burbage Brook. https://t.co/mitDT1eWrN
Retweeted Mr Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/07/2018
Great first day in the Peak District with Year 10! https://t.co/cGOgrxxpPp
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/07/2018
Congratulations to all our sports award winners tonight. We had a great evening celebrating all your sporting achievements 🏆.Well done all 👍
Retweeted Prolearnnet
@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/07/2018
Congratulations to our third cohort of STEM interns who complete their 4 week internship today. https://t.co/wkkNvJVikm
@ChelmerValleyHS - 12/07/2018
Due to delayed departure from Thorpe Park the house reward trip will be arriving back later than expected. Students will contact parents directly
@ChelmerValleyHS - 11/07/2018
Thank you year 11 for an amazing Prom tonight. Thanks also to all the staff who came along to support. Enjoy the rest of your summer.......#ItsCominHome
@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/07/2018
RAF 100 Flypast as viewed by our students earlier. https://t.co/glV68if8Ah
@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/07/2018
Celebrating our student’s successes as they graduate the Rising Futures programme. https://t.co/UuBtIp3Dei
Retweeted Get In Go Far
@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/07/2018
Keep up to date with vacancies via the Vacancy Snapshot. https://t.co/dPXlDcj8SW
@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/07/2018
Students are reminded they will be outside watch the RAF Flypast tomorrow- sun protection advised
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/07/2018
Congratulations to Will Steadman & Cooper Mills who represented Mid Essex at the Yr 7 Essex Athletic Championships today🎽🏃🏻. Will was crowned 1500m Essex Champion 🏆🥇 and Cooper came 4th in the 800m with a new pb of 2:46. Well done boys 👍 https://t.co/lm85gfB0tc
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/07/2018
A fabulous nights entertainment is unfolding at our Summer concert. Complete with an ice cream van! So much young talent on display.
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/07/2018
Looking forward to meeting all our new Y7 students today and their parents & carers this evening.
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 2/07/2018
All home after a successful Silver qualifying expedition in sunny Suffolk. All students should be so proud of themselves, we had some very nice compliments from campsite owners & the public regarding their attitude & behaviour, a real credit. 🛶☀️ https://t.co/houGSTMw4P
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 2/07/2018
And finally, D of E season for is over for another year! Huge thank you to Miss Ince & Ms Ince for their invaluable & ongoing support, & to the CDAT team for all their efforts in helping students complete their Awards. Our annual summary is coming soon!
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 2/07/2018
Congratulations to Cooper Mills & Will Steadman in Year 7 who competed for Chelmsford Athletics at the County Relay Championships on Friday and came 2nd in the 3x800m relay. Well done boys- a fantastic effort & achievement 🥈👍 https://t.co/sbwCDG9hs6
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/07/2018
Retweeted CVHS English
@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/07/2018
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/07/2018
Sunset on the River Waveney, after a good day’s paddle. All getting ready to turn in for the night ready for the final day of the Silver expedition tomorrow. 🌅🛶 https://t.co/VIhI1XAQbi
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/07/2018
Earsham Wetland Centre, a lovely place to stop for lunch. 🦌🐓🐏 https://t.co/4OlhlWfxCB
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/07/2018
One empty campsite ⛺️ All groups on the river https://t.co/9712jlqRQO
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 30/06/2018
The weather could not be any better for the Silver Group.☀️🛶 https://t.co/Gtf2ZwpUHc
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 30/06/2018
All groups have safely arrived in camp after a long canoe in the heat. All have done well on day one! Tents going up. 🛶⛺️ https://t.co/uqcBcGwRsR
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 30/06/2018
All silver DofE groups now on the river. 🚣🏽‍♀️ https://t.co/mBI8I4fO61
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 30/06/2018
Beautiful place for a lunch stop. https://t.co/sXApCRlQSX
Retweeted CVHS English
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/06/2018
Happy English crew at Val! https://t.co/Z1mXdZo6jf
Retweeted CVHS English
@ChelmerValleyHS - 27/06/2018
Retweeted CVHS English
@ChelmerValleyHS - 27/06/2018
Retweeted CVHS English
@ChelmerValleyHS - 27/06/2018
A very impressive afternoon! We had a great https://t.co/rkoaPjjZnf
Retweeted CVHS English
@ChelmerValleyHS - 27/06/2018
...and we’re writing again, yr9 this time 📝 https://t.co/3OrkmxnB90
Retweeted CVHS English
@ChelmerValleyHS - 27/06/2018
Finding unlikely spaces to write in the morning sun https://t.co/8ytb33Rd8d
Retweeted CVHS English
@ChelmerValleyHS - 27/06/2018
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/06/2018
Congratulations to Sophia Collins who is now the Year 8 District high jump champion 🏆🥇. Well done 👍 https://t.co/ZuLDpDkyKG
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/06/2018
Congratulations to Christopher Tattersall who equalled the school record of 44.3 in the Year 8 300m. Well done 👍 https://t.co/D3i07NjrpO
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/06/2018
Congratulations to Sophie Runnacles who came 2nd in the Year 10 300m and broke the school record with a time of 48.94🏆🥈Well done 👍 https://t.co/xPAIxiIzJk
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/06/2018
Congratulations to Darcy Sullivan who is now the Year 9 District 100m champion and broke the school record 🏆🥇. Well done 👍
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/06/2018
Congratulations to Jeremy Bakare who is now the Year 8 District 200n champion 🏆🥇. Well done 👍
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/06/2018
Well done to all our athletes who competed at District Sports today. You were a credit to yourselves & the school.A special mention to the Yr 8 girls team who came 2nd overall🏃🏼‍♀️🎽🥈and the boys relay teams who came 3rd in the relay cup 🥉🏆
Retweeted CVHS English
@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/06/2018
WHAT A SHOW! 🎉🎹🎷🎤🎸🥁 we loved it! https://t.co/J4yK3cYDwJ
@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/06/2018
@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/06/2018
More exhibits.... https://t.co/kTmERVi2fz
@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/06/2018
Amazing work being showcased in the Eastman building this evening. Congratulations to all involved. So much talent on show https://t.co/lsdevVZq2h
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/06/2018
Congratulations to Isabella Gaskell who came 2nd in Year 7 High Jump at District Sports🏆🥉Well done 👍 https://t.co/XjUxsTbOqz
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/06/2018
Congratulations to Maisie Eaglesham who came 2nd in Year 8 Long Jump in District Sports 🏆🥈Well done 👍 https://t.co/aJlBFSs3Lf
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/06/2018
Congratulations to Kiera Blunden who came 3rd in Year 8 1500m at District Sports🏆🥉Well done 👍 https://t.co/l9dzEymNWI
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/06/2018
Congratulations to Holly Wilson who came 3rd in Year 8 Hurdles race at District Sports 🏆🥉Well done 👍 https://t.co/zvn5h5HOww
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