Sixth Form

Prospective Students 2017 Entry

A range of reforms for AS and A Level subjects have been implemented by the current government with the reforms starting to take effect.  In the 2017-2019 cycle, A Level students in England will study “new” linear courses in all subjects.

These reformed A Level subjects will involve students following a two year linear programme with A-Level marks / grades determined at the end of the second year of study. The new AS Level examinations, which are not offered by Chelmer Valley Sixth Form, will not count towards the final marks at A-Level.

The updated prospectus detailing the courses which are planned for September 2017 is available to download at the bottom of the page.  If you would like to be considered for entry into Chelmer Valley Sixth Form you will need to complete the application form and return to the Sixth Form Office. Applications will still be considered subject to class numbers not being exceeded.

Induction Programme

The induction days for 2017 entry have been planned for 5th - 7th July. On the 5th July, it is hoped we will have an external company offering team building games. Prior to this there will be a meeting in Sixth Form about expectations for Sixth Form and a chance to meet with your form tutor. On 6th July, each subject will have a taster lesson supplying information and preparation required for the start of the course. On the 7th July,  a number of students will have the opportunity to go to Anglia Ruskin University for team building plus information about applying for university.


At Chelmer Valley High School we are committed to providing a rich and stimulating environment for students who wish to continue their studies into the Sixth Form, enabling our students to maximise their potential and achieve to the highest level of their abilities.

 We offer a wide variety of subject options; in September 2016  A level students can study Art & Design, Biology, Business, OCR Cambridge Technical in  ICT, Chemistry, Design Technology (Product Design), Drama and Theatre Studies Economics, English Literature, French, Further Mathematics, Geography,  History, Mathematics, Media Studies, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology and Sociology. We have the following BTEC National qualifications:  Business and Sport.

Sixth Form students study 3 or 4 subjects in both Years 12 and 13. Both year groups will also study for an Extended Project Qualification and a Certificate in Financial Studies from IfS which are both equivalent to an AS qualification. Students may also have the opportunity to study for the Core Maths Qualification. Students have a combination of lessons, directed study time and independent study time on their timetables, as well as time each day with a personal tutor, who will support and advise the student to help maximise their achievement whilst in the Sixth Form. Students are required to sign the School / Sixth Form Learning Agreement if they wish to study at Chelmer Valley High School.

The school has its own dedicated Sixth Form Block. This is made up of a study area, with 30 computers and areas for individual private study and a common room for relaxation during break and lunchtimes. There is an active Senior Student Committee, which represents student opinions to staff and organises social & charity events throughout the year.

Many opportunities exist to participate in the life of the school, examples of which include drama productions, sports teams, the student council and the mentoring of younger students.

There is plenty of career advice available. Every year approximately 70% of our Year 13 students go on to Higher and Further Education to study a wide variety of courses at Universities and Colleges across the country. They are fully supported through the application process during Year 13 and on A level results day. Students who prefer to seek employment at the end of their studies go on to jobs and apprenticeships which are matched to their qualifications and provide career development opportunities.

Every year the application process for joining the Sixth Form starts with our Open Evening in October which all young people and parents are welcome to attend, whether they are currently attending Chelmer Valley or not. (please refer to the website calendar for diary date). Applications after this time are welcome from both our current Year 11 students and from external applicants. Careers guidance discussions take place between December and March.

Sixth Form Dress Code

In line with changes that are occurring in lower school, we have decided to take a more uniform approach to the way our students in the Sixth Form dress.

As from September 2016, all students will be required to be attired in smart dress i.e. clothing suitable for the work place, some examples of which can be found at the bottom of the Sixth Form Life page.

The rationale for this change is to embed a sense of pride in their presentation and general work ethic. It will help them prepare for the world of work and set a good example for lower school students.

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  2. 2016 A Level Results by percentage grade
  3. Year 11 into 12 Option Blocks 2017 entry

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