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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Enrichment Policy 07th Aug 2017 Download
Curriculum Policy 11th Sep 2018 Download
Curriculum Model 03rd Dec 2018 Download

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Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/01/2019
Our DofE season is about to officially start all over again for this year, beginning with Year 9’s first evening prep session. All Bronze participants must attend tomorrow (Weds 23 Jan) from 3.15pm to 4.45pm in N13/Humanities. See you there!
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/01/2019
Well done to all our Yr 7&8 athletes who competed in the District Indoor Sportshall Athletics competition🎽🏃🏻‍♂️🏃🏻‍♀️.Some fantastic results in our 1st competition.A special mention to our Yr 7 girls who came 2nd overall🥈.Thank you to for organising.
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/01/2019
Special mention to⭐️Will Steadman⭐️who came 5th &⭐️William Nuttall⭐️who came 6th in the jnr boys race.Also to ⭐️Scott Thomas⭐️who came 10th in the inter boys race.All boys have now been selected to represent Essex at the Southern Counties.Well done boys 💪🏃🏻‍♂️👏 https://t.co/vKSXHeX4op
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/01/2019
Congratulations to Francesca Low, Will Steadman, Freddie Pheby, William Nuttall and Scott Thomas who all competed for the Mid Essex Cross Country team at the Essex Schools Championships. They were all fantastic- well done 👏👍
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/01/2019
Stansted Airport College have an open day on Saturday 12 January. Follow link for more details https://t.co/87K2YvgTaW
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/01/2019
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/01/2019
Great first session tonight for our beginners going on our Austria Ski Trip 2019 to Zell am See. Only 39 days to go ❄️⛷🎿🇺🇸#cvhski https://t.co/eY1oF6RWNg
Retweeted Mid Essex Hospitals Charity
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/12/2018
WOW! the students and staff have been so supportive this Christmas, from baking cakes and cookies for staff, to designing artwork for the wards and there is still more to come, with pupils attending bucket collections and handing Christmas cards to staff. https://t.co/ddYLFiP2Wa
Retweeted CVHSThemAndUs
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/12/2018
Year 11’s grabbing selfies with BBC’s mathematician at the day today! https://t.co/3Ob6xUU53w
Retweeted CVHSThemAndUs
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/12/2018
Well done to Wilson for raising over £150 for by donating his hair...and Santa for doing the honours! https://t.co/Q1psdXJG5w
Retweeted YOPEY Dementia Befriender
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/12/2018
YOPEY Befriender of day: "Me, Pippa and Tia took some cards and biscuits to the home. We went round the lounges to give them to the residents. It was nice to see their faces light up." By Megan of visiting Madalayne Court in https://t.co/EWs3opezkf
@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/12/2018
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 12/12/2018
All PE extra curricular clubs are cancelled tomorrow THURSDAY 13th due to staff meeting.
@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/12/2018
German trip eta is now 11pm
@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/12/2018
Further delays unfortunately for the German trip. The plan is still for students to contact home when they are 30 mins away.
@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/12/2018
German trip is delayed unfortunately. ETA now 10pm. Students will confirm via their mobiles when 30mins from school.
Retweeted Mid Essex Hospitals Charity
@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/12/2018
WOW, a huge thank you to everyone who helped to make this event such a success! A massive thank you to for your kind generosity in providing hot food to our staff. for the fantastic cakes & St Micheals Junior school for the fabulous choir!! https://t.co/oSoON7BzS3
Retweeted CVHSThemAndUs
@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/12/2018
Students from Curie house at putting on a cake sale at the hospital raising money as part of their project https://t.co/U5sanNgH9T
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 6/12/2018
Well done to our Yr 8 football team who beat Oaks Park 6-1 in the Essex 🏆- now into the last 16. A great team performance 👏⚽️
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/12/2018
A great fixture against tonight for our Year 7 & 8 netball teams in the MESSSA league. Well done to our Year 7s who won 8-4 and our Year 8s who were also victorious with a 11-7 win. Well done girls 👏👍🏐
Retweeted Mid Essex Hospitals Charity
@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/12/2018
It was great to go and see the students at this morning who have been busy baking for our STAFF Christmas event. Tomorrow looks to be a fun festive day to say thank you to our wonderful staff here at - Cake, Carols and Cheer! https://t.co/o1CxKKDYde
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/12/2018
There is NO Year 10 boys football or Year 8 Rugby training tonight due to other fixtures. Year 7 Rugby IS STILL GOING AHEAD.
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 30/11/2018
Coach expected back at Chelmer Valley at 9:45pm
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 30/11/2018
A great night watching beat Uganda 66-53 . All the girls had a fun night 🏐🌹🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿#rosesRISING https://t.co/cl5dnYA5NT
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/11/2018
A great indoor athletics event for our Yr8/9 athletics team today. All athletes performed extremely well. Special mention to Jeremy who won the 200m🥇, Georgie who won the Long Jump🥇& Will S who won his 800m🥇. Well done to you all 🏆🏃‍♂️🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏿‍♂️🏃🏿‍♀️ https://t.co/IHn9WlzHig
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 27/11/2018
Well done to our Year 9 & 10 netball teams who beat Moulsham in the MESSSA league tonight. Conditions were cold and wet but all the girls played well 🌧🏐👍
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/11/2018
Great day out for our Year 11 GCSE PE students. https://t.co/8n3H0TfoM0
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/11/2018
Well done to our Year 9 football team beat WDF in the MESSSA league on Tuesday. Well done boys on a great performance ⚽️👍
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/11/2018
You can now study a Level 3 Engineering course at Chelmer Valley High School. https://t.co/eCe93vXFHc
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/11/2018
Year 8 girls football is STILL ON - girls need to be picked up from CCHS. Only year 8 boys football is cancelled.
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/11/2018
The Year 8 football match away to Plume tonight has been cancelled.
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 14/11/2018
A great fixture for our Yr 7&8 girls football team against tonight.Our Yr 8 team came away with the victory& although the Yr 7 team lost,lots of effort&skill was on show. It was great to see both teams enjoying playing football.Well done girls ⚽️👍
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 14/11/2018
Well done to our Year 10 football team who beat Jo Richardson School 1-0 to progress to the next round of the Essex Cup ⚽️🏆. Well done boys 👍👏
@ChelmerValleyHS - 12/11/2018
Our Anti Bullying ambassadors https://t.co/HMr5w63pf1
@ChelmerValleyHS - 12/11/2018
@ChelmerValleyHS - 12/11/2018
AntiBullying 2018 https://t.co/gNeT7do3U1
@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!
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@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.
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@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🥇🏃‍♂️.
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@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
Retweeted CVHS PTA
@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/11/2018
The big finale, obviously ‘The Greatist Show’ see you all again next year! https://t.co/D0H7rJIVeF
Retweeted CVHS English
@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
Retweeted SHSPEDEPT
@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/11/2018
Thank you for superb organisation of such a popular competition on our Mid Essex calendar! 👏🏻 https://t.co/6LIpe3KjWA
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@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
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@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
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@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
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/11/2018
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
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@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
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@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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