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 remains 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 as 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:

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).

Through Citizenship and PSHE, students are given guidance on careers, finance, relationships, healthy eating, first aid, politics and current affairs.

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, Engineering, 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, Finance, 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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@ChelmerValleyHS - 24/02/2021
. are appealing for help in finding a boy who's gone missing from . Jeremy Davidson was last seen at 5pm yesterday in the Pilgrims Hatch area. The 14-year-old was wearing a long black coat with a golden fur trim on the hood https://t.co/sSxSKlsoVn https://t.co/85HJVCKtuo
Retweeted Department for Education
@ChelmerValleyHS - 23/02/2021
Primary schools will open to all pupils from 8 March. Secondary school year groups and college students will return throughout the week, with asymptomatic COVID-19 testing in place for them. https://t.co/WvmKYviBZj https://t.co/DpMlWB809v
Retweeted CVHS Year Groups
@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/02/2021
Yr9: The deadline for GCSE options is this Friday. All information is available here - https://t.co/jsanc1B4xt
Retweeted Essex County Council
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/02/2021
Expectations surrounding today are hard for many of us in normal times, let alone during a lockdown. If you need some extra support, mute social media, and dedicate some time to practice self-love here: https://t.co/rRoSBWW1qN Remember to check in on your loved ones too. ❤️ https://t.co/ub7oRdUBkD
@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/02/2021
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Retweeted Jobs In Schools
@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/02/2021
New: Teacher of English Chelmsford Essex England https://t.co/P3EW91V3WL
Retweeted Kids Inspire
@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/02/2021
Are you between the ages of 16-18 and looking to gain some work experience and make a difference? Then join our Peer Mentoring scheme and help someone younger than yourself to feel emotionally resilient during a difficult time. Find out more here- https://t.co/pGcmu73rge https://t.co/FFijAhgz6K
Retweeted Tomorrow's Talent
@ChelmerValleyHS - 12/02/2021
Parents looking for ideas for half-term? • FREE 30 min Dance/MT • Mon-Fri at 11am • LIVE on Instagram • Suitable for all ages/abilities https://t.co/0FGlc4ytZE
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 11/02/2021
Congratulations to our Art Work of the Week winners, Rowan Livemore 7R & Keshawn Awortwi-Sam Kwachie 7E for your fantastic Calder inspired stabiles- lively use of colour!👏👏 https://t.co/jDx1Rc953l
Retweeted BBC Essex
@ChelmerValleyHS - 11/02/2021
48,000 disadvantaged Essex school children will receive free school meal vouchers, worth £15, during half term next week. Essex, Southend and Thurrock councils confirm they will all provide vouchers funded by the Government's Covid-19 winter grant scheme https://t.co/vshyIlQOcS https://t.co/3dvvbKoQh4
Retweeted Åsa Plesner
@ChelmerValleyHS - 11/02/2021
I'm looking for a group of English-speaking scouts, ~9-10 years old, who'd enjoy exchanging letters with a group of Swedish 9-10-yo scouts for World Thinking Day (Feb 22). My DMs are open!
Retweeted Ian Puckey
@ChelmerValleyHS - 11/02/2021
Ten years ago I interviewed DS John Woodley, now half of the excellent , who convinced me that this was the new "Stranger Danger". Parents need to learn that children can be targeted in their own homes and have those really difficult but vital conversations
Retweeted Essex County Council
@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/02/2021
Is homeschooling, or other pressures of the pandemic impacting your parental relationship? This is a stressful time for many of us, but responding in a more positive way during an argument can reduce the impact on your child’s mental health. Info here: https://t.co/WqH27Y5GE1 https://t.co/LVdLcPWjaW
Retweeted UCAS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/02/2021
🤷‍♀️ Go to university or become an apprentice 🤷‍♂️ Tomorrow at 17:00 (UK time) we will be hosting a live debate on Facebook, discussing which route might be best suited to you. https://t.co/ZqjLSy3980
Retweeted Essex County Council
@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/02/2021
Essex’s holiday free school meals vouchers for eligible children and young people for February half term will be sent to parents this week. They can be exchanged for food in most supermarkets and one chain of local shops. For more information visit: https://t.co/9fabOwus66 https://t.co/wtYS8Ihe7m
Retweeted JCP in Essex
@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/02/2021
Join the online virtual event on Tuesday 9th February 2021 Info/Apply: https://t.co/h3ub33BfxO https://t.co/8Pg99zi1lJ
Retweeted British Transport Police
@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/02/2021
Children are often exploited by organised criminals. We've teamed up with the to encourage everyone to for the signs of child exploitation. Report it 👇 https://t.co/LXM2qdUiqy
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/02/2021
The final results are in from last weeks sports challenges. Well done to everyone who participated and gained points for their tutor groups and houses. Congratulations to Marconi 💙 who won overall 🥇🏆. https://t.co/TwP46soC0k
Retweeted Ms Crossingham
@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/02/2021
So impressed with my Y13 and their models of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Fantastic! https://t.co/cD7WopGmUJ
Retweeted Department of Health and Social Care
@ChelmerValleyHS - 6/02/2021
There are things we can do to support the wellbeing of children during these hard times. Try these three tops tips from 👇 Learn more: ▶️ https://t.co/kuLGFFIBWt https://t.co/RAhGMtXh2v
Retweeted Essex LSCB
@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/02/2021
It's on 9th February - find out more about supporting the day https://t.co/eZP7Ybxo7A Whether you're a parent, professional or young person, we have lots of online safety resources on our website - podcasts, videos and top tips 🙌 https://t.co/VnQbF1mJfc https://t.co/obT8pKNFZj
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/02/2021
It is Children’s Mental Health week, with the theme this year being ‘express yourself’ 😎 Please get involved with the PE inter-house competition in anyway, have fun with it! Physical activity is a great way to express yourself 🏋️‍♀️⛷⛹️‍♂️🤾‍♀️🏌️‍♀️
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/02/2021
Well done to Erin T in 7C who has completed the Relay with a Twist Challenge 🧥🏃🏻‍♀️ and earned points for Curie ❤️. Well done 👏🥳 https://t.co/hbg97IY7B3
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/02/2021
Day 4 in the Chelmer Valley Inter-House competition... Mask on Mask Off 😷 https://t.co/nwF1o8J8QJ Have a go & try to beat Miss Lyons score!! Good luck! 🥳🥳🥳
Retweeted Chelmsford College
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/02/2021
Join us for our *Virtual* Open Evenings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week! Find out more about courses on offer and ask questions 👍 Learn more here: https://t.co/MGnPioqEAV https://t.co/Afq6rWUNlN
Retweeted Department for Education
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/02/2021
We’ve compiled a list of handy links aimed at helping children and young people who may be struggling with their mental health. Details in this blog Down-pointing triangle https://t.co/4dZu8NrfYR https://t.co/K0eka5MzgR
Retweeted Essex County Council
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/02/2021
We want to make all residents aware that help is available if you’re feeling isolated, or in need of practical, emotional or specialist support. The Essex Wellbeing Service are ready and waiting. For more information, visit https://t.co/fCi0wDbawW https://t.co/5fNiAFsrik
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/02/2021
Day 3 of the lockdown Inter-House competition! We have the Sock & Wall catch 🧦 https://t.co/zgUYXGnzrB Please send in your replies by 9PM tonight! Good luck & try to beat Miss Horton’s score of 41!!! 🥳🥳🥳 Good luck!!
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/02/2021
Fantastic effort by Mr McCarthy today👏. Great to see members of staff getting involved in the challenges too. He scored an impressive 52! Do you think you can beat him?? 🧦🧦. https://t.co/kUnE5zMjpA
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 2/02/2021
Day 2 of the Chelmer Valley Inter-House competition... The Toilet Roll Tower!!! 🧻🧻🧻 Get involved and enjoy the competition! https://t.co/xvrfFfu3lS See if you can beat Mr Wareham’s score! 😎
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 2/02/2021
Fantastic effort from Maximos in 7R, some more points added to Rutherford house 💜🥳 . This challenge is harder than it looks - well done! 👏. Keep the photos and videos coming in, we would love to see your attempts 🧻 https://t.co/38Itv8nAy3
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 2/02/2021
Well done to Fathemi in 7M who has completed the Toilet Roll Tower Challenge 🧻 today and earned points for Marconi 💙. Well done 👏🥳 https://t.co/wKvym1WRwu
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 2/02/2021
Well done to Keira O in 7L who has completed the Toilet Roll Tower Challenge 🧻 this morning and earned points for Livingstone 💚. Well done 👏🥳 https://t.co/vJYQ4Uk4lO
Retweeted BBC Essex
@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/02/2021
George Cussell, 6, from Chelmsford raises over £1,200 for local children's hospice, Havens Hospices, by staying in his self-made den at home for 48 hours https://t.co/E5efbQQ0IA https://t.co/N5AhG9P8nq
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/02/2021
The lockdown inter-house competition is back by popular demand!! 🤩 Day 1: The frying Pan Keepy Uppy Challenge!! 🍳 https://t.co/JwniA088IB Have a go and record your score https://t.co/FpABMTMIqT Good luck! 🤠
Retweeted Essex County Council
@ChelmerValleyHS - 31/01/2021
Here is another great timetable from for the week ahead! ⬇️ Make it your goal to fit at least one active session in, because exercise isn't just good for your physical health, but your mental wellbeing too. 💪 https://t.co/2dwaAjLjMV
Retweeted Essex LSCB
@ChelmerValleyHS - 29/01/2021
Is your child spending more time gaming online during lockdown? strangers can contact your child directly and send inappropriate, mean or sexual content. Find out more about gaming servers and how to keep your child safe https://t.co/8neaIWuiXi https://t.co/HiJXCyebVM
Retweeted Mrs Cook
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/01/2021
Thank you for this Holocaust talk, we have 150+ students watching remotely. Amazing opportunity https://t.co/biCsGZGUea
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/01/2021
Congratulations to our Art Work of the Week winner- Daisy Gunn 8E has made this fantastic Green Man- great use of texture and shape!👏👏 https://t.co/FmWHes1ers
@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/01/2021
Congratulations to our students who were recognised tonight at the Jack Petchey Digital Award Ceremony. https://t.co/dm7vUSrP9t
@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/01/2021
We are looking forward to celebrating some of our students achievements at the virtual awards ceremony tonight.
Retweeted BTFC Women
@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/01/2021
ACADEMY Apply for our Girls 16-18yrs academy side in partnership with Chelmsford College! Listen in on our Online Open Evening💻👇 https://t.co/ExaYuN7eQq Apply here👇 https://t.co/Maphc4jyR3 https://t.co/1TynkHx86f
Retweeted UCAS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/01/2021
Book your place to 'Meet the employers'. Featuring online sessions with Rolls Royce, NHS, Barclays, and many more.
Retweeted History Department
@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/01/2021
Thank you to the 150+ students who are currently watching the Holocaust survivor talk remotely. Chelmer Valley High School says thank you for the amazing opportunity https://t.co/INi0XHRoAh
Retweeted Kay Barker
@ChelmerValleyHS - 25/01/2021
Food tech lessons don’t stop just because of lockdown! Alfie’s flaky pastry sausage plait https://t.co/eSnopmYWwr
Retweeted Colchester Institute
@ChelmerValleyHS - 24/01/2021
Study a full or part time degree at University Centre Colchester and benefit from a high level of contact time with lecturers, smaller class sizes and excellent learning facilities. Join our virtual open event to find the course for you! https://t.co/KlvixD1vKw https://t.co/Q0ab8rsEX2
Retweeted CVHS Sixth Form
@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/01/2021
Nice to be nice deliveries took place this week with Mrs Willcox delivering Costa drinks to our winners for being amazing in lessons and being helpful to others. Will you have a drink delivered to your door next week? https://t.co/tewLHauQ9Q
Retweeted Chelmer Valley High School
@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/01/2021
An insight into how young people can tempted to become involved in criminal activity. It can happen in any family. https://t.co/e8mXwy4DGq
@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/01/2021
An insight into how young people can tempted to become involved in criminal activity. It can happen in any family. https://t.co/e8mXwy4DGq
@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/01/2021
⚠️ Urgent Avakin Safeguarding Alert ⚠️ https://t.co/MLmsJzJs10
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