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.

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

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Retweeted CVHS Sixth Form
@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/08/2019
A massive well done to all of the Year 13 students completing A-levels or BTEC courses - you performed fantastically well and we are very proud of you all! https://t.co/G03cQAwXXf
Retweeted CVHS Sixth Form
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/08/2019
A massive well done to all our Sixth Form students who collected their exam results today, you are amazing, well done indeed on fabulous results. We all wish you every success in the future and, we look forward to hearing from you all. Congratulations !! https://t.co/8YwRpC0IX4
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/08/2019
A Level Results Day 2019 - A Level Results Day 2019 - A Level Results Day 2019 - News - Chelmer Valley High School... https://t.co/ZesMhWKs9v
Retweeted Will Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/08/2019
All the best to A level students collecting their results today. I hope you get the results you want and deserve. Whatever you go on to do next, the best of luck! 👍🌍
Retweeted CVHS Sixth Form
@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/08/2019
A level results on Thursday. Collect them from Eastman Building - 8am for Year 13 and 9am for Year 12
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 24/07/2019
Here it is, our annual summary! Have a read and remind yourselves of the amazing memories all our participants have from in 2019. Wishing everyone a safe but adventurous summer! ☀️🏞 https://t.co/Jyo2gmFI9U
Retweeted CVHS Sixth Form
@ChelmerValleyHS - 23/07/2019
Year 12 have been volunteering at Moulsham Lodge Community Trust https://t.co/alkDukRHiv
Retweeted Will Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/07/2019
Good morning on Burbage Brook completing our river study. Great work from Year 10! 🏞 https://t.co/ILpHg8s6jE
Retweeted CVHS Year Groups
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/07/2019
Retweeted Will Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/07/2019
Year 10 geographers all now settled at the hostel after a good day in Dovedale completing fieldwork! https://t.co/j8waq4t1Vz
Retweeted CVHS Year Groups
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/07/2019
Yr7 reward trip due to depart any minute and due back approx 5pm
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/07/2019
The first group of World Challenge students are on their way to Namibia. We wish them a safe journey and an amazing experience. https://t.co/wKOzO4dQEk
Retweeted Chelmer Valley Careers
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/07/2019
An apprenticeship opportunity at Woodland Group Ltd https://t.co/XPE8oJZpw5
Retweeted Chelmer Valley Careers
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/07/2019
Interested in a career in childcare? Check out this fantastic apprenticeship vacancy at Kiddi Caru. Please contact Kiddi Caru directly to apply 01245 505323 https://t.co/uqRzH1RpkV
Retweeted CVHS Year Groups
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/07/2019
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/07/2019
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/07/2019
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/07/2019
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/07/2019
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/07/2019
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/07/2019
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/07/2019
Yr7: Group Four after an excellent session navigating the cave bus https://t.co/GND1W9ue2M
Retweeted CVHS Year Groups
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/07/2019
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/07/2019
Retweeted EHUOutreach
@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/07/2019
Thanks to and for having us at their careers fairs the past few days...lots of great questions and interest in 🦆🌳 from your students. Why not book onto our next open day and see our campus first hand ▶️ https://t.co/ockilJDP5o
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/07/2019
Good bye Mr Regan! Hope you have a great time on World Challenge 🌍. Wishing you all the best in your new adventure in Qatar 🇶🇦 We are all going to miss you! https://t.co/za6u13h1Az
Retweeted ARU Schools & Colleges Engagement Team
@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/07/2019
Are you at HE Fair today? If you are, make sure you go & speak to Tom & Katie about how studying at can prepare you for your future career. https://t.co/coOIBWWxnY
Retweeted Writtle Uni College
@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/07/2019
It's Chelmer Valley High School's Careers Fair today. We're delighted to be taking part! https://t.co/XiPeoDJU95
Retweeted Nick Howe
@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/07/2019
thanks for inviting me to your Careers Day - lots of interest on banking careers but also many students harbouring potential business ideas 💡 https://t.co/oJyrRzLNwv
Retweeted Manda
@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/07/2019
Thank you for a wonderful Sports Awards evening celebrating so much success.....and for making Alfie’s wish come true🏆 https://t.co/nwAKgprXMw
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/07/2019
All set up for Sports Awards evening tonight 🏆🏆🏆. Looking forward to celebrating our students successes throughout the year⚽️🏈⚾️🎾🏸🏏🎽 https://t.co/YKiG93dypc
Retweeted CVHS Sixth Form
@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/07/2019
Thanks for talking to our Year 12 students yesterday about the dangers of taking drugs
Retweeted CVHS Sixth Form
@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/07/2019
Lovely day with a group of Year 11 and 12. Thanks for a great day! https://t.co/RsA1oMREDl
@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/07/2019
Prefects please read:
Retweeted CVHS PTA
@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/07/2019
Have children starting or already going to Chelmer Valley High School? Come and join us for our Summer Social Meeting. https://t.co/GG74ziNX4w
@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/07/2019
Prefects, the Leadership training for today has been postponed due to the presenter being unable to make it. Please bring your equipment for normal lessons. We’ll get this rearranged ASAP.
Retweeted Tony Curd
@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/07/2019
Great prom class of 2019. Best year ever https://t.co/GD8GarhZnO
@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/07/2019
Paris Trip update: Revised ETA 20.50.
@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/07/2019
Paris Trip Update: unsure of eta at the moment as there is heavy traffic. We will keep you informed when we know.
@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/07/2019
Paris Trip ETA is 20.30. We will send further tweets if there is any change.
@ChelmerValleyHS - 6/07/2019
Y10 have had a magical time at Disneyland Paris https://t.co/5Aspq6YSJk
@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/07/2019
And more from Paris... https://t.co/DpOxuZw9fX
@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/07/2019
Y10 having a fantastic time in Paris... https://t.co/dGqlew1ikW
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/07/2019
Well done to our Year 9 rounders team who came 2nd 🥈 in the district rounders rally⚾️ yesterday. Thank you for hosting all the rallies this year. https://t.co/sO13FwHPqd
Retweeted Essex LSCB
@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/07/2019
When your child sends an image of themselves on SnapChat, the reciever can take a screenshot of that image, which means they then can keep it. Make sure you are social media aware by visiting our website > https://t.co/VTPAePJ4wr https://t.co/MdT84SysxB
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/07/2019
The Y10 Paris trip has arrived safely and all are settled in to their hotel.
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/07/2019
Both Gaby & Freya were superstars at the Yr 7 Essex Athletic Championships today.Freya came 🥉in long jump with an impressive jump of 4m34. Gaby came 🥇in 800m & she is now Essex Champion.Gaby ran a new pb of 2m28 & also broke the school record. Well done girls! https://t.co/N8D65G9csM
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