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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Retweeted Tony Curd
@ChelmerValleyHS - 25/01/2020
Martina and Cameron has a good time at the Royal Institute Maths Masterclass this morning building 4d cubes! https://t.co/TKTZbWHyhb
@ChelmerValleyHS - 25/01/2020
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/01/2020
Good luck to all our students who are representing Mid Essex at the Essex Schools Cross Country Championships today at Writtle 🏃🏻‍♂️🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️🏃🏼‍♀️🎽
Retweeted Chelmer Valley High School Equestrain team
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/01/2020
Awesome training session for the team tonight at . Thank you so much for kindly letting us use your facilities! We are very grateful! (especially as it was raining outside!🌧) We are all looking forward to coming back again soon! https://t.co/A15F6HWfQY
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/01/2020
Great first session tonight for our beginners going on our USA Ski Trip 2020 to Killington. Only 33 days to go ❄️⛷🎿🇺🇸#cvhski https://t.co/nQrMkwe14Z
@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/01/2020
For all parents/carers; https://t.co/3uoafchRtB
@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/12/2019
Apps parents need to be aware of.... https://t.co/LWeDdzZUSo
Retweeted CVHS English
@ChelmerValleyHS - 20/12/2019
English revision is everywhere, if you really want to see it...my favourite piece of work of 2019 🎄❤️🎉🤶🏼 https://t.co/wVUqsxR6Jb
@ChelmerValleyHS - 20/12/2019
Thanks to all students who donated to our Christmas Jumper day and made the last day of term so colourful. We will let you know the total raised on our return to school in January
Retweeted Mid Essex Hospitals Charity
@ChelmerValleyHS - 20/12/2019
Thank you to for bringing in presents for our Feering and Tollesbury Ward, our patients thoroughly enjoyed your visit. https://t.co/KBqo5lqKtk
Retweeted Will Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 12/12/2019
Mock election day today at . It was great to see so many students engaging with politics and the election. Now to see how the school results compare with the national results... https://t.co/pCf0KByw1m
Retweeted Chelmer Valley High School Equestrain team
@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/12/2019
Massive well done to Rosie Shepherd today who came 2nd in her first class and 6th in the second class today at the NSEA Grassroots Championships! 🏆🥈 She also won a style award!! Very well done to Rosie and her pony Hattie! 🌟🏆 https://t.co/ICdRy4nkTK
Retweeted UCAS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/12/2019
Thinking about an apprenticeship? Find out what’s available, what to consider, and how to find vacancies. https://t.co/zQSin2cKsb
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/12/2019
Say it ain’t snow! That’s the end of the concert, here is a small clip of the last song... Thank you to everyone who attended. https://t.co/iEvGRKHZG5
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/12/2019
Our Boys Aloud choir performing “Can’t stop the feeling” - got everyone clapping! Yule be sorry if you missed this concert! https://t.co/dq3UbUqACk
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/12/2019
But wait...there’s myrrh! Our superb Senior Choir! https://t.co/91Ly1oCFDE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/12/2019
Our staff choir at our Christmas concert https://t.co/LqX0RRZC1I
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/12/2019
A superb performance at our Christmas concert, a very enjoyable evening! https://t.co/Z65krGzssq
@ChelmerValleyHS - 30/11/2019
CERN Trip has landed and we’re on our way home. It’s been a great trip and the kids have been a credit to the school, highly complimented everywhere we went ETA 17:45 https://t.co/wtY6bx1c4d
Retweeted Chelmer Valley High
@ChelmerValleyHS - 29/11/2019
Sixth Form students at the Senior Maths Team Challenge on Wednesday 27th November. https://t.co/3HisMLckRC
@ChelmerValleyHS - 29/11/2019
88m underground the Year 13 were surprised by an amazing opportunity to see the CMS detector first hand!! https://t.co/BLD48v17kN
@ChelmerValleyHS - 29/11/2019
Preparing to go down to the CMS detector https://t.co/9cutefH7lG
@ChelmerValleyHS - 29/11/2019
At CERN sat in the same room where the Higgs Boson was announced - today is going to be a great tour!!! https://t.co/pk3bBMSfsV
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/11/2019
The CERN visit group has attived safe and sound, now at the UN https://t.co/gCv5J3xFwf
Retweeted Chelmer Valley High School Equestrain team
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/11/2019
One of our team members was lucky enough to be able to have a lesson with International event rider Piggy French today at keysoe equestrian centre!🇬🇧 Sophie had an amazing lesson and said Rosie jumped really well!🌟🦄 Thank you for the goodie bags https://t.co/m2fbttVzKR
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/11/2019
Sixth Form students at the Senior Maths Team Challenge on Wednesday 27th November. https://t.co/3HisMLckRC
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 27/11/2019
Well done to our Year 8 girls football team tonight. A great game of football and although the result didn’t go our way, the girls all played brilliantly. Thank you for a lovely fixture 💙💛⚽️ https://t.co/bROoZcansK
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 27/11/2019
Great performances by our Year 8 & 9 athletes at the Lee Valley Athletics centre last week in the indoor competition. As a result of their fantastic performances both teams have qualified for the finals next week. Well done 👍🎽🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️🏃🏿‍♀️🏃🏿‍♂️ https://t.co/lNBmeTIws7
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 27/11/2019
Well done Rhys 👍👏🏏 https://t.co/r4gpPzARev
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 27/11/2019
A great opportunity for our girls to be coached in rugby by The girls really enjoyed it and look forward to getting muddy next lesson! 🏉🏉🏉 https://t.co/ZXZpD2sOPH
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 27/11/2019
Thank you so much for hosting the event. It was so well organised and our students took a lot from the event. 👍👏 https://t.co/hHCePAGP10
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 27/11/2019
Well done to our Year 7 Rugby team in their second rugby festival, massive improvement from their first! Coming away with 1 win! https://t.co/EXkCvtgtVb
Retweeted Chelmsford College
@ChelmerValleyHS - 24/11/2019
📣 Secure your place now! ✓ Meet tutors ✓ Find out more about the courses on offer ✓ Apply on the evening! DATE: Monday 25 November 2019 TIME: 18:00 - 20:30 VENUE: College https://t.co/VqpaXlclgu
Retweeted Lyn Paul
@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/11/2019
We are lucky that you all came to support us. Xx
Retweeted CVHS English
@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/11/2019
On our BB trip eta currently 6.40pm but will keep you posted - at Dartford tunnel now
Retweeted CVHS English
@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/11/2019
Retweeted Chelmer Valley High School Equestrain team
@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/11/2019
Fab day at Keysoe for the NSEA Plate Championships! The girls jumped three lovely rounds in the championship class to finish on 4 penalties for team 7th!🏆 Sophie and Hannah also did the arena Eventing to both have a pole in the 90 but go clear in the 1m! Well done girls!🌟🎉 https://t.co/tvXLa3GF8I
Retweeted Sam Shrager
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/11/2019
Incredible evening at watching “Schools will Rock You” well done to everyone involved! https://t.co/ksVrc8EEdT
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/11/2019
Well done to our Year 9 and 10 netball teams who won their MESSSA league game against Brentwood tonight. Well done girls 🏐👍👏
Retweeted CVHS Sixth Form
@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/11/2019
The Sixth Form organised 'Chelmers Got Talent' event is on the 29/11/2019 at 7pm. With cake sales, raffle, department teacher & student acts - will be a great evening!. Donations for Farleigh Hospice, tickets available on Wisepay and sold next week at break
Retweeted History Department
@ChelmerValleyHS - 12/11/2019
Thank you to the 17 students who represented the school today at the local WWI memorial service. You did the school proud. https://t.co/9xre3T0ALZ
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 12/11/2019
Great netball fixture for our Year 7 & 8 teams yesterday against . Both teams played brilliantly and it ended a draw in both games. Thank you for a lovely fixture. Well done to all the girls 👍🏐 https://t.co/xbA60jadLk
Retweeted Debbie
@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/11/2019
Well done to Fiona and the pta team for another well organised and great evening!
@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/11/2019
Thanks for your support
Retweeted Miss Sparkles ✨
@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/11/2019
Helped to steward at the fireworks this evening... Amazing! https://t.co/jf7gdTpKAw
Retweeted CVHS PTA
@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/11/2019
🎇🎆Thank you to everyone who came to our Fireworks Spectacular this year. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did 🎇🎆 https://t.co/wEaRIS3hCa
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/11/2019
Congratulations to the Year 7 & 8 boys basketball team, playing Chelmer’s first ever boys basketball game last night! Super proud of their hustle and continued learning! Thanks for the fixture 🏀 https://t.co/aRW5cAAT9Y
@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/11/2019
Thanks to all who attended the spectacular annual PTA fireworks display last night... https://t.co/H2AQp5I51c
Retweeted ALICE ARNOLD
@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/11/2019
AMAZING evening spent with my one at for fireworks ❤️ https://t.co/Gj89ax7VE9
Retweeted SJA Chelmsford
@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/11/2019
Supporting fireworks tonight. Great show as always 🎇 and great view from the ambulance! https://t.co/z1bV4uFCVR
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