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 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
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/11/2019
Excellent training session for equestrian team last night. They are now looking forward to competing in Bedfordshire on the 17th 🐎🐎 https://t.co/rsIZVoRsmf
Retweeted CVHS Sixth Form
@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/11/2019
Sixth Form Open Evening and Apprenticeship Fair @ CVHS is next week on the 12th November 6pm - 8pm. Fantastic evening planned with subjects offered being showcased and seminars on; Extended Project/ & Competitive Courses @ university. Look forward to seeing you!
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/11/2019
And thank you and well done to the staff and students, on and off stage, from and https://t.co/Vthlm7YiXD
Retweeted CVHS PTA
@ChelmerValleyHS - 6/11/2019
🎇🎆ONLY 2 DAYS TO GO 🎆🎇 Come along to our amazing Fireworks Spectacular at Chelmer Valley High School THIS FRIDAY https://t.co/uheV8GMHH0
Retweeted CVHS PTA
@ChelmerValleyHS - 6/11/2019
🎇🎆Our supporter One Stop Vans will be at our Fireworks Spectacular selling ice creams 🍦this Friday 👍
Retweeted CVHS PTA
@ChelmerValleyHS - 6/11/2019
🎆🎇Thank you to our amazing supporters for our Fireworks Spectacular this Friday 😀 8th Chelmsford Scouts will be selling delicious hot food for the evening https://t.co/c2WYqWevVH
Retweeted CVHS PTA
@ChelmerValleyHS - 6/11/2019
🎆🎇 Our supporter, local beauty salon, Auburn Glow 💅🏼 💇‍♀️ will be helping us during our Fireworks Spectacular this Friday 👍 https://t.co/XheFLp7gdu
Retweeted Will Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/11/2019
An amazing week in Iceland with an incredible group of students, full of unforgettable experiences. Thank you to Mrs Salter for the help organising, to , and to this exceptional team of teachers for making it all possible. 🌋🇮🇸 https://t.co/Ij5bq1qvtW
Retweeted CVHS Year Groups
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/11/2019
has passed through the Dartford Tunnel. ETA at Chelmer is 9.45pm 🚌
Retweeted Will Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/11/2019
Day 4 took us to Fridheimar greenhouses, Gullfoss waterfall, the Strokkur geyser, seeing Icelandic horses, Þingvellir national park and Kerið crater lake! Cold but great day! 💧🇮🇸 https://t.co/D3ln5QmdcM
Retweeted Will Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/11/2019
ETA now closer to 9.45pm approx https://t.co/8yrGCQnTJg
Retweeted Will Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/11/2019
Our last day in Iceland has seen us cook and eat eggs and bread in the hot springs at Hveragerdi and visit the capital, Reykjavík. Now en-route to the airport for our flight home. 🏙🇮🇸 https://t.co/5PnQgIz5tC
Retweeted Will Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/11/2019
Day 3 - waterfalls, monster truck touring and learning about the formation of Iceland at the , good day! 🌋🇮🇸 https://t.co/zyJUaksEjD
Retweeted Will Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/11/2019
Geographers have just been learning about Icelandic folk stories of trolls and elves, could influence some great imaginative writing ?! 👺🇮🇸
Retweeted Essex LSCB
@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/11/2019
In Essex alone, there are more than 20 offences a week where a child has been groomed into taking a sexual image or video. Know the signs and visit our website for guidance and resources to keep your child protected whilst online. https://t.co/8TMlBoLedO https://t.co/K43Y9rtdGg
Retweeted Will Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 31/10/2019
Happy birthday to Michael, enjoying his birthday in Iceland! 🎂🇮🇸 https://t.co/Plh69xtL6B
Retweeted Will Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 31/10/2019
Day 2 in Iceland, glacier walking on Solheimajokull in the sunshine before the fog came in whilst on the beach at Reynishverfi! 🏞🇮🇸 https://t.co/uhXruSX2K1
Retweeted Will Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 30/10/2019
A long but great first day in Iceland, ending with a swim in the Blue Lagoon! En route to the hotel now. 🏊‍♂️🇮🇸 https://t.co/aZ0TmwXHKa
Retweeted Will Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 29/10/2019
Iceland 2019 is tomorrow! 7:00am meet at school, hoody, passport and swimming items in hand luggage as essential things to remember for that last minute packing! See you in the morning. ⏰🇮🇸
Retweeted springfield SYG
@ChelmerValleyHS - 29/10/2019
If you can attend then please come along https://t.co/R9l2kSrTO2
Retweeted CVHS PTA
@ChelmerValleyHS - 29/10/2019
🎆🎇Shoutout to another amazing sponsor for our Fireworks Spectacular here on 8th November https://t.co/KFrNTaIE2U
Retweeted CVHS PTA
@ChelmerValleyHS - 29/10/2019
🎆🎇Event Sound & Light are another amazing sponsor for our Fireworks Spectacular on 8th November here at Chelmer Valley High School 🎆🎇 https://t.co/3X80v59jWJ
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 23/10/2019
All PE extra curricular clubs are cancelled tonight and tomorrow night after school. Fixtures tonight are: Year 9 Football and Year 11 Rugby @ Anglo and Year 7 & 8 Girls football at Moulsham.
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/10/2019
It was great to see so many girls playing football tonight. Despite the weather everyone played brilliantly and gave 100%! Thank you for hosting the fixture for Year 7, 8 and 9. https://t.co/SyqdzxYTQ0
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/10/2019
Well done to our Year 7 Girls in the schools first ever basketball competition! So proud of their effort and skills today 🏀 https://t.co/IwmGzAlhmD
Retweeted CVHS PTA
@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/10/2019
🎆🎇Joyce Solutions are another one of our amazing sponsors for our Fireworks Spectacular on the 8th November 🎇🎆 https://t.co/83ffHzEmJw
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/10/2019
Great to see both Year 7 girls and boys at basketball club tonight. It has been great to see how hard they have been working and how much improvement they have made over the last few weeks. Looking forward to our first girls fixture on Monday 🏀👍. https://t.co/9MXG9xHpXa
Retweeted CVHS PTA
@ChelmerValleyHS - 20/10/2019
PRNT IT are one of our amazing sponsors for our upcoming 🎆Fireworks Spectacular 🎆 on Friday 8th November 😀👍 https://t.co/3t4ATO4Mgg https://t.co/b8o83PzNWW
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/10/2019
Well done to our Year 8 boys football team who won 3-2 tonight in their district league game👍⚽️. Also well done to our Year 9 rugby team who won their first game of the season today👏🏉
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/10/2019
Well done to our Year 8b netball team who came 3rd in their netball rally tonight 🥉. Well done girls 👍👏🏐. Thank you WDF for hosting. https://t.co/g7UaXVtcsT
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/10/2019
Congratulations to our Year 10 & 11 athletics team who competed in the ‘A’ final of the Lee Valley Indoor athletics competition.All the boys performed brilliantly with lots of improvements from the heats! Well done boys- super proud of you 👍🎽🏃🏻‍♂️🏃🏿‍♂️ https://t.co/fuQgW9F06n
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/10/2019
Special mention to Vinnie Maxfield who won the 60m sprint in a fantastic time of 7:39 🏃🏻‍♂️🥇 and Jeremy Bakare who won the 200m in an impressive time of 25.8 🏃🏿‍♂️🥇. Well done boys! https://t.co/qPkLJMGBJX
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/10/2019
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/10/2019
, the deadline to apply for a secondary school place for your child in 2019 is October 31 2019 🏫📚👇 https://t.co/cfAaaYARsM https://t.co/zjq3tFvJLS
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