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 - 10/07/2020
Summer Term Winner We've had fantastic photographs submitted for this competition and the decision has been extremely difficult. For showing us a great beam of light in this difficult situation - our winning entry is 'Fun Family Walks' from Mia in 7V. https://t.co/YGyyRSkvVh
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/07/2020
Big shout out the Thomas in year 7 who been awarded several badges so far during this lockdown. He has obviously been working very hard and doing great things! Very well done Tom! https://t.co/N4NwY614nb
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/07/2020
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/07/2020
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/07/2020
How cute is this Owl made out of fruit. Well done Daisy Gunn 7E - loving the carefully cut wings. https://t.co/HJYTYNd0j1
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/07/2020
Congratulations to Alfie Alexander 7V for winning Art Work of the Week with your stunning observational still life- beautiful colour and detail!😀👏 https://t.co/T5JrG0smnx
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/07/2020
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 2/07/2020
Sophie in 9S has set herself a challenge of cycling/running the length of the UK during lockdown.The route is 874 miles and she only has 257 to go! Well done Sophie - keep going! 👏👍 ⁦
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 2/07/2020
Just had to share Charlie Dickerson 11E's transition task work with his fantastic version of Edward Weston's'Cabbage leaf'- love the controlled light!👏👏 https://t.co/C3ALQVbE0e
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 2/07/2020
Sophie is raising money for 3 charities- Broomfield Hospital, MINDS and Cancer Research. She has already raised £1,150 but it would be fantastic for her to raise even more! ⁦https://t.co/IvpEorCRoN
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Due to unprecedented popularity, MEITT will no longer be accepting applications for September starts. Thank you to all of our fabulous friends, colleagues and alumni who have encouraged brilliant potential teachers to come to us over the last few months. It is much appreciated! https://t.co/yildQSEnEq
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/07/2020
today would have been Prom day for year 11’s.what a strange year they have had .Sending lots of love to all the year 11’s on what would have been an exciting day hopefully you’ll get your Prom and get to wear your beautiful dresses and suits soon ❤️ https://t.co/rIBafthSZD
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/07/2020
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 29/06/2020
Congratulations Eloise Musgrove 10L for winning Art Work of the Week your fabulous transcription of Edward Hopper's 'Morning Sun' 1952 painting- fantastic light!👏👏 https://t.co/uXBBn5uG2G
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 27/06/2020
The winner of the photograph competition is Amelia with this beautiful shot here which represents the emotion of feeling relaxed. Congratulation Amelia!! https://t.co/kqambSMXFM
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 24/06/2020
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 23/06/2020
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 23/06/2020
Congratulations to our Art Work of the Week winner, Lydia Perry 7M with your fantastic still life painting!👏👏 https://t.co/HXhGAXGoJa
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 23/06/2020
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 23/06/2020
We have had some amazing work over the past few months. We want to share the names of those students who have really impressed. Y7: Connie Moxham, Anastasia Marks, Mia Seward, Peter Twinn, Frankie Leone, Toby Dunthie, Lewis Coffee, Amelia Stafford, Ruby Clark, Libbie Rogers. 1/2
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 23/06/2020
A clever idea from Amelia in Year 7- 'a corona emergency kit' https://t.co/KUpMqsAhLY
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2020
It’s National Sports Week ⚽️🏀🏐🎾⚾️🏈😃. We would love you to get involved with the different challenges each day. See link below for the first challenge of the week. Please remember to send videos/pictures to us - we would love to celebrate your efforts! https://t.co/WhpvKNMKuf
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2020
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2020
The results are in & the winner of our Virtual Sports Day are................ RUTHERFORD 💜💜💜🥇🏆! Well done to everyone who participated throughout the week. It was great to see so many gettining involved & we loved all the videos & pictures.Well done 👏👍😃
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2020
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/06/2020
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/06/2020
Sports Day may be over but do not worry as there will be lots more challenges set this week as we take part in National School Sport Week! 🏀🎾⚽️🏐#NSSWtogether ⁦⁩ Ps- sports day winner will be announced tomorrow 🏆🥇 https://t.co/wsISFgTZDb
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/06/2020
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/06/2020
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/06/2020
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 20/06/2020
Great to see Mrs Howse and her daughter getting involved with the clothes relay challenge 👚👖👕🧢🧤🧣🩳! Looks like you had lots of fun and gained points for Marconi 💙 Thanks for your support 👍 https://t.co/GicQoPMtZk
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