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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@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/02/2019
Another enjoyable evening activity- ice skating ⛸⛸. https://t.co/Y7axBytyNe
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/02/2019
Clowns of the day on Day 3 are Sophie, Ellie and Will 🤡.They all can’t wait to wear their high vis jackets for 24 hours! https://t.co/sZ89BxGNcX
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/02/2019
Not even 4 hours of skiing and 1 hour of basketball, football and handball can tire them out! 🏓⚽️🏀🥅⛷ https://t.co/SnSm2BQQyr
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/02/2019
A bit of fun in the sports hall before dinner. Then it’s off to ice skating tonight ⛸ https://t.co/E1vC8LV3Hm
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/02/2019
The beginner group in action! ⛷🎿🗻 https://t.co/05DgCfVXd8
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/02/2019
Day 3 on the slopes completed ✅. Lots of progress made today especially in the beginners group. Looking forward to going to the Glacier tomorrow 🎿🗻⛷☀️ https://t.co/8givnZSFMb
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/02/2019
Students also enjoyed time in the trampolining park https://t.co/l4lu8G7voO
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/02/2019
The students enjoyed the CVHS Beach Volleyball Championships after dinner. The winners were......Mr McCarthy, Mr Regan and Mr Wareham 🏐🥇🏆 https://t.co/wS0FPH47Bm
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/02/2019
Great night celebrating Matt’s birthday at the BBQ restaurant 🎁🎂🌭🍔. Happy Birthday Matt! https://t.co/Dg4ewgkeuE
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/02/2019
A few pictures from tonight’s dinner at the BBQ restaurant https://t.co/BHH6ggFi17
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/02/2019
Clowns of the day are Ollie, Callum and Jack (JT) 🤡.They all can’t wait to wear their high vis jackets for 24 hours! https://t.co/DeeElqu8UZ
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/02/2019
Another great day on the slopes in the sunshine. Everyone is having lots of fun and making progress 🎿⛷🗻 https://t.co/dCitLwJbIj
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/02/2019
GCSE English revision before dinner. Well done Year 11 and thank you Miss Hill and McCarthy 📙📘📗📕 https://t.co/jSV6ra2Pmt
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/02/2019
Happy Birthday Matt! 1️⃣5️⃣ today. Hope you have a great day on the slopes 🗻⛷🎿🎁🎈 https://t.co/SjmW7OKMRV
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/02/2019
Advanced group had fun on the slopes today 🗻🎿⛷ https://t.co/uGk9cASQcW
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/02/2019
Great first day skiing 🗻🎿⛷. Now back to the hotel before heading out to swimming after dinner 🏊‍♂️ https://t.co/jPJJbWi0Gw
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/02/2019
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/02/2019
All ready for our first day on the slopes ⛷🗻🎿 https://t.co/w1NmkCX83Y
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/02/2019
Great view from our hotel. Students all settling in and getting ready for dinner before ski fit later tonight 🎿🗻⛷ https://t.co/YEUQjDd3sm
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/02/2019
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/02/2019
A few tired faces but at the hotel and getting settled in! https://t.co/cQUadxMu0g
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/02/2019
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 14/02/2019
Welll done to our Yr 7 & 8 football teams who played WDF in the MESSSA league tonight. The Yr 8s came away with the victory, winning 3-1. A great team effort by the girls. Although the Yr 7s didn’t win, lots of effort & skill was on show. Well done girls 👏⚽️ https://t.co/4lI9E47iXf
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 11/02/2019
Well done to our Year 8 b netball team who competed in the district B netball rally tonight. All the girls showed lots of effort, enthusiasm and skill on the court. Well done girls 🏐👏⭐️ https://t.co/oYsyLvTbti
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/02/2019
Well done to our Year 7 boys football team who beat Becket Keys tonight 4-3 in the MESSSA league. It was tough conditions in the wind but all the boys played well. Well done boys 👍👏⚽️.
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 6/02/2019
Congratulations to our Yr 7 cross country teams who competed at Essex Schools Cross County Championships at Stubbers today 🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️. Special mention to Gaby Bilbie who has now been selected to represent Essex after coming 3rd in her race🥉🏃🏼‍♀️. Well done everyone 👍👏 https://t.co/hRIS3N8Asp
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 6/02/2019
Congratulations to our Yr 8 x-country team who came 2nd in the Essex Schools Championships today.A fantastic effort by all of them🥈Special mention to Will Steadman who came 1st in the race 🥇🏆 and Freddie Pheby&Cooper Mills who have all been selected for Essex https://t.co/merxLI3E0A
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 6/02/2019
Congratulations to our Yr 7 b netball team who won the B Netball Rally at WDF tonight🥇🏆. Great effort by all the girls- well done 👍👏🏐 https://t.co/OS4bJfS2gP
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/02/2019
Congratulations Gaby Bilbie who competed in the Essex & Eastern Championships at Lee Valley on Sunday in the 800m and came 2nd with a new pb of 2.29.2 🥈🏃🏻‍♀️🎽. Well done Gaby 👏👍 https://t.co/zWt52sFMEL
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/02/2019
Congratulations to Will Steadman & Cooper Mills who were part of the U13 Cross Country team & were crowned Essex Champions yesterday🥇🏆🏃🏻‍♂️. Special mention to Will who also won the individual title 🏆🥇.Well done boys- a fantastic achievement 👏👍. https://t.co/SA72FxP3JX
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/02/2019
Don't forget that Chelmsford College have their open evening tonight 6pm - 8.30pm https://t.co/MPpLidEOXv
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 31/01/2019
Amazing models of hearts created by our Year 10 GCSE classes. Well done ♥️💙 https://t.co/b6MYF61gVA
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 31/01/2019
Thank you for helping one of our GCSE PE students with their ‘Build a Heart Homework’. It tasted as good as it looked. 💙♥️🍪 https://t.co/XF0baUMBTU
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 31/01/2019
Year 8 Rugby Festival at Great Baddow today has been CANCELLED due to frozen pitches.
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 30/01/2019
The Chelmer Valley High School Team hard at work at the CSES IET Faraday Challenge today https://t.co/wfose5QVIz
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 30/01/2019
The 'Faraday Challenge' is taking place at our Chelsmford campus today! Teams from , , , , & Felstead are competing in this National competition for the chance to win vouchers & a spot in the Grand Final! https://t.co/vHFpkIyoL5
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 29/01/2019
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 29/01/2019
Great netball fixture for our Yr 7 & 8 teams tonight against CCHS in the MESSSA league. Year 7 girls won 8-4 and Year 8 won 14-7. Well done girls 👍👏🏐
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 29/01/2019
A great tournament for our Year 7 Rugby team today at Great Baddow. The boys played really well and won all of their games! Well done boys 🏉💪👍
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/01/2019
At our next You can ✓ Meet tutors ✓ Find out more about the courses on offer ✓ Look around both our campuses ✓ You can even apply on the evening! Don't miss out! 🎓 • Monday 4 February 6pm - 8.30pm https://t.co/v34UCTqDYh https://t.co/xgoUteORNs
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/01/2019
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/01/2019
The online application process for the 2019 Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Programme (OGTAP) is now open. The application form, eligibility criteria and full details of the recruitment process can be found on the OGTAP website – https://t.co/idNKO6E2On
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/01/2019
A career in Law? Mayer Brown are hosting a Law Open Day in London for Year 13s looking to find out more about the different pathways into a career in law with a top international law firm, incl their Solicitor Apprenticeship programme. https://t.co/b3FeOtNn9A
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/01/2019
Thinking about a career in Investment Banking? Go to https://t.co/q6d22kbWGs to find out more.
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 24/01/2019
Open evening at Chelmsford College on 4th February 6pm to 9pm https://t.co/xR4EQeQTOS
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/01/2019
Our DofE season is about to officially start all over again for this year, beginning with Year 9’s first evening prep session. All Bronze participants must attend tomorrow (Weds 23 Jan) from 3.15pm to 4.45pm in N13/Humanities. See you there!
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/01/2019
Well done to all our Yr 7&8 athletes who competed in the District Indoor Sportshall Athletics competition🎽🏃🏻‍♂️🏃🏻‍♀️.Some fantastic results in our 1st competition.A special mention to our Yr 7 girls who came 2nd overall🥈.Thank you to for organising.
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/01/2019
Special mention to⭐️Will Steadman⭐️who came 5th &⭐️William Nuttall⭐️who came 6th in the jnr boys race.Also to ⭐️Scott Thomas⭐️who came 10th in the inter boys race.All boys have now been selected to represent Essex at the Southern Counties.Well done boys 💪🏃🏻‍♂️👏 https://t.co/vKSXHeX4op
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/01/2019
Congratulations to Francesca Low, Will Steadman, Freddie Pheby, William Nuttall and Scott Thomas who all competed for the Mid Essex Cross Country team at the Essex Schools Championships. They were all fantastic- well done 👏👍
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