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 Strengthening Minds
@ChelmerValleyHS - 14/06/2019
Another brilliant Raising Self-Esteem session today. The group are making some excellent progress. Always a pleasure to work with! https://t.co/kEpwmbI7wH
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 14/06/2019
Well done to our Yr 8/9 athletics team who competed in the Lee Valley Athletics Cup on Wed 🏃🏻‍♂️🎽The boys came 12th out of 53 teams- a fantastic achievement esp considering the wet conditions🌧. Special mention to Will S &Jeremy who won their events🥇 https://t.co/P7CaumQQMn
Retweeted Will Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/06/2019
A great day with Year 9 doing some coastal fieldwork, but can you guess the location ? 🌊☀️ https://t.co/CZviLqFrCh
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 12/06/2019
Year 7 boys cricket v Boswells is cancelled today due to the weather.
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/06/2019
⚡️ “D of E Silver qualifying expedition” https://t.co/RDCDcbwl3I
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/06/2019
Year 7 boys cricket v SJP has be cancelled today.
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/06/2019
Finally some warmth and sunshine! Day 3 is just about to get underway! ☀️🛶 ⁦ https://t.co/3Qnel95DN0
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/06/2019
Congratulations to Will Nuttall who came 6th in the 1500m at the Essex School Athletic Champs 🏃🏻‍♂️.Well done Will👏👍 https://t.co/DGnXktI7Gq
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/06/2019
Day 2 complete, after some more rain and wind! 💨🌧 But all students did really well and are now all settled at camp! 🛶🏕 https://t.co/fDiuY9AbpH
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/06/2019
Congratulations to Will Steadman who came 1st in the 800m at the Essex School Athletic Champs and is now Essex Champion🥇🏆🏃🏻‍♂️.Well done Will 👏👍 https://t.co/nQn2f1OuJp
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/06/2019
Congratulations to Scott Thomas who came 3rd in the 1500m steeplechase at the Essex School Athletic Champs 🥉🏃🏻‍♂️.Well done Scott 👏👍 https://t.co/9ddrbaqHeY
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/06/2019
Congratulations to Jeremy Bakare who came 3rd in the 200m at the Essex School Athletic Champs 🥉🏃🏿‍♂️.Well done Jeremy 👏👍 https://t.co/nHpkC0kgeO
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/06/2019
The rain has cleared up. Spirits are high! Team 3🛶 https://t.co/6TbotPIZ3H
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/06/2019
Good luck to Will S, Will N, Scott and Jeremy who are competing for Mid Essex at the Essex Schools Athletic Championships today at Melbourne Stadium. 🏃🏻‍♂️🏃🏿‍♂️
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/06/2019
All groups now in camp after a long day’s paddle. But all in really good spirits! 🛶🏕 ⁦ https://t.co/bGQp3W3VQh
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/06/2019
All groups on the water for the start of the Silver qualifying expedition! 🛶 https://t.co/fMMo4peFk6
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/06/2019
Year 8 cricket fixture against KEGS has been CANCELLED due to the weather. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/06/2019
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ALL PARENTS https://t.co/gAFmOIYFPw
Retweeted Essex Safeguarding
@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/06/2019
Over on the ESAB website we have pages dedicated specifically to the different types of abuse people can suffer. You can find information, resources and guidance on how to get help by clicking this link to the Abuse home page. https://t.co/pk9YcnmHeq https://t.co/7tvSevhVuV
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/06/2019
Well done to our Year 7 & 8 rounders teams who competed in the district rally tonight. Great batting and fielding skills on show by all the girls ⚾️⚾️. Thank you for hosting 👍👏 https://t.co/UDVhi5qDBe
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/06/2019
Year 7 boys Cricket against SJP has been cancelled today. This will now be played on Monday 10th June.
Retweeted Chelmer Valley Careers
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/06/2019
The easyJet 2019 Aeronautical Engineering Apprenticeship scheme is now open for applications. They have 2 open evenings for you to find out about career opportunities. For more info go to https://t.co/MWkoHisrCV
Retweeted Chelmer Valley Careers
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/06/2019
Apprentice Bricklayer opportunity available https://t.co/21xPQupwsb
Retweeted CVHS PTA
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/06/2019
The first CVHS fun colour run will take place this July, see poster for details. Tickets available to buy during break at school :) https://t.co/z38iXiyOWr
Retweeted Strengthening Minds
@ChelmerValleyHS - 23/05/2019
Another brilliant Session as part of our Raising Self-Esteem programme yesterday. Great to see the students fully embracing this opportunity and stepping out of their comfort zones to be the best they can be! https://t.co/fi7sQX41Zm
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 20/05/2019
Well done to our Year 7 and 8 rounders teams who beat St John Payne tonight. Great batting and fielding skills on show. Well done girls ⚾️😃👏 https://t.co/5GX1lNJ5kv
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 20/05/2019
Some of the groups at the finish points, well done all! https://t.co/9kBh4Qczs6
Retweeted Manda
@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/05/2019
Thank you so for taking the time out for our kids....Fred had a great time and experience .....and is now fast asleep in his bed 😴😴😴!!
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/05/2019
And we are done! Well done to all involved this weekend, a successful Bronze practice expedition! Huge thanks as always to Miss Ince, Ms Ince and ! See you ALL at school in the morning! https://t.co/5woxCyhrjW
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/05/2019
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/05/2019
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/05/2019
All is still quiet on camp at 5.45am, but Day 2 is about to begin! ⁦ https://t.co/MkeIk1vWjc
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/05/2019
All groups in camp and dinner is on the go! All in good spirits! https://t.co/Ic5io5ufEq
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/05/2019
Group 6 taking a well earned break along the river https://t.co/HFRf899NBo
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/05/2019
Retweeted Essex Libraries
@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/05/2019
Please RT. Volunteer to help with the Summer Reading Challenge. Apply online now: https://t.co/m8IX4x6Zbr https://t.co/1b98C5IaOF
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/05/2019
A great rounders fixture for our Year 9 and 10 teams tonight against .Both games were played in a great spirit. CVHS won the Yr 9 game and SJP were victorious in the Yr 10 team. Well done girls ⚾️👏.
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/05/2019
Well done to our Yr 9 cricket team who beat Boswells tonight in the MESSSA league 🏏👍. Also a big well done to our Yr 7 cricket team who played in their first fixture tonight against KEGS.Although they didn’t win,the boys showed lots of effort & enthusiasm 🏏👏
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/05/2019
Good luck to our Year 11 GCSE PE students today 🍀🍀🍀. You have all worked really hard and that hard work will be worth it. Take your time, keep calm and read the questions! You can do it! https://t.co/W5FyurWnW9
Retweeted CVHS English
@ChelmerValleyHS - 14/05/2019
Thinking of our hard working year 11s before Lit paper 1 tomorrow. Keep calm, read the questions carefully and show off that knowledge you’ve worked for 2 years to acquire 💪🏻
@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/05/2019
Astronomy trip eta 4:20 at school.
Retweeted CVHS Sixth Form
@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/05/2019
Congratulations to Chanice Belshaw who has been offered a manufacturing engineering apprenticeship at Rolls Royce in Nottingham starting in September. Well done Chanice! https://t.co/z2aHsepkEB
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/05/2019
An amazing £234.28 was raised for in the Daniel Memorial football match with sixth formers beating the staff on penalties. ⚽️🏆. Well done everyone 👏
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/05/2019
Sixth formers triumph in the Daniel Boreham memorial game with a 3-2 win on penalties 🏆⚽️. Well done boys https://t.co/51mIhgOSt9
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/05/2019
Well done to our Year 11 rounders team who were crowned District Champions tonight ⚾️ 🏆🥇. It has been a great 5 years working with these girls & was a perfect way to finish. Well done girls, super proud of you all 👍 https://t.co/JOmZyHhGAh
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/04/2019
Silver practice all done. A long and hard day for Year 10 but all did well. Bring on the River Waveney in June. 🛶
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/04/2019
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/04/2019
All going well on the Silver practice so far. But it’s now a 18:00 pick up due to a slow start this morning! Students have been instructed to communicate this information to parents already.
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 27/04/2019
CANCELLED. Due to the really strong winds today’s Silver canoeing practice has been called off for safety reasons. We are still on for tomorrow, half 9 meet.
Retweeted Will Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 27/04/2019
Always enjoy this activity, creating annotated models of cave/arch/stack/stump from memory. Good work 9X1! 🌊🎨 https://t.co/jy1xDdXR4z
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