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 - 10/05/2021
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Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 6/05/2021
Congratulations to Amelia Stanley 8V for winning Art Work of the week with her pastel piece inspired by African art and Picasso!👏👏 https://t.co/HPG90PEOEU
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 29/04/2021
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 25/04/2021
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 23/04/2021
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 23/04/2021
Congratulations to our Art Work of the Week winner, Isobel Moore 7R for her fantastic Calder inspired sculpture- great balance and use of materials!👏👏 https://t.co/aAFXusY57r
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 14/04/2021
Congratulations to Olivia Johnson 8E for her fantastic distorted photograph, we really like the composition!👏👏 https://t.co/YBgiiJjDJq
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 14/04/2021
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Retweeted Essex County Council
@ChelmerValleyHS - 14/04/2021
The Essex Wellbeing Service are ready and waiting to support families across our county. If you or someone you know needs support, contact EWS on 0300 303 9988, email provide.essexwellbeing.net or visit https://t.co/D9W3TK8G5U. No family should feel like they are alone.
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/04/2021
Great to see so many of our girls back playing football. 👍⚽️ https://t.co/bfBgTZ8Wmu
Retweeted Essex County Council
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/04/2021
Covid-19 testing update. 👇 This guidance has come from the Department of Health and Social Care.
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 25/03/2021
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Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 25/03/2021
Congratulations to our Photograph of the month winner Emily- Grace 8R 👏👏for her fabulous response to the stimulus 'Reflection' Take part this month, send entries to the theme 'Nature' https://t.co/0ZEamPHgKi
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 24/03/2021
Congratulations Cody Skidmore 10C for your amazing lino print- great use of line and attention to detail!👏👏 https://t.co/r7ueaUu7f6
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 24/03/2021
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/03/2021
Free Facebook live - tonight hosted by the excellent “2 John’s” - helping parents & carers keep up to date with the rapidly changing challenges posed by on- line interactions. https://t.co/g4OnkDBeMH
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/03/2021
Congratulations to Sara Shetye 8F for winning Art Work of the Week with her beautiful observational drawing of leaves- strong use of tone!👏👏 https://t.co/urj0raKfMZ
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/03/2021
Congratulations to all our Year 13 Level 3 BTEC Sport students for their amazing results in exams they sat DURING a pandemic in January!! Very proud all of their hard work, brilliant job! 🏆🏆🏆
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/03/2021
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Retweeted Essex County Council
@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/03/2021
Families can contact the Essex Wellbeing Service for support on a range of subjects. From mental health to finance and much more. The specialist team are ready and waiting to help. Contact 0300 303 9988 or visit the website - https://t.co/68tdHbBhBX You're never alone. https://t.co/y4r7FR5aLB
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/03/2021
Congratulations Vaughan Quilter 8M for winning Art Work of the Week with your lively observational leaf drawing- lovely composition!👏👏 https://t.co/rUTjVew32B
Retweeted Essex County Council
@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/03/2021
Good luck to all pupils across Essex who will be heading back to school this week and a huge thank you to everyone that has made it safe for them to do so! We hope you enjoy being back in the classrooms. Remember to stay safe! https://t.co/4WXTcifdpO
@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/03/2021
We are so looking forward to begin welcoming back our students on Monday. Thanks for all the lovely messages of support from parents during lockdown and the many ‘thank-yous’ from students received by their teachers.
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/03/2021
This email, from a year 11, has really made my day 🥺 https://t.co/mmRLz4541r
Retweeted Department of Health and Social Care
@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/03/2021
We are offering households, and support and childcare bubbles, of school and college aged children regular testing. Find out more 👇
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 2/03/2021
Congratulations to Lily Grover 8R for winning Art Work of the Week with her fantastic seascape painting- we are all looking forward to getting out and experiencing this for ourselves! 👏👏 https://t.co/nXNNRuZrG5
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/03/2021
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/03/2021
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/03/2021
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Retweeted Department of Health and Social Care
@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/03/2021
From tomorrow, we will be offering households, and support and childcare bubbles, of school and college aged children regular testing. Find out more 👇
Retweeted Department of Health and Social Care
@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/03/2021
All local authorities in England are now offering rapid tests for people without symptoms. Around one in three people with do not have symptoms. Rapid testing helps: ▶️find positive cases with no symptoms ▶️prevent people from unknowingly spreading the virus
Retweeted Essex County Council
@ChelmerValleyHS - 27/02/2021
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Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/02/2021
Congratulations Amy Lallyette 10R for winning Art Work of the Week with your fantastic two point perspective drawing- great use of tone & detail! 👏👏 https://t.co/m6TBinWRmV
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/02/2021
New: Head of Business Studies Chelmsford Essex England https://t.co/VkLqSrxMBZ
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 25/02/2021
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 25/02/2021
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Retweeted Department for Education
@ChelmerValleyHS - 23/02/2021
Primary schools will open to all pupils from 8 March. Secondary school year groups and college students will return throughout the week, with asymptomatic COVID-19 testing in place for them. https://t.co/WvmKYviBZj https://t.co/DpMlWB809v
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/02/2021
Yr9: The deadline for GCSE options is this Friday. All information is available here - https://t.co/jsanc1B4xt
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/02/2021
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/02/2021
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Retweeted Jobs In Schools
@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/02/2021
New: Teacher of English Chelmsford Essex England https://t.co/P3EW91V3WL
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/02/2021
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 12/02/2021
Parents looking for ideas for half-term? • FREE 30 min Dance/MT • Mon-Fri at 11am • LIVE on Instagram • Suitable for all ages/abilities https://t.co/0FGlc4ytZE
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 11/02/2021
Congratulations to our Art Work of the Week winners, Rowan Livemore 7R & Keshawn Awortwi-Sam Kwachie 7E for your fantastic Calder inspired stabiles- lively use of colour!👏👏 https://t.co/jDx1Rc953l
Retweeted BBC Essex
@ChelmerValleyHS - 11/02/2021
48,000 disadvantaged Essex school children will receive free school meal vouchers, worth £15, during half term next week. Essex, Southend and Thurrock councils confirm they will all provide vouchers funded by the Government's Covid-19 winter grant scheme https://t.co/vshyIlQOcS https://t.co/3dvvbKoQh4
Retweeted Åsa Plesner
@ChelmerValleyHS - 11/02/2021
I'm looking for a group of English-speaking scouts, ~9-10 years old, who'd enjoy exchanging letters with a group of Swedish 9-10-yo scouts for World Thinking Day (Feb 22). My DMs are open!
Retweeted Ian Puckey
@ChelmerValleyHS - 11/02/2021
Ten years ago I interviewed DS John Woodley, now half of the excellent , who convinced me that this was the new "Stranger Danger". Parents need to learn that children can be targeted in their own homes and have those really difficult but vital conversations
Retweeted Essex County Council
@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/02/2021
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Retweeted UCAS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/02/2021
🤷‍♀️ Go to university or become an apprentice 🤷‍♂️ Tomorrow at 17:00 (UK time) we will be hosting a live debate on Facebook, discussing which route might be best suited to you. https://t.co/ZqjLSy3980
Retweeted Essex County Council
@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/02/2021
Essex’s holiday free school meals vouchers for eligible children and young people for February half term will be sent to parents this week. They can be exchanged for food in most supermarkets and one chain of local shops. For more information visit: https://t.co/9fabOwus66 https://t.co/wtYS8Ihe7m
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