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 - 1/12/2020
Well done to all the Year 7s who participated in the inter-house football competitions today⚽️. It was great to see so many representing their houses and having fun. The PE dept were impressed with the effort and skill on show. Well done 👍👏 https://t.co/uv2xXalAcv
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/12/2020
Congratulations to 7M who won the boys competition and 7V who were victorious in the girls competition. Both are now Year 7 inter-house CHAMPIONS! ⚽️🏆🥇. Well done 👏 https://t.co/2ZtO02wvrE
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 23/11/2020
Congratulations to Isabel Nicholson 9C for winning Art Work of the Week with your fantastic Surrealism research👏👏 https://t.co/OdO0Vwnssi
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 12/11/2020
We are proud to offer our Art Work of the Week winners calendar 2021-available to buy for £3 on wisepay https://t.co/HCOPehyjDs
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 11/11/2020
Congratulations to Samara Marks 7E, our Art Work of the Week winner with her fantastic Van Gogh pen landscape- great observation and use of line!👏👏 https://t.co/8y8PJq078U
@ChelmerValleyHS - 11/11/2020
Don't miss our live Q & A Session with our Head of Sixth Form at 6.30pm tonight. https://t.co/Q6S3uZEMHa Our Virtual Open Event is now live on our website for you to find out more information about our Sixth Form College. https://t.co/u0z7lIM2Cw
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/11/2020
We are pleased to announce our Sixth Form open event is now live. https://t.co/LZgZnDzyrN We will also be holding a live Q & A with the Head of Sixth Form at 6.30pm on 11th November 2020.
Retweeted NSPCC
@ChelmerValleyHS - 2/11/2020
There's a lot of uncertainty in the world at the moment. And with the UK going into lockdown, your child might be feeling anxious or worried. There are things you can do to help. We have advice to help you support them and keep them safe: https://t.co/bZKCfPXywm https://t.co/Jhgu8HeJzP
Retweeted Essex LSCB
@ChelmerValleyHS - 25/10/2020
👂👉Podcast by looks at why and how young people are drawn into taking and sharing inappropriate images and how they may be feeling. https://t.co/zFL3gpQka0
Retweeted Department for Education
@ChelmerValleyHS - 25/10/2020
Parents and carers, the deadline to apply for a secondary school place for your child next year is 31 October 2020🏫👇 https://t.co/7fI753dAgH https://t.co/V3AyevHZb4
Retweeted The2Johns
@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/10/2020
Please see the below link where we talk about the game . We are receiving worrying reports from parents about their being exposed to sexual questions by other players https://t.co/bLAg7Tivt2
Retweeted Essex LSCB
@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/10/2020
Sending nudes is illegal, even of yourself. It’s not always easy to have this conversation with your child, but there are some ideas on how to start from https://t.co/YCCWWs2fPV https://t.co/FlqiJYDMnz
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/10/2020
Congratulations Chloe Pilbrow 9E for winning Art Work of the Week with your fantastic observational pen drawing- we love the attention to detail!👏👏 https://t.co/uhYiykUWDe
Retweeted UCAS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 20/10/2020
The Dos ✅ and Don'ts ❌of personal statement writing. To help make writing your personal statement a little easier we've outlined some top tips that you should consider... https://t.co/M35NZLKtkL https://t.co/y2Y7sbxGoB
Retweeted Essex LSCB
@ChelmerValleyHS - 20/10/2020
Make sure accounts are set to private to reduce the risk of strangers contacting your child. https://t.co/msscHPui1D https://t.co/iNk7Sd7Bpu
Retweeted Department for Education
@ChelmerValleyHS - 20/10/2020
If your child is unwell, but isn’t displaying any of the three coronavirus symptoms, there’s no need to book a test. After they’ve recovered, they can return straight back to school. .
Retweeted Chelmer Valley High School
@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/10/2020
Following the movement of Essex into the ‘High Risk’ category, students will be required to wear a face mask in all communal indoor spaces. Please see the ParentMail sent on Friday for further details.
@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/10/2020
Following the movement of Essex into the ‘High Risk’ category, students will be required to wear a face mask in all communal indoor spaces. Please see the ParentMail sent on Friday for further details.
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/10/2020
Congratulations Daisy Beach 11L for winning Art Work of the Week with your fantastic painting produced in lockdown exploring the theme of immigration and humanity. Bold contrast and materials use👏👏 https://t.co/ReEMjuds6A
Retweeted Mr W Smith
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/10/2020
A great day in Southwold with Year 13, some excellent data collected for their NEAs. Thank you to for all your support! 🌊☁️ https://t.co/khTglzxugL
Retweeted Essex County Council
@ChelmerValleyHS - 14/10/2020
The Essex Wellbeing Service provides a variety of offers that can help support your practical or emotional needs. If you or someone you know needs help, get in touch with the Essex Wellbeing Service -https://t.co/6X3umHZr09 https://t.co/WbD3MDfHJE
Retweeted NHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 14/10/2020
It's been a tough year for kids. Get support to look after their mental wellbeing with Every Mind Matters
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 14/10/2020
What a brilliant Ultimate Frisbee inter house competition for the Sixth Form! Fun, flair & friendship was on display in abundance!! Congratulations to 12R on the win! https://t.co/Bf2rcVCdh7
Retweeted The2Johns
@ChelmerValleyHS - 14/10/2020
Please see attached link to Facebook. We are alarmed to find that lots of are visiting the adult cam site where they are exposed to adults acting in a sexual way. https://t.co/usw2ONgrSf
Retweeted Public Health England
@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/10/2020
Explore strategies that will help students deal with changing situations and relationships.
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/10/2020
Chelmer chargers up and running, the rain doesn’t stop us 🌧 🏃🏼‍♀️ 🏃🏼‍♂️ https://t.co/TZYncd9HB1
Retweeted Department of Health and Social Care
@ChelmerValleyHS - 11/10/2020
If your child develops symptoms, here’s what you need to do 👇🏾 Only book a test if they have symptoms, to ensure those who need a test can get one. For more information visit: https://t.co/7C0EjLlBi1 https://t.co/pt8tWzUKUZ
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/10/2020
Congratulations to our Art Work of the Week winner- Bryony Little 11H for her fantastic sculpture produced during lockdown- we love the commitment and message!👏👏 https://t.co/iiRGjfcMHx
Retweeted Emma McCall
@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/10/2020
A bit of a delayed retweet but super proud of our little lady 😍 https://t.co/YAROwM8tRC
Retweeted CVHS Science
@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/10/2020
The Y11 Scientist of the Month for September is Sam Carradice who was nominated by Mr Gransull, Mr Hyde and Mr Andrews for his amazing attitude and performance in all 3 sciences
Retweeted CVHS Science
@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/10/2020
The Y9 Scientist of the Month for September is Amber Tippler who was nominated by Mr Andrews for achievinf a score of 97% on her first test.
Retweeted CVHS Science
@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/10/2020
The Y7 Scientist of the Month for September is Archit Chamlagai who was nominated by Mr O'Malley for his hard work and high degree of knowledge across all topics.
Retweeted CVHS Science
@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/10/2020
The Y10 Scientist of the Month for September is Adesewa Oriyomi who was nominated by Miss Fletcher and Mr Andrews for working hard in every lesson and constantly revsing at home.
Retweeted CVHS Science
@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/10/2020
The Y8 Scientist of the Month for September is Billy Mount who was nominated by Mr O'Malley for being very motivated and hard working.
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/10/2020
Congratulations to Mrs Trippick who completed the virtual yesterday. An amazing achievement- well done 👏👍🏃🏻‍♀️ https://t.co/yYsrxMBhrK
Retweeted Department for Education
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/10/2020
If your child develops symptoms, here’s what you need to do. Only book a test if you develop symptoms. This will help make sure people who need a test can get one. For more information visit: https://t.co/wIRNMYE87A https://t.co/C2thaicCIG
Retweeted Essex County Council
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/10/2020
To end this week on a positive, we want to let you know that it is normal to feel anxious during this confusing time. Talking about your feelings will help you feel better about your . Find support available to you here: https://t.co/rRoSBWEq2d https://t.co/iVXvtAEGG1
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/10/2020
Well done girls- a fantastic achievement 👏👏 https://t.co/de8k35H3v5
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 2/10/2020
Congratulations Eloise Musgrove 11L for winning Art Work of the Week with your Edward Hopper inspired painting made during lockdown- fantastic!👏👏 https://t.co/XQ5Ixj8lJR
Retweeted Department of Health and Social Care
@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/10/2020
If your child develops symptoms, here’s what you need to do 👇🏾 Only book a test if they have symptoms, to help make sure people who need a test can get one. For more information visit: https://t.co/xSoOI6zprL https://t.co/TvwfoqFQOL
Retweeted NHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/09/2020
After a tough year, lots of kids are feeling unsettled. Get tips and advice to help support their mental wellbeing.
Retweeted Department for Education
@ChelmerValleyHS - 24/09/2020
If your child develops symptoms, here’s what you need to do. Only book a test if you develop symptoms. This will help make sure people who need a test can get one. For more information visit: https://t.co/wIRNMYE87A https://t.co/pdUn4u5luT
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 24/09/2020
Art Work of the Week winner- congratulations Nell Maguire 10L- we love the strong contrast and light in your still life! 👏👏 https://t.co/8j87WkSE1Q
@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/09/2020
So proud of how all our staff & students have adjusted to the very different circumstances we find ourselves in due to COVID-19. It has been great to see so much respect and kindness being shown. In particular our Y7 students have been amazing. Well done and thank you to all.
Retweeted Department for Education
@ChelmerValleyHS - 20/09/2020
If your child is unwell, but isn’t displaying any of the three coronavirus symptoms, there’s no need to book a test. After they’ve recovered, they can return straight back to school. https://t.co/UB7YUOcasg
Retweeted Children's Society
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/09/2020
💬 'It isn't helpful if adults think they know what's going on in the heads of young people. Adults do not always know the full picture' Young people's tips for parents ⬇️ https://t.co/E3JoJVug8T
Retweeted Department for Education
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/09/2020
These are the symptoms you should be looking out for if you think your child may have . Check the NHS website for advice: https://t.co/JD1KGa9CQU https://t.co/cCb9qCtBL1
Retweeted Colchester Institute
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/09/2020
Are you thinking about your next steps after finishing your studies at School? Our upcoming Open Events will now be held online. Register your interest with us now and we will inform you about our upcoming events taking place this academic year: https://t.co/XnBgVcDoAP https://t.co/i4DBZlpZSi
Retweeted Public Health England
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/09/2020
Use our Dealing with change resource to help students transition back to a school routine.
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/09/2020
Congratulations Tabitha Breen 10H for winning Art Work of the Week with your fantastic lockdown collage- bold and colourful! 👏👏 https://t.co/TqZgxsX9K8
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