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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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
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/09/2020
We are pleased to launch our virtual open evening on our website today to all prospective parents. With a link to our live Q&A with the Headteacher at 6.30pm tonight. https://t.co/TkrPQDEi6F
@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/09/2020
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Retweeted Essex County Council
@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/09/2020
Recently has seen a small increase in coronavirus cases across the county. We wanted to remind you that restrictions have eased, not disappeared. It's so important that we ALL continue to stick to the guidelines so we don't undo all the hard work we've already put in. https://t.co/dH4PopVYpV
Retweeted Mid Essex ITT
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/09/2020
A big WELCOME to all of our new trainees, mentors, Lead Subject Mentors and Professional Mentors! Also, welcome back to our experienced ones. We’re looking forward to working with you all this year. https://t.co/9OpTR9oUqf
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/09/2020
The Chelmer Valley PE team are feeling active this morning!! Mr Wiseman, Miss Horton & Mr Wareham did a morning HIIT! 🥵 Miss Lyons did a morning run & Mr O’Hara was in the gym this morning! 😎 Happy first day back to all of the years today!! https://t.co/Jr92E1dJj7
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/08/2020
Retweeted Strengthening Minds
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/08/2020
In the coming weeks many of our participating schools will begin to deliver our ‘Life After Lockdown’ support prog. We are extremely proud to say that well over 10,000 students nationwide will have their return to school supported through the prog 😀#LifeAfterLockdown https://t.co/NYx9MZGPGy
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/08/2020
A lot of information has been sent out on ParentMail this week and these letters can also be found on our Website https://t.co/9U5D0iBe3J
Retweeted CVHS Sixth Form
@ChelmerValleyHS - 24/08/2020
If you have applied to CVHS Sixth Form and have not yet confirmed your place- please check your email and reply to our message. Thanks!
Retweeted The2Johns
@ChelmerValleyHS - 24/08/2020
In case anyone missed it, this is a link to this evenings Facebook Live event https://t.co/drC5OnvTYO
Retweeted Amazing Apprenticeships
@ChelmerValleyHS - 24/08/2020
Join us today and tomorrow to find out everything you need to know about apprenticeships! We've got plenty of free resources to help you work out your next steps - find out more: https://t.co/5OTUECKhx0 https://t.co/ndUSXd5LC2
Retweeted Essex County Council
@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/08/2020
We want to make all residents aware that help is available if you’re feeling isolated, or in need of practical, emotional or specialist support so don’t hesitate to contact the Essex Wellbeing Service. Visit online for more: https://t.co/6vaIDYqUKa https://t.co/uhGVkxSb5U
Retweeted Writtle Uni College
@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/08/2020
Well done to everyone who received their yesterday! Book your appointment at our College Enrolment Event to discover our practical, specialist courses, covering animal, land-based, art, floristry, design and sports science. https://t.co/3nRexMy4qz https://t.co/Cd9AQ3KhwU
Retweeted Colchester Institute
@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/08/2020
Finished school and still haven’t decided on a course for September or need some further advice? We are hosting Advice Sessions today at both our Colchester and Braintree campuses. Book an appointment and speak to our course tutors about your future. https://t.co/dRp9MKhi7R https://t.co/yu2iXCWzHW
Retweeted Make Happen
@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/08/2020
Essex GCSE students: Got your results, not sure of your next steps? Email your name and school to: info.org for FREE individual phone support with on Mon 24/Tues 25 August to help you decide on your next steps. Limited places, first come first served https://t.co/urCgOn37yr
Retweeted Essex Youth Service
@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/08/2020
GCSE results day is fast approaching. To speak to one of the team, call us on 0800 707 6384 Best of luck to everyone. https://t.co/17YBPXBjyO
Retweeted Children's Society
@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/08/2020
Learning how to build mental resilience👇 👍 Try and be positive 🧠 Appreciate your strength 😠 Don’t hold a grudge 🤚 Take a step back 💜 Remind yourself you always have a choice https://t.co/ST053a6Ku7
Retweeted Essex County Council
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/08/2020
Gradually introducing your child to their usual morning and evening routines is a great way to help prepare them for their return to school in September. Find out how else you can prepare your child here - https://t.co/fEPprcV6Im https://t.co/6TTJRfkXml
Retweeted Stop Swap GO!
@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/08/2020
Hop back over to our website https://t.co/hUGQlXqZy5 We’ve got route maps for Colchester and Chelmsford schools up. Helping you plan your child’s swap to walking, cycling, or scooting #DriveandDrop
Retweeted History Department
@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/08/2020
We are super proud of how our A level students have coped with such extreme circumstances and wish them good luck with their future.
Retweeted Essex County Council
@ChelmerValleyHS - 6/08/2020
The way you’ll be travelling to school or college is changing. From swapping your car to walking, cycling or scooting to school - is here to support you and your family find new ways to travel to school. Visit for more tips and ideas.🚲 https://t.co/0OGJBV4kgY
Retweeted StarLine
@ChelmerValleyHS - 6/08/2020
With exams cancelled this summer, anxiety levels for students awaiting their results are higher than ever. This explores how grades will be awarded and what to do if you're unhappy with your results. https://t.co/dB0JZNAPO3
Retweeted Stop Swap GO!
@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/08/2020
https://t.co/RGFKwlzsRv! September is fast approaching so it’s time to plan how you’ll get your child to cycle, scoot, or walk to school. We can help with school specific swap info 👇 https://t.co/35Q3MzzfHQ https://t.co/YjmYqmsbaj
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/08/2020
Stop.Swap.GO! - Essex County Council | https://t.co/WSZoPQwAIS https://t.co/9PVi0aYflx
Retweeted StarLine
@ChelmerValleyHS - 30/07/2020
If your child is feeling anxious about returning to school in September, take a look at this where our experts share advice on how you can help. https://t.co/6pTwdKMrOq
Retweeted Oak National Academy
@ChelmerValleyHS - 25/07/2020
Looking for something fun and different to do over the holidays? Check out the Oak Activity Club sessions! Activities are easy to follow, like this one from 🤗 From cooking to crafting, debating to painting, we've got it all 🎭 🎨 🤸 https://t.co/at6NoLYnzR https://t.co/JbDpMyW8eW
Retweeted Essex County Council
@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/07/2020
If you have concerns about a child or you’re worried about your own child, support is available to help. Please remember, no one is ever alone. https://t.co/fxizeie8LF
Retweeted NSPCC
@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/07/2020
Is your child's mental health more important than their grades? Some young people might be waiting to hear results for exams they couldn't take, and we know from contacts to Childline that this is impacting their mental health. But we're here to help 👉 https://t.co/CFHom0U795 https://t.co/OYBELJRy85
Retweeted CVHS English
@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/07/2020
SHE’S DONE IT! Amazing, Sophie 🎉Sophie Cycles the UK https://t.co/Urd1DrFEnw
Retweeted Broomfield Ladies FC
@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/07/2020
Absolutely smashed the morning sesh today with PLAYERS WANTED! ⚽ New to football? Played before? We don't mind! Come and join a super friendly bunch of ladies, get fit and have fun! Call/Text Paul for more details 07841262731 https://t.co/59ibKw7gIq
Retweeted Children's Society
@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/07/2020
Reminder: Your potential is endless💘 📸 https://t.co/QUCq1GwehT
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/07/2020
Congratulations Sophie 🥳! What a fantastic achievement- you are a super⭐️! Well done on completing the challenge and raising so much money for deserving charities. https://t.co/ddVRrbTpSl
Retweeted Mumsnet
@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/07/2020
If your child is feeling anxious about their transition from Year 6 to Year 7, join for the next episode of . Experienced school leaders will be sharing expert advice on what you can do to help. Tune in at 8.30am on Wed. https://t.co/Os2zIjNWOr https://t.co/ng7B9GLOKC
Retweeted Emma McCall
@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/07/2020
She did it!!! 47 miles today, LEGOG complete - 874 miles + 2 for luck and over £1,500 raised for charity 💓 Thank you for all her support and for the generous donations 😊 https://t.co/hKwSd9tUcg
Retweeted CVHS English
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/07/2020
16 weeks, 11 teachers, 990 SMHW tasks...some amazing work has been produced and we’ve been blown away buy your commitment and enthusiasm in very tricky times. Have a great summer and we can’t wait to see you all in September! https://t.co/6IihBrE6tB
Retweeted CVHS English
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/07/2020
Sophie is nearly there! What an achievement 🙌🏻 Sophie Cycles the UK https://t.co/Urd1DrFEnw
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/07/2020
👀take a sneaky peek at the cover for the 2021 Art Department Work of the Week winners calendar- which will be available to buy next term- watch this space! Well done Izzy Joyce 10R for the cover painting!👏👀 https://t.co/SPYECUJ6Nu
Retweeted CVHS English
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/07/2020
An excellent letter of thanks to key workers for their heroism in tackling Covid19 from Alex in Year 7. It is a pleasure to read and I love his inclusion of inspirational quotes at the end. Well done, Alex! https://t.co/CWM1MQRbBS
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/07/2020
Have a go at Mr Wiseman’s new workout video! Challenge yourself & enjoy 😃 https://t.co/HQisnoHUYp
Retweeted trickyvik
@ChelmerValleyHS - 14/07/2020
Great virtual sports award evening tonight. It would have been very easy to not go ahead with it this year. It was lovely you made the effort and great to see you all dressed up! Fingers crossed for a return to some sort of normality in Sept. Thank you x
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