Student Support

Our parents and students tell us that Fitzharrys is a very safe and supportive school. We achieved a ‘Good’ for Behaviour and Safety in our 2014 Ofsted inspection, which recognises the sure foundation for happiness and success we have at Fitzharrys.

We are very pleased with this, but even happier that parents at Fitzharrys feel the same, as you can see from just some of the comments from our Year 7 and 8 parents’ evenings in May and June 2014:

  • “A caring school, responds to pupils as individuals.”

  • “Fitzharrys have been great at helping my son and encouraging him to keep up with the good work and to try new things.”

  • “My daughter has settled in really well and is enjoying her time here and appears to be thriving. I am happy.”

  • “Given my son a new start and his confidence has soared.”

  • “Always feel welcome at Fitz and well informed and confident Fitz will deal with any issues raised ASAP. Happy they ‘know’ my children.”

  • “I am pleased with the way my son feels at school”

  • “It’s a wonderfully caring school which seeks to fulfil every child’s potential”

To achieve this high level of safety, security and support, each student has a wide range of champions throughout the school. Where possible they will have the same tutor through their first five years at Fitzharrys, a member of staff who really gets to know them and will be parents’ first point of call. The tutor team are supported by Heads of Year and our Pastoral Director.

In addition students at Fitzharrys benefit from our unique team of Student Well Being Managers. Attached to particular year groups, this team of non-teachers have a wide range of skills and experiences that make them ideally suited to smoothing over any issues and ensuring that children always have a supportive adult that they can talk to. The team are greatly valued by students, staff and parents alike, and really make a great contribution to the happiness and success of all of the students in their care.


Your school health nurse is: Fiona Singleton

My Role….

Secondary schools within Oxfordshire have a named NHS School Health Nurse who is based in the school.  The aim of the School Nurse is to offer evidence based preventative health care for children and young people.  We strive to improve young people’s health and wellbeing and their life chances.  I work closely with teaching and wellbeing staff at Fitzharrys encouraging students to be both physically and emotionally healthy in order to make informed healthy lifestyle choices and so reach their full potential. 

What I do…. School Nurses provide public health interventions.  Including (but not exclusive to): 

  • Someone to talk to confidentially to address issues concerning emotional, physical, sexual and social health and wellbeing .
  • Immunisations.
  • Healthy lifestyle choices (keeping safe, smoking cessation, substance misuse advice)
  • Support teachers with PSHE.
  • Refer and signpost to specialist services .
  • Offer a confidential School Nurse drop-in.
  • Provide contraception, pregnancy testing and sexual health screening and treatment.

If i cannot help, i will find someone who can…..

How can you access the School Nurse?

  • Young people can pop into the School Nurse office (East Block) at break or lunchtime (alone or with a friend)
  • Speak to your tutor, HOY or Student Services to help with referral.
  • Self-refer by drop in or email (see below).

The School Nursing service is confidential.  This means we can discuss personal information with young people in confidence and will not discuss it with anyone else without their permission.  However we would pass on any information that we feel is needed to protect a young person or someone else from serious harm.  Whenever possible this would be discussed with the young person first.

Fiona Singleton, Fitzharrys School Health Nurse, Contact details:

Monday-Friday 08.30 – 14:30 Term time only. Telephone :01235 462403 or 07909 691324 (answered within working hours)

Email:, School Nurse Website:

February 2017 - School Health Nurse Newsletter

April 2017 - School Health Nurse Newsletter

May 2017 - School Health Nurse Newsletter



school counsellor 

For those students who require that extra emotional support we have a dedicated school counsellor. Shaun Goodwin is a fully qualified and UKCP registered child psychotherapist. Shaun provides regular sessions in a safe and welcoming space where students can talk through any issues or concerns they have. Students are referred to Shaun and may also request to meet with him. All discussions are confidential except where there are concerns around child protection issues. 

pupil premium

To see how Fitzharrys School spent it's pupil premium funding in 2015/16 please click here.

Self harm  

Please click here for information for parents about self-harm.