Whole School Curriculum Vision

At Fitzharrys School we believe that students should be given every opportunity to foster a life-long passion and deep understanding of every school subject they are taught. We feel that a broad and balanced curriculum with clear intent and precise implementation will lead to excellent outcomes for all.

At Fitzharrys we have three core values that run through all that we do and teach:

  • Aspiration
  • Opportunity
  • Integrity

Our curriculum as a whole, and within each discrete subject, aims to encapsulate and promote these core values. We have a knowledge-rich curriculum which meets the needs to all students at each age and stage of their education, supported by excellent extra- and super-curricular opportunities.

Students complete a three-year Key Stage Three where they will experience a broad range of subjects from across a variety of disciplines. These will include opportunities for theory, practical and performance-based experiences. We believe that by continuing with these subjects for three years, before narrowing their subject choices for Key Stage Four, allows them to truly experience and value all subjects regardless of previous experience.

Students will make options choices for Key Stage Four in the Spring Term of Year 9, with clear information and opportunities made available for them to experience each subject and gain information through our options process. 

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

All students will take the core subjects:

  • English Literature and Language
  • Maths
  • Science (either triple or combined)*
  • Core Physical Education
  • FitzFocus+ - including PSHE and Religious Studies

In addition to the core subjects, students will pick up four options subjects.

We encourage Fitzharrys students to study a Modern Foreign Language and either History or Geography as two of these options subjects. By studying a language and humanity, in addition to the core subjects of Maths, English and Science, students will achieve their EBacc (English Baccalaureate). The EBacc is a set of subjects at GCSE that keeps young people's options open for further study and future careers.

We support students in choosing alternative pathways where appropriate. We tailor our offer to each individual student, and we make vocational and other suitable courses available where needed.


Key Stage 5

At KS5 we offer a range of subjects as part of our JMF6 provision, in collaboration with our partner school, John Mason. Our ambition is for every student to access outstanding learning opportunities, which encourage them to become academically successful, happy, confident and inquiring young people. We offer a range of subjects along with opportunities including Duke of Edinburgh and our enrichment programme.

As part of enrichment all students have the opportunity to access:

  • Extended Project Qualification
  • Core Maths
  • Accounting
  • Oxbridge and Russell Group Pathways

Full details of the courses on offer can be found in our Sixth Form: JMF6-Abingdon website

Curriculum queries can be directed to Mrs Pauline Wileman. Email:

Curriculum Maps

Our curriculum subject summary maps can be found on our Curriculum Maps webpage.

Further subject information on KS5 curriculum and course content can be found on the Sixth Form: JMF6-Abingdon website.