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  • Parmiter's School
    High Elms Lane
    Garston
    Watford
    Hertfordshire
    WD25 0UU
  • Head: Michael Jones
  • T 01923 671424
  • F 01923 894195
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.parmiters.herts.sch.uk
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Hertfordshire
  • Pupils: 1,455; sixth formers: 412
  • Religion: None
  • Open days: End of September or early October
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 22nd September 2011
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 1st December 2006
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The students raved not just about one thing that made the school tick but a range – sport, drama, music and art all got a mention, and the word most frequently used? Opportunity.  Plenty of space for sixth formers to hang out and socialise or work, with the cherry on top being their own super café run by a former member of the main catering team that offers freshly made cakes...

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What the school says...

Parmiter's School is partially selective. A copy of our admissions criteria can be found on our school website. We welcome visitors to the school; please get in touch with our admissions secretary if you would like to visit.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Mathematics (Further) at an English Grammar School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Music Performance: Group at an English Grammar School (Grade 3 Music or Dance)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Music Performance: Group at an English Grammar School (Grade 4 Music or Dance)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Music Performance: Group at an English Grammar School (Grade 5 Music or Dance)

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since April 2018, Michael Jones, previously head of Holmer Green School in Bucks.

Academic matters

Heady mix of the extremely able (our guide, Cambridge offer under belt, proudly introduced himself as ‘self-proclaimed nerd’), 25 per cent of whom were selected on academic ability (albeit reportedly vast majority heavily tutored), the musical (10 per cent of cohort get in on musical aptitude) and after that a mixed bag. As you would expect, exam results are solid: in 2018, 92 per cent achieved 4-9 in both English and maths and 53 per cent of grades were 9-7. At A level, 79 per cent A*-B and 52 per cent A*/A. Value added scores are high – one parent we spoke to said their child, now Oxbridge bound, merely ‘scraped in’ on academic aptitude but was ‘brilliantly supported’ through any...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Parmiter's is dedicated to supporting all students in order that they fulfil their potential. The SEN Department works in partnership with subject specialists and the pastoral team to identify students who need additional support, as well as those who are gifted and talented. Support is given according to the students' individual needs and within the framework of the Code of Practice. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

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most years
quite often
infrequently
sometimes, but not in this year

Who came from where


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