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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..

Teachers brilliant at imparting knowledge, developing independent thinking and curious minds and preparing for exams – all helped by the school leading on teacher training and providing exceptional CPD. Little need for ‘wake up and smell the coffee’ pep talks to pupils here - they even seem to excel in mocks. Yet it’s not overly pressurised, say most. Excels at value added, not only sitting in the top 11 per cent for state schools, but also getting above average scores for sixth-formers. In fact, the school had just got a dazzling pat-on-the-back letter from the DfE when we visited. School equally famous for its sport and extra-curricular. But some parental niggles that ‘it’s all about the...

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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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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since April 2018, Michael Jones (50s), previously head for nine years of Holmer Green School in Bucks. Earlier roles include head of expressive arts at Francis Combe. After studying English and American literature at Warwick, he trained as an actor ‘in my wilder 20s’, later becoming a drama teacher because, he laughs, ‘my wife said, “Is there going to be a point at which you help pay the mortgage?” Also, you have to look into your soul and ask yourself, “Am I really good or driven enough for a life of acting?”,’ he muses, offering a glimpse of his characteristic humility that is a perfect fit for this school which, as he puts it, ‘doesn’t take itself too seriously’ (‘It did once,’ a sixth former later told us. ‘In my lower years, it thought...

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Please note: 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


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