Parmiter's School

Parmiter's School

About Parmiter's School

Parmiter's School was founded in 1772 and provides a comprehensive education – with a partially-selective academic stream – to boys and girls aged 11–18. The school gains its name from Thomas Parmiter, a silk merchant from East London, who left property in his will to establish almshouses and a free schoolhouse.

In 1977 the school was moved to Hertfordshire, although the school still enjoys charitable relationships with London’s East End. The school’s motto is “Nemo sibi nascitur” (no one is born until himself alone) and aspires to instil academic excellence, discipline, community spirit, and diversity as key values in its students.

  • Address: Parmiter's School, High Elms Lane, Garston, Watford, Hertfordshire WD25 0UU
  • Local authority: Hertfordshire County Council
  • School type: mixed partially-selective school
  • Headteacher: Michael Jones
  • Number of pupils: 1,400+
  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 103
  • A level results: 80.9% A*–B
  • GCSE results: 61.9% A*/A/9/8/7

Parmiter's School term dates

The 2023–2024 term dates at Parmiter's School are:

  • Autumn term: 6th September – 20th December 2023
  • Half term: 23rd–27th October 2023
  • Spring term: 4th January – 28th March 2024
  • Half term: 19th–26th February 2024
  • Summer term: 15th April – 19th July 2024
  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to Parmiter's School

If you would like your child to be considered for a place in Year 7 at Parmiter's School, you will need to complete the common application form for your local authority.

If you would like your child to be considered for a place under the academic criterion, you will also need to register for them to take the academic ability test with the SW Herts Consortium. This group of grammar and partially-selective schools all administer the same academic tests, so if your child is applying for an academic place in any of the schools in the consortium, they will only need to take the academic tests once.

1. Register for the academic ability test

If you are thinking about registering your child for the academic criterion at Parmiter's School, it's a good idea to speak to your child's teacher first to see if the 11 plus and a selective education is right for them. The 11 plus is a challenging exam, designed to select the children working within the top 25% of their year group.

You will need to register your child with the SW Herts Consortium between Tuesday 11th April 2023 and Friday 16th June 2023. You will then be notified of your child's test venue on Friday 7th July 2023.

2. Apply for a school place

You will be notified of your child's scores in the academic test via your parent portal on the SWH Consortium website on Wednesday 19th October 2023. You can use your child's results to decide whether to apply for a place at Parmiter's School.

To apply for a school place, you will need to name Parmiter's School on your common application form. You must complete the form for your home local authority:

Before completing your common application form, make sure to check the school's oversubscription criteria first. In the likely event that more children achieve the qualifying score than there are places available, the school will need to apply oversubscription criteria to prioritise places.

The application form must be submitted to your home local council by 31st October 2023.

What's on the Parmiter's School 11 plus?

Parmiter's School is a member of the SW Herts Consortium. All of the schools in the consortium use the same academic test to assess children for selective places (with the exception of Croxley Danes School, which only has a music criterion). This means that if your child is applying for an academic place at any of these schools, they will only need to take the test once. You will be informed of the test venue on 7th July 2023 – this may be any of the schools in the consortium and is not related to your school preference or final selection.

Children will take two multiple-choice papers set by GL Assessment on Saturday 9th September 2023 during either a morning or afternoon session. The subjects tested are:

  • Maths: 50 minutes
  • Verbal reasoning: 50 minutes

Learn more about the academic 11 plus in South West Hertfordshire and get free preparation resources in our local guide:

What is the pass mark for Parmiter's School?

Your child's scores in the academic ability test will be age-standardised to ensure that children born later in the school year aren't disadvantaged. Scores will then be combined to give a total score across both papers, which is then placed in rank order with all the other children who took the exam. The range for the combined score is between 140 and 272.

There is no minimum score required – the 52 children with the highest scores will be eligible for a place.

Achieving a particular score doesn't guarantee a place at the school, as it may be oversubscribed with qualified candidates. We always recommend researching the admission policies for your target schools and looking at their oversubscription criteria.

Parmiter's School admission criteria

Parmiter's School does not have a strict catchment area. However, a number of places are prioritised for children who have passed the academic test and who live in particular postcodes:

  • 49 academic places: prioritised for children living in postcodes WD3 to WD25 inclusive, and postcodes AL1, AL2, AL3, HP1, HP2, HP3 and HA6
  • 3 academic places: prioritised for children living in any other postcode

Other oversubscription criteria apply to children not applying for an academically-selective place. More information is available on the Parmiter's School website.

School Details

Type of School Bilateral
Address High Elms Lane Garston Watford WD25 0UU
Phone 01923671424
Region Hertfordshire – SW Herts


Admission Year Sept 2024
Gender in YEAR 7 Mixed


Registration 10/4/2023 - 15/6/2023 More details
Academic Exam 8/9/2023
Test Results Day 17/10/2023
Open Evenings 14/9/2023
CAF form 31/10/2023
Allocation Day 1/3/2024

Academic Selection

Number of Places 208
Standardised No
Age Standardised Yes
Total Number of Exams 2
Number of Rounds 1
Admission Policy View

Exam Boards

  • Granada Learning (GL)

Exam Styles

  • Multiple Choice (MC)

Sample Papers

Name Document or Link Subjects
Familiarisation booklet View Mixed Subjects

Find answers to our frequently asked questions about Parmiter's School

  • What’s the significance of being a partially selective school at Parmiter’s?
    Being partially selective means that a portion of available places is allocated based on academic performance in the 11+ exam. Up to 25% of places shall be available in merit order by reference to academic ability. In order to be considered under this criterion, a verbal reasoning test and a mathematics test must have been taken, the results of which will be used to assess academic ability.
  • How competitive is it to secure a Year 7 placement at Parmiter’s School?
    Competition is high, with an average of 8 or more applicants vying for each available place.