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Parmiter's School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Parmiter's School 11 plus: A Parents' Guide for 2022


Originally established in 1722, Parmiter's School is a co-educational state school. 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 school house. 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 instill academic excellence, discipline, community spirit, and diversity as key values in their students.

Is Parmiter's School a grammar school?

Parmiter's School is a partially selective co-educational state school with academy status, and students do not pay fees to attend. It is part of the South West Hertfordshire Consortium of grammar schools.

11 plus exam information for Parmiter's School

  • Address: Parmiter's School, High Elms Lane, Garston, Nr. Watford, Hertfordshire WD25 0UU

  • County: Hertfordshire

  • Admissions info: [email protected]

  • School type: co-educational state school, partially selective

  • Number of pupils: 1,237 (approximately) including sixth form

  • Number of Year 7 places: 208

  • Open day: September/October 2022

  • 11 plus exam dates: September 2022

  • Exam board: GL Assessment – SW Herts Consortium

Parmiter's School term dates

Parmiter's School term dates for 2022/2023 are as follows:

  • Term 1: 5th September to 21st October

  • Term 2: 1st November to 16th December 2022

  • Term 3: 4th January to 9th February 2023

  • Term 4: 20th February to 31st March 2023

  • Term 5: 17th April to 26th May 2023

  • Term 6: 5th June to 21st July 2023

What is the catchment area for Parmiter's School?

You do not necessarily need to live within the school’s priority postcode to attend Parmiter’s School, although 95% of admissions are allocated within the catchment. The priority postcodes are as follows: WS3-WD25 (inclusive), AL1, AL2, AL3, HP1, HP2, HP3 and HA6.

Just 5% of the allocated places come from outside this catchment area, so living within the priority postcodes means you have a much higher chance of admission. You can find out more about previous students’ proximity for admissions to Parmiter’s School here.

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Parmiter's School 11 plus admissions process

As Parmiter’s School is only partially selective, not every student will need to sit an entrance test in order to attend the school. This is only necessary if you want your child to be considered under the academic or music criterion for admission.

Registration for the Parmiter’s School 11 Plus must be completed via the SW Herts Consortium here.

When is the Parmiter's School 11 plus exam taken?

Parmiter's School 11 plus is taken in September of Year 6.

Parmiter's School 11 plus exam format

The South West Herts Consortium 11 plus test is a paper based exam. For Parmiter’s School, you can apply for either of the following via the consortium website:

  • Academic aptitude test

  • Musical aptitude test

You can learn more about the SW Herts Consortium’s 11 plus test – what is covered and how to prepare – with help from Atom Learning here.

How to prepare for the Parmiter's School 11 plus

Starting your preparation early for the 11 plus is essential to getting the best results. Frequent and consistent practice, starting in Year 4 or Year 5, is your best bet to get the most out of the 11 plus entrance test.

First, work progressively through skills that your child is already using at school to consolidate their knowledge at their current Key Stage. You can then introduce online mock tests into your child’s routine to build up their exam technique and get an idea of any areas where they might need further support. Using online practice papers is a great way to make sure that your child isn’t overwhelmed when it comes to sitting the 11 plus exam, and give them the best chance at success.

How Atom can help your child prepare for the Parmiter's School 11 plus

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