Admissions Criteria - Explained

Please make sure that you indicate clearly the criteria that you are applying under by ticking the relevant box(es). Please note that you can apply under more than one criterion.   This page should be read in conjunction with the Admissions Policy for Year 7 Entry in September 2018 .

Criterion 1:   Children Looked After

The Admissions Policy for Year 7 Entry in 2018 gives a full definition of "Children Looked After", "Children Previously Looked After" or "Children in Public Care".  A "looked after child" or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order.  

Criterion 2:  Proximity to the School

All applicants to the school will have the distance from their permanent home address to Parmiter's School measured by Hertfordshire County Council's GIS system and is a "straight line distance measurement". 10% of places will be allocated from this list. This equates to 21 places. If there are any remaining places at the end of the allocation process, further places will be allocated under Criterion 8: Distance.  Click here to see statistical information on the furthest distances for previous years. NB:  Places will not be offered under this criterion to applicants who qualify under other criteria.

Click on the following link to find the distance from your home address to your nearest schools via Hertfordshire County Council's Find My Nearest School: http://www.hertsdirect.org/services/edlearn/admissions/links/nearestsch/

Criterion 3:  Sibling

Children with an elder brother or sister attending the school and residing at the same family household from Monday to Friday at the time of application.  The twin or other full brother or sister, born in the same academic year as an applicant offered a place, will qualify under this criterion.  A sibling is defined as children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters.  Where a place has been obtained and a child admitted to Parmiter's School and it is subsequently identified that this place was gained fraudulently, there will be no sibling connection available to subsequent children from that family.

Please note that parents are required to apply to the Local Authority and complete a School Application Form (SIF).

Criterion 4:  Medical

Children for whom it can be demonstrated that there is a compelling medical reason for attending the school.  Applications under this criterion will only be considered at the time of the initial application, unless there has been a significant and exceptional change of circumstances within the family since the initial application was submitted.  All schools in Hertfordshire have experience in dealing with children with diverse medical needs.  However in a few very exceptional cases, there are reasons why a child has to go to one specific school.  Few applications under Criterion 4 are agreed and applications can only be considered when supported by a recent letter from a professional involved with the child or family, for example a doctor or psychologist.  The supporting evidence needs to demonstrate why only Parmiter's School can meet the medical needs of the child.  

Applications for places under Criterion 4: Medical will be considered by members of the Admissions Committee. There is not a set number of places allocated under this criterion.

Criterion 5:  Academic Assessment

25% of places shall be available in merit order by reference to academic ability.  All applicants for places under criterion 5 must have taken a verbal reasoning test and a mathematics test, the results of which will be used to assess their academic ability.  No minimum score will be required to gain admission, places being offered strictly in descending order of each applicant's standardised test score.  Preparation for the tests is unnecessary.  The tests are administered by the SW Herts Consortium (Parmiter's School, Watford Boys' Grammar School, Watford Girls' Grammar School, Rickmansworth School, Queens' School, Bushey Meads School and St Clement Danes School) and a separate application must have been made by the deadline.  Information about the tests and the arrangements, including examples of the questions are available on the SW Herts Consortium website: www.swhertsschools.org.uk

25% of places equates to 52 places:  49 from the priority postcode area of WD3 to WD25 inclusive, AL1, AL2, AL3, HP1, HP2, HP3 and HA6 and 3 places from any other postcode.

For more information on the Academic Test, click here

Click here for statistical information on previous years' Academic cut-off scores.

Criterion 6:  Music

Up to 10% of places to be allocated on the basis of proven aptitude in Music to be determined by prescribed tests.  All applicants for places under criterion 6 must have taken a written test of musical aptitude.  The test is of approximately 40 minutes' duration and does not require any previous knowledge of music or music theory.  There will be 60 questions in total in four sections: pitch, rhythm, texture and melody.  Further details are to be found at the end of these notes.

The Music tests are administered by the SW Herts Consortium (Parmiter's School, Watford Boys' Grammar School, Watford Girls' Grammar School, Rickmansworth School, Queens' School, Bushey Meads School and St Clement Danes School) and a separate application must have been made by the deadline. 

Applicants, who achieve the qualifying mark in the test, will be invited back for a practical music assessment to perform a single piece on their chosen instrument or vocally.  This will be a free choice of piece, which should last no longer than three minutes.  As there is a free choice of instrument and piece, candidates of all aptitudes and all cultures will have equal opportunity to succeed.

This equates to up to 20 places: 19 from the priority postcode area of WD3 to WD25 inclusive, AL1, AL2, AL3, HP1, HP2, HP3 and HA6 and one place from any other postcode.

For more information on the Music Test click here

Click here for statistical information on previous years' Music cut-off scores

Criterion 7:  Children of Staff

Children with a parent who is a current employee at Parmiter's School with at least two years service at the time of application.  A parent means the mother, father, step-mother or step-father of the child and in every case living at the same permanent address as the child.  If the number of applications under this criterion exceeds the number of places available, the tie break will be the length of service of the member of staff.

Criterion 8:  Proximity to the School

This is an overspill criterion.  Remaining places will be allocated on the basis of Proximity to the school (see Criterion 2).

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