Curriculum

Students at Parmiter's experience a curriculum which contributes to a well-balanced education, developing the abilities and skills of individuals so that they take a valuable, positive and active place in society. 

Years 7, 8 & 9

In Years 7 to 9, all students follow a curriculum designed to develop essential skills and knowledge in a broad range of subjects.  Each department offers a relevant, balanced and engaging curriculum that provides the foundations for further study.

Years 10 & 11

In Years 10 & 11, students follow a curriculum designed to prepare them for GCSE examinations and post-16 opportunities.  Our curriculum includes compulsory (core) and optional elements.  Our core curriculum subjects are: English Language; English Literature; Mathematics; the Sciences; a Modern Foreign Language.  We are committed to offering a broad range of optional GCSE subjects so students can pursue their areas of interest.  In contrast to some schools, we do not currently prescribe that all students study the suite of subjects required to fulfil the EBacc or the Attainment 8 criteria; we believe this allows students to pursue their areas of interest and strength in their examined subjects.

GCSE Options

GCSE Options Booklet 2021

The GCSE options process for the current Year 9 starts from January 2021.  The GCSE Options booklet (see link above) provides details of the Key Stage 4 courses that will run from September 2021.  Information about the core curriculum (the subjects all students study) and the options subjects are included, along with an overview of each course and how the course is assessed.  Hyperlinks to the exam board specifications for each of the GCSE courses are also included in the booklet. 

Our GCSE Options website will go live later this month.  Further information will be available in due course.

After Parents' Evening, Year 9 students will receive a link to an online form where they will be required to list their subject preferences.  Students will be notified of their subject allocations later in the year.

The Year 9 Parents' Evening will be held on Wednesday 24 February 2021

Sixth Form

Parmiter’s offers an extensive academic Sixth Form curriculum, with over 20 different A Level subjects offered.  All A Level subjects are taught as two year linear courses.  Alongside their A Level subjects, students attend an introductory programme of Study Skills sessions which leads to an opportunity to take the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).  This well respected qualification allows students to further pursue a particular area of interest and develop skills that are directly relevant to and useful for university-level study.

The weekly Year 12 enrichment sessions offer guidance on careers education and personal well-being, a wide range of outside speakers introduce students to a variety of political, moral and social issues.  Weekly guidance sessions continue in Year 13, with a focus on careers, higher education and preparing students for life after Parmiter’s.

Further information is available in the relevant policies, available in the parent area of the website.

Beyond the Curriculum

The school provides a wide range of opportunities beyond the classroom.  Extra-curricular activities enrich a student's experience and are an integral feature of the school's ethos.  These include subject-enhancement activities, clubs and societies, visits and exchanges, community service, and a host of sporting, cultural, musical, house-based, public-speaking and dramatic experiences.  Leadership opportunities are available to students in all year groups at form group, year group and whole school level. 

School Trips

The school offers a full range of extra-curricular trips and visits to complement the curriculum and provide enrichment to our students.

Due to current restrictions we are unable to schedule our usual school trips.  As soon as we are able, we will publish a list of trips for the academic year 2020/21 here. 

Students are notified of visits in their lessons and parents will receive information via our InTouch system. Some trips are offered for the full year group, others are limited and this is made clear in the notification.

Please note this list is not exhaustive and trips may be cancelled if there is a lack of interest.  Similarly, additional trips may be offered as opportunities become available. Please refer to the calendar on the school website for dates of the agreed trips.

Other Enrichment Activities

In addition to the main school trips, other enrichments activities are offered which involve visits.  These include:

  • French, Spanish and German exchange programmes
  • The Duke of Edinburgh Scheme
  • STEM
  • Go4Set
  • EES, University of Hertfordshire
  • Ski trip
  • Tanzania/Cambodia
  • Theatre trips
  • Sports trips
  • Book group
  • Film club