FAQS

ENTRANCE TEST SCORES

VISITING PARMITER'S SCHOOL

I am thinking of applying to Parmiter's School, can I arrange to have a look round?

Our next Open Day will take place on Thursday 26 September 2019 from 4pm to 8.30pm.  There is no need to book a place.  

I am not able to attend the Open Day, what can I do?

We are also holding open mornings on Tuesday 1, Wednesday 9, Friday 18 and Thursday 24 October.  Please arrive at 9.30am for the Headmaster's talk followed by a tour of the school.   The open morning will finish between 10.30am and 10.55am.  There is no need to book for the open mornings. 

When is the Sixth Form Open Evening?

Our Sixth Form Open Evening will be held on Thursday 24 October 2019 from 6pm to 9pm.  There is no need to register to attend.  Applications will be online and details of this will be available on the website in October. 

I am not able to come to the Sixth Form Open Evening can I come another time?

Please contact the Admissions Officer: admissions(at)parmiters.herts.sch.uk.  All successful applicants for our Sixth Form will be invited to come and have a tour of the school and a meeting with a member of our senior staff. 

APPLICATION PROCESS

How do I make an application?

Parents who wish to apply to Parmiter's School for Secondary Transfer in 2020 must complete their Local Authority online application.  For Hertfordshire residents, please use the following link:  https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/school-admissions/school-admissions-and-transport.aspx

The deadline for applications is 31 October 2019.

Do I need to make a direct application to Parmiter's School?

No, the Local Authority will notify Parmiter's School of ALL applications and parents are asked to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) ONLY if applying under Criterion 3: Sibling or Criterion 4: Medical.   

What happens if I do not submit a Common Application Form (CAF) to my Local Authority?

Places can only be offered to applicants who have applied via the Local Authority.  

What happens if I want to apply under the Academic or Music criterion but my child missed the SW Herts Consortium tests?

If an applicant has not taken the admission tests and received results prior to applying for a place at the school, then it will not be possible for the application to be considered under aptitude and academic testing.

ENTRANCE TESTS AND TEST SCORES

When will I receive my child's test score?

Test scores will be made available by the SW Herts Consortium on 16 October 2019.  You should log on to the parent portal using the email and secure password used at registration at:  http://www.swhertsschools.org.uk.

I have received my child's test score and want to know whether he/she will be offered a place at Parmiter's School.

We are not able to assess whether a child with a particular test score will or will not achieve a place for Secondary Transfer 2020.  It is up to parents to research the historical information provided to decide whether or not to make an application.  The cut-off scores for previous years can be viewed here.  These should be used for guidance only. The cut-off scores for 2020 entry will not be known until National Allocation Day on 2 March 2020.  Each year is different and the information should be used as a benchmark to make a decision about applying to the school. 

What should I do if my child is ill on the day of the Test?

If a student is ill and unable to attend the Academic Test, parents should notify the allocated test centre as soon as possible.  A medical certificate will be required in order for the student to be entered for the Reserve Test.

What happens if my child later complains that they felt ill during their test?

Parents must be aware that no adjustment to marks can be made once a child has taken the Academic or Music Test.

ADDRESSES AND WHERE YOU CAN APPLY FROM

Do I have to live in a catchment area to apply for a place at Parmiter's School?

No Parmiter's School does not have a catchment area and you do not have to live in a specific area or postcode to apply.   95% of the places allocated under Criterion 4 (Medical), Criterion 5 (Academic) and Criterion 6 (Music) are allocated to applicants from the following postcodes:   WD3 to WD25 inclusive, AL1, AL2, AL3, HP1, HP2, HP3 and HA6.

My postcode is not one of the priority postcodes (as listed above).  Can I still apply?

Yes, 5% of places under Criterion 4, 5 and 6 are allocated from outside the above postcodes.

I live outside Hertfordshire, do I still need to submit an application to Hertfordshire County Council?

No, you should apply to your own Local Authority.  

How near to the school do I have to live to qualify under the proximity criterion?

This will vary from year to year depending on who is applying and where they live. Click here to see statistical information on the furthest distances for previous years.

Can I find out which roads or postcodes would qualify for a place under Criterion 2: Proximity or Criterion 8: Distance?

No it is not possible to give information on the roads or postcodes of students allocated a place under Criterion 2: Proximity/Criterion 8: Distance.

What happens if I move during the admissions process?

You should notify your Local Authority and Parmiter's School straight away. Parmiter's School is an autonomous admitting authority and as such will make the decision as to whether or not to accept a change of address during the secondary transfer process.

If I know that I am going to move after I apply, what address should I put on the application form?

The address that you put on your application form must be your permanent home address at the time of application, ie the address that the child is actually living at.

Is there a deadline for my new address to be taken into account for allocation?

The decision to accept a change of address during the secondary transfer process will be at the discretion of the Governing Body.

How is the distance from my house to Parmiter's School measured?

Hertfordshire County Council's "straight line" distance measurement system is used for all home to school distance measurements.  Distances are measured using a computerised mapping system to two decimal places.  The measurement is taken from the AddressBase Premium address point of your child's house to the address point of the school.  AddressBase Premium data is a nationally recognised method of identifying the location of schools and individual residences. 

Can I find out what distance my child's house is from the school?

You can find the distance from your home to your nearest school via the following Local Authority link:  http://www.hertsdirect.org/services/edlearn/admissions/links/nearestsch/

What is the difference between Criterion 2 (Proximity) and Criterion 8 (Distance)?

The distances of ALL applicants are measured and placed in order. Criterion 2 is the initial 10% of places that are offered. Criterion 8 Distance places are offered if there are any places left at the end of the allocations. We simply return to the distance list and continue to work down it.

GENERAL

Is there a school bus from near my home address?

Please refer to the School Transport page of the website.

My child is good at sport.  Will this help with the application to Parmiter's School?

No.  We can only consider applications strictly in accordance with our admissions policy.  We cannot take account of any sporting or other ability.