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Parmiter's School
Motto Nemo Sibi Nascitur (Latin: "No man is born unto himself an island")
Established 1681 in Bethnal Green
1977 at current site
School type Co-educational, Specialist School in Technology and Music
Headmaster Brian Coulshed
Location Garston, Watford, Hertfordshire, UK
Enrollment 1250 students including 300 in Sixth Form
Staff 80 teaching and 50 support-staff
Badges Phoenix
Diagonal Cross
Founder Thomas Parmiter 1681
Colors Burgandy, Sky Blue, White and Navy Blue
Homepage www.parmiters.herts.sch.uk

Parmiter's School is a co-educational mixed ability school in Garston near Watford, Hertfordshire, England with a long and interesting history. Although it is mixed ability it is partially selective (see below). It is currently the most oversubscribed school in Hertfordshire, and has often been recognised by the DfES for being one of the highest performing schools in the country by value added and raw score as a mixed ability school. Image File history File links Parmiterscrest. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Coeducation is the integrated education of men and women. ... The specialist schools programme is a UK government programme which encourages secondary schools to specialise in certain areas to boost acheivement. ... Institute of technology, and polytechnic, are designations employed in a wide range of learning institutions awarding different types of degrees and operating often at variable levels of the educational system. ... A music school or conservatory is an institution dedicated to teaching the art of music, including playing of musical instruments, musical composition, musicianship, music history and music theory. ... , Garston is a village in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, more or less contiguous with Watford and now, despite retaining a fiercely strong local identity, is effectively, a suburb. ... Watford is a town and district in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, situated 34 km (21 miles) northwest of London and within the bounds of the M25 motorway. ... For the similarly named county in the West Midlands region, see Herefordshire. ... Burgundy is a shade of dark red associated with the Burgundy wine of the same name, which in turn is named after the Burgundy region of France. ... It is said that the name of the color is due to the choice in the wardrobe of Alice Roosevelt Longworth. ... This article is about the color. ... Navy blue is an especially dark shade of the color blue. ... Garston could refere to several places, Garston, Hertfordshire Garston, Merseyside This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Watford is a town and district in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, situated 34 km (21 miles) northwest of London and within the bounds of the M25 motorway. ... For the similarly named county in the West Midlands region, see Herefordshire. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... The Department for Education and Skills is a department in the United Kingdom government created in 2001. ...



The School has its origins in the Will of Thomas Parmiter, silk merchant, in 1681. In his last testament he left property to endow six almshouses and "one free school house or room" in Bethnal Green, London. Ten students were intended to benefit from his generosity. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...

Over the years the Trustees of Thomas Parmiter's Estate looked after its investments carefully. By 1880 the number of students had risen to 70, and it was decided to move the School to larger premises in Bethnal Green, and these were completed in 1887. Further additional buildings were provided and in 1976 Parmiter's Grammar School accommodated 525 boys.

In that year the Governors placed a proposal before the Secretary of State for Education and Science to move the Foundation from London to a new site in Garston. In February 1977 the Secretary of State's approval was received. The first intake of 1st Year students entered the Hertfordshire School in September 1977 and expanded by annual intakes until the full complement of Forms from 1st Year (Year 7) to Upper Sixth (Year 13) had been achieved in September 1983. Parmiter's School in Garston was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen in December 1981, the year of the Tercentenary of Thomas Parmiter's bequest. Due to heavy oversubscription and the acquisition of Grant Maintained Status in 1991, the School continued to expand to its current roll of 1200 students, including 260 in the Sixth Form.

Though Parmiter's has been in Hertfordshire since 1977, historical and sentimental ties with the East End of London have been nurtured. Links are retained through the Old Parmiterians' Society and through the Almshouses and Pensioners Charities of Parmiter's Foundation, and the Headmaster is Educational Adviser to the Bethnal Green Educational Fund. Traditional events such as Pensioners' Day, when Parmiter's Pensioners (as well as local elderly people) are entertained in Garston by members of the School are important events in the School Year. Other traditions which maintain associations with the long history of the School include Speech Night, Founder's Day, the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols as well as functions involving the Old Parmiterians' Society and the Parmiter's Almshouses Foundation.

During its long and rich history Parmiter's has been a Charity School, Public School, Endowed Grammar School, Voluntary Aided Grammar School, Grant Maintained and a Voluntary Aided all-ability School. From September 1999 Parmiter's returned to Voluntary Aided status.

The School is now funded through the Hertfordshire Local Education Authority by the Department for Education and Skills, and continues to accept boys and girls across the full ability range. Its organisation, ethos and management are directed by the Headmaster who is responsible to the Governing Body made up of Foundation Governors and representatives of Parents and Staff, and of which he is a member.

Parmiter's is also supported financially by Parmiter's Foundation Charity whose resources are dedicated to the enhancement of educational provision for Parmiter's students in the spirit of Thomas Parmiter's original bequest.

In both 2005 and 2006, the current Year 10 football team reached the final of the ESFA National Cup, narrowly losing twice. The ESFA logo The English Schools Football Association is the governing body of schools football in England, and is responsible for the running and development of schools competitions and festivals for boys and girls at primary and secondary school age. ...


The school used to be highly selective (though always taking siblings regardless of ability, so making it technically a non-selective school), however following a judgment by the School Adjudicator for England the school was forced to cap its intake based on academic ability at 35%.

Last year therefore the school took pupils as follows:

Criterion Limit Number 2005
Siblings Unlimited 90
Medical/Public Care Unlimited 5
Proximity to the School Up to 10% 18
Academic Assessment Up to 35% 65
Aptitude at Music Up to 10% 7
Parent Employed by School Unlimited 7
Proximity to the School Remainder 0

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Jordan Parkes (Watford F.C. footballer)
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Stuart Bates(teacher) (member of pop band The Divine Comedy)
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Captain Everything! (Punk Rock Band)
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Geoffrey Woolley, (Victoria Cross recipient)
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External links

  • Parmiter's School on Google maps
  • Parmiter's School



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