High Elms Lane
|Motto||Nemo Sibi Nascitur|
(Latin: "No one is born unto himself alone")
|Established||1722 and 1887 in Bethnal Green|
1977 in current site
|Department for Education URN||136899 Tables|
|Chair of Governors||Alp Mehmet|
|Staff||80 teaching, 50 support|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Enrolment||260 (Sixth Form)|
|Colour(s)||Burgundy, Sky Blue , White and Navy Blue|
Parmiter's School is a co-educational state comprehensive school with academy status in Garston, Hertfordshire on the outskirts of North West London, England with a long history. Although the school admits pupils of all abilities it is partially selective. 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 score as a mixed ability school.
Thomas Parmiter was a wealthy silk merchant in East London, who died in 1681. He left two farms in southwest Suffolk in his will to provide £30 per annum for six almshouses and £100 per annum for "one free school house or room for ten poor children" in Bethnal Green, London. Mrs Elizabeth Carter donated land for the school and an annual income of £10, while William Lee donated £100 for the building of a school house and a further annual £10. The building in St John Street (now Grimsby Street) was completed in 1722. Over the years the Trustees of Thomas Parmiter's Estate looked after its investments carefully. A notably prescient move was the purchase in 1723 of property in Cambridge Heath in Bethnal Green, London, using money lent by Edward Mayhew.
By 1730 the school accommodated 30 boys, growing to 50 in 1809. In 1839 it moved to new premises in Gloucester Street (now Parmiter Street) after the original site was acquired by the Eastern Counties Railway. Unfortunately these buildings were destroyed by bombing during World War II. Peter Renvoize left the foundation the sum of £500 on his death in 1842.
In 1870, the Great Eastern Railway acquired most of the Cambridge Heath property for the sum of £27,000. The Charity Commission, acting under the Endowed Schools Act 1869, forced a new constitution on the foundation, directing one third of the income to the almshouses and two-thirds to the school, which was by this time providing secondary education to 70 boys. Fees were to be introduced, with 40 foundation scholarships for boys from St Matthew's parish, Bethnal Green.
The Gloucester Street school closed in 1885, reopening in new buildings in Approach Road ( In 1913 a revised constitution created separate foundations for the school and the almshouses. The Parmiter phoenix was designed by W.A. Cross for the 40th anniversary of the Approach Road school in 1927. In 1951 the school became a voluntary aided grammar school. In 1966 and 1967 it successfully resisted plans by the Inner London Education Authority to merge it with St Jude's Church of England School to form a comprehensive school. Parmiter's Grammar School had grown to 525 boys by 1976, but the days of the grammar school were numbered.) in 1887.
New campus, new era
In that year the Governors placed before the Secretary of State for Education and Science a proposal to build a mixed comprehensive school on a new site in Garston, Hertfordshire, which was approved in February 1977. 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 Queen Elizabeth II on 11 December 1981, the year of the Tercentenary of Thomas Parmiter's bequest.
Academic performance and reputation
The Evening Standard places Parmiter's School in 54th place out of 269 state schools in south-east England in 2010 based upon GCSE and A-Level results.
The Ofsted inspection in September 2011 found that Parmiter's was "an outstanding school with an outstanding sixth form."
In both 2005 and 2006, the Year 12 football team reached the final of the ESFA National Cup, narrowly losing twice.
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 25%.
Notable former pupils
Former pupils of the boys' grammar school in Bethnal Green:
- John Cartwright (former West Ham Utd footballer, later controversial England youth coach)
- John Crow (former governor of the Bank of Canada)
- Terence Knapp (actor, director, educator, and author)
- Alp Mehmet (UK Ambassador to Iceland)
- Dave Pearson (painter)
- Graham Stilwell (England no.2 tennis player)
- Tom Burns (professor of sociology, wrote studies of the BBC and corporations)
- Alfie Stokes (professional footballer)
- Tommy Walsh (TV gardener, Ground Force)
- Geoffrey Woolley (Victoria Cross recipient) attended the school up to the age of 10.
- Sir Terence Clark KBE CMG CVO (born 19 June 1934), British retired diplomat and writer.
Former pupils of the mixed comprehensive in Hertfordshire:
- Steven Finn (Middlesex and England cricketer)
- Nathan Byrne (English footballer)
- Tom Carroll (English footballer)
- Will Cozens (The Capital FM Network Radio DJ)
- Harry Crawford (footballer) (Southend United F.C. Professional Footballer)
- Oliver Dowden CBE MP
- Anthony Zboralski (French hacker and internet entrepreneur)
- Nick Leeson (single-handedly responsible for the bankruptcy of Barings Bank)
- Jordan Parkes (former Watford F.C. )
- Captain Everything! (punk rock band)
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