Class of 2018 Academic Results
The academic results of Brisbane Grammar School's 2018 graduates are representative of the excellent outcomes achieved by BGS students over the 27 years the OP system has operated in Queensland. A median of OP5 is a key highlight, showcasing the extraordinary consistency and depth of the cohort. This broadly equates to an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) median of 93, placing BGS among the best-performed schools in Australia.
The maximum possible ATAR of 99.95 was achieved by four BGS students in 2018, with a further five students achieving an ATAR of 99.90; another leading result by national standards. A total of 40 students, 15.6% of the cohort, achieved an OP1 or ATAR of 99. This number increases to 67 OP1 equivalent students when combined with students who earned bonus ranks. OP1 and OP2 results combined account for 25.6% of outcomes. The consistency of the Class of 2018 was evidenced by the median OP5, as well as 51.2% of students achieving an OP1-5 or ATAR of 93 or above.
The diagram below represents the 2018 senior cohort OP results compared against the BGS historical average for each benchmark and the state outcome for the year.
Brisbane Grammar School's academic results, along with the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test results (see table below), highlight the School's longstanding commitment to educational excellence. An A grade was achieved by 44.5% of students, with the School also attaining the highest QCST mean score in Queensland in 2018.
In addition to a strong 2018 academic year, BGS boys continue to excel in many other areas – including cultural, sporting and public purpose pursuits – which should in part be attributed to the support provided by parents, families, volunteers, and teaching and professional staff.
BGS academic results have led to significant opportunities for further education for the Class of 2018, along with scholarship offers. This includes eight Vice Chancellor Scholarships and six Excellence Scholarships to The University of Queensland; and multiple Vice Chancellor and Outstanding Achievement scholarship offers at The University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, Monash University, QUT and other leading institutions.
Overseas offers include places at Oxford University, the University of Edinburgh and the London College of Fashion. At least 30 offers of places in Medicine courses across Australia have already been received by the Class of 2018. Importantly, 100% of students who applied have received an offer to enter a tertiary institution in Semester 1 of 2019.
OP and ATAR explained
An OP is a student's position in a state-wide rank order based on their overall achievement in Authority subjects and indicates how a student has performed in comparison to all other OP-eligible students in Queensland. Students are placed within broad bands from OP1 (highest) to OP25 (lowest) that are used to determine tertiary entrance. High demand university courses are offered to students with higher OPs.
The QTAC assigned Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER) uses a 99-point scale, with 99 being the highest measure. An OP1 is regarded as equivalent to a TER of 99 for entry purposes. An OP1 equivalent can be achieved through the addition of bonus ranks for the study of specific subjects (such as a language).
An Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) allows tertiary admissions centres to compare students from across Australia when they apply for tertiary places. A student's ATAR is a number between 99.95 (highest) and 0 (lowest), expressed in decrements of 0.05. Where the OP is a broad ranking mechanism (using 25 bands) the ATAR places students in a rank with much finer distinctions (2000 bands). Queensland moves to the ATAR system in 2020, meaning the Class of 2019 graduates will be the final cohort receiving OPs. From 2020 all senior students in Queensland will require an ATAR for tertiary entrance.