The academic results of Brisbane Grammar School's Class of 2019 are representative of the excellent outcomes achieved by BGS students over the 28 years the OP system has operated in Queensland. A median of OP5 showcases the consistency and depth of the cohort. This broadly equates to an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) median of 93, placing BGS among the best-performing schools in Australia.
A total of 36 students, 17.6% of the cohort, achieved an OP1 or ATAR of 99. This number increases to 58 OP1 equivalent students when combined with students who earned bonus ranks. OP1 and OP2 results combined account for 30.7% of students – the third-highest outcome for BGS historically. An OP1 to OP5 outcome was achieved by 51.7% of students.
The diagram below represents the Class of 2019 OP results compared to the BGS historical average for each benchmark and the state outcome for the year.
In addition to the strong 2019 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 at BGS.
As in previous years, 100% of BGS students who applied received an offer of further study in Semester 1 of 2020. Overseas offers came from some of the world's leading academic institutions, including Oxford University, Dartmouth College and King's College London. The Class of 2019 earned scholarship offers valued at more than $1.1 million, including numerous Vice Chancellor's and Excellence Scholarships from The University of Queensland, ANU, the University of Melbourne, The University of Sydney and UNSW.
From 2020, Queensland students will be assigned an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) for academic entry. An 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 was a broad ranking mechanism (using 25 bands) the ATAR places students in a rank with much finer distinctions (2000 bands).