The academic results of Brisbane Grammar School's 2017 graduates are representative of the consistently excellent outcomes achieved by BGS students over the 26 years the OP system has operated in Queensland. A median of OP4 is a key highlight, showcasing the extraordinary consistency and depth of the cohort. This median has been attained only once previously (in 2014).
A total of 41 students, or more than 16% of the cohort, achieved an OP1. This number increases to 75 OP1 equivalent students, when combined with students who earned bonus ranks. OP1 and OP2 results combined (76 students) account for 30% of the outcomes, the second highest on historical record. The maximum possible ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) of 99.95 was achieved by three 2017 BGS students, with a further seven students achieving an ATAR of 99.90. The consistency of the Class of 2017 was evidenced by the median OP4 as well as 59% of students achieving an OP1-5.
The diagram below represents the 2017 senior cohort results compared against the BGS historical average for each benchmark and the state outcome for the year.
The BGS academic results along with the QCST (Queensland Core Skills Test) results highlight the School's longstanding commitment to educational excellence. An A grade was achieved by 56.5% of students, the School's second highest result historically.
In addition to a strong 2017 academic year, BGS boys continue to excel in many other areas, which should in part be attributed to the support provided from parents, families, volunteers, and teaching and professional staff.
BGS academic results have led to significant opportunities for further education for the Class of 2017, including significant prestigious scholarship opportunities at major Australian universities. Preliminary information indicates that at least 10% of the cohort of 255 have received scholarship offers, some with multiple offers. It is also pleasing to note that 100% of students who applied for a tertiary place received an offer.
OP and ATAR explained
An OP is a student's position in a statewide 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).