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Academic Results

ATAR Results 

Since 2020, students graduating Senior in Queensland have received an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank), replacing the previous OP system.

Brisbane Grammar School continues to lead the state in academic outcomes in this new era, with consistently excellent results across the entire cohort. 

ATAR results data is provided to the School by QTAC only with the consent of our students. Each year, more than 95% of our Seniors agree to share their ATAR with BGS, providing a high standard of reliability for our published results.

Class of 2023 Academic Results

‚ÄčThe Class of 2023 achieved outstanding results, including a median ATAR of 94.20. This median is particularly impressive given our large non-selective cohort of 261 boys. Two students achieved the top rank of 99.95. A further three students received an ATAR of 99.90.

BGS Median ATAR

94.20
261 students in the Class of 2023

ATAR BGS Results
99.95 2 students
99.90 3 students
> 99 13.0%
> 95 46.0%
> 90 65.0%
Year                         median atar Students at 99.95 atar above 99.00 atar above 98.00 atar above 95.00 atar above 90.00 atar above 80.00
2023 94.20 2 13.0% 23.0% 46.0% 65.0% 85.0%
2022 94.50 5 16.9% 28.0% 47.4% 76.0% 88.0%
2021 95.30 11 18.6% 29.5% 50.3% 69.5% 88.0%
2020 94.60 4 16.2% 27.2% 47.2% 70.6% 89.4%

ATAR explained

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).

For information on the new QCE ATAR system, click below to visit the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority website.

QCAA website - new QCE system

Read more about high-achieving recent graduates in News, or discover the lives and journeys of notable Old Boys in the School's History.

About NAPLAN

NAPLAN (National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy) is an annual assessment for all Australian students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. The tests cover skills in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken every year in the second full week in May.

Years 5, 7 and 9 students at BGS sit NAPLAN testing each year, with students consistently ranked the best-performing in the state over recent decades. This consistency is testament to a culture of learning and the overall breadth and balance of the educational experience provided.

BGS students perform well in assessments because they are challenged as learners to develop their skills in thinking, communication and metacognition – essential to leading successful and fulfilling lives and careers.

The best preparation for NAPLAN is the broad, liberal, well-rounded education which defines Brisbane Grammar School’s mission.

BGS will continue to use NAPLAN as a diagnostic tool to identify the gaps some students might have in essential literacy and numeracy skills, and to audit and modify programs to ensure the successful teaching of foundational knowledge.