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Class of 2020 Academic Results

‚ÄčThe Class of 2020 achieved outstanding results, including a median ATAR of 94.60. This median is made all the more impressive with a large cohort of 265 boys. Four students achieved the top rank of 99.95 – an incredible outcome with only 30 students receiving this score across Queensland. A further six students received an ATAR of 99.90.


265 students in the Class of 2020

Honour Roll

9 students scored above 90 in six or more subjects
9 students scored above 90 in five or more subjects

ATAR BGS Results
99.95 4 students
99.90 6 students
> 99 16.23%
> 95 47.17%
> 90 70.57%

BGS Headmaster Anthony Micallef said he was immensely proud of the way the seniors responded to the many challenges of the year.

“The 2020 academic results represent the fulfilment of our senior students’ unwavering focus and effort,” he said. “Nothing in this year has been typical or expected, but the results speak to the sustained focus of the BGS community on practising excellence in everything we do.

“The degree of buy-in and commitment from the seniors of 2020 has been extraordinary, as these results attest.”

Mr Micallef said high-quality teaching, operating within a culture defined by deep thinking and targeted feedback, created great academic outcomes.

“We knew that we could provide our boys with the best preparation possible for the new QCE-ATAR system through the kinds of instructional practices and scholarly routines that we know set young men up for success,” he said. “The unforeseen events of this year required teachers and students to shift on short notice to online home-based learning.

“While our teachers were confident that we could continue to deliver curriculum, what surprised and impressed us was just how quickly our boys adapted to the new modes of learning, exhibiting great maturity and self-regulation. These qualities have seen them achieve extraordinary outcomes. I would like to publicly acknowledge and congratulate all our students and staff on this remarkable achievement in 2020.”

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.


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.