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Academic Results

Class of 2021 Academic Results

‚ÄčThe Class of 2021 achieved outstanding results, including a median ATAR of 95.30. This median is particularly impressive given our large non-selective cohort of 285 boys. Eleven students achieved the top rank of 99.95 – a truly extraordinary outcome with only 32 students receiving this rank across Queensland. A further 4 students received an ATAR of 99.90.

BGS Median ATAR

95.30
285 students in the Class of 2021

ATAR BGS Results
99.95 11 students
99.90 4 students
> 99 18.6%
> 95 50.3%
> 90 69.5%

BGS Headmaster Anthony Micallef commended the adaptability of the Class of 2021 highlighting that the School’s pursuit of excellence across all areas contributed to the strong results.

“Since the pandemic began last year, the Class of 2021 have needed to adapt to changes and challenges,” Mr Micallef said. “Their outstanding ATAR results speak to their resilience but also to the culture of excellence fostered over many years at Brisbane Grammar School.”

“We aspire to be the best school for boys in Australia, providing a safe and supportive learning environment for all Brisbane Grammar School students enabling them to develop a sense of belonging and maximise their potential. The exceptional ATAR results of the Class of 2021 were possible as a result of a strong academic culture, high cocurricular participation, and a focus on student wellbeing.”

“In the classroom, our passionate teachers promote a culture characterised by deep thinking and targeted feedback to create leading outcomes. We recognise that the relationship between parents, teachers and students is vital and focus on building a strong partnership between home and school.”

“School should be fun – happy students are more likely to be successful. We see it as our mission to bring out our boys’ talents, widen their interests and develop their personal qualities. We aim to cultivate integrity, embrace creativity, encourage teamwork, and promote an open mindset.”

“Student leadership is fostered at all year levels and across all programs. We understand that well-rounded students are happier and achieve better results academically. Brisbane Grammar School provides many opportunities for our students to pursue their interests with 16 sports, 34 music groups, three dramatic productions and over 40 clubs to choose from.”

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.