Academic Results

Class of 2019 Academic Results

​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 all BGS staff.​

Further Education

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 Vice Chancellor's and Excellence Scholarships from The University of Queensland, ANU, the University of Melbourne, The University of Sydney and UNSW.​

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.