Top high schools in the region for 2016

Top performer: St George Girls High School has performed strongly against other schools in NSW. Picture: Isabella Lettini
Top performer: St George Girls High School has performed strongly against other schools in NSW. Picture: Isabella Lettini

St George Girls High School was the best performer in the region when it came to HSC results in 2016 – a title they have held for the past decade.

Six schools from St George and the Sutherland Shire ranked inside the top 100 high schools in NSW for 2016, according to Better Education.

Better Education rank each school according to its HSC (Higher School Certificate) results each year, taking into account distinguished achievers. A full rundown of how Better Education rank each school is listed below.

The top schools in the region were St George Girls in Kogarah (ranked 17th in NSW); Caringbah High School (29th); Sydney Technical High School in Bexley (35th); Danebank Anglican School for Girls in Hurstville (69th); St Ursula’s College in Kingsgrove (76th); and Marist Catholic College Penshurst (90th).

The top three performers in the region are all selective schools.

St George Girls’ High School principal Betty Romeo said she was rapt with the results.

“St George Girls High School was thrilled to see its ranking improve five places from 22nd in 2015 to 17th in 2016. The students performed exceptionally well and have made their school and teachers very proud,” she said.

Mrs Romeo said the selective school had built a strong reputation in the region.

“I would like to think that St George Girls High School is the selective school of first choice for all our local [female] students as the educational experiences, opportunities and academic performance are outstanding and the school has earned a very proud reputation for creating ethical and resilient lifelong learners who graduate with the skills to thrive in this changing global world.”

St George Girls has led the way in the region when it comes to HSC results since Better Education began their rankings from 2007.

The best performing school in NSW for 2016 was James Ruse Agricultural High School in Carlingford.

How the rankings work:

  • Better Education take into account distinguished achievers from each school when doing its HSC rankings. Distinguished achievers are those students who ranked in the highest bracket (band six or extension band four) for a subject. This means they scored 90 to 100 per cent. Better Education work out the percentage of distinguished achievers at a school compared with the number of exams sat a school. For example, if students at a school complete a total of 1000 HSC subjects in 2016, and 500 return as distinguished achievers, then the school’s distinguished achievers’ percentage will be 50%. Schools are then ranked according to that percentage.
  • St George Girls had a distinguished achievers’ percentage of 41.6 per cent, followed by Caringbah High School (32.6 per cent), Sydney Technical High School (29 per cent), Danebank Anglican School for Girls (20 per cent), St Ursula’s College (19.2 per cent), and Marist Catholic College Penshurst (16.9 per cent).


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