How did your school perform? Top schools in the 2017 VCE


Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School has clawed back its title as the top VCE performer.

It’s the seventh time in the past decade that the selective entry state school has been ranked number one.

Mac.Robertson’s students overpowered their competitors by achieving a median study score of 37, with 36.6 per cent of study scores 40 or above.

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Principal Dr Toni Meath said the impressive results were due to the strong partnership between teachers, students and families.

She said the school encouraged pupils to step out of their comfort zone and try something new.

“The students who get involved in co-curricular activities are also high performing,” Dr Meath said.

The top tiers of the rankings were dominated by non-government schools, predominantly in Melbourne’s south-east and eastern suburbs.

Mount Scopus Memorial College finished in second place with a median study score of 37, with 35.8 per cent of scores 40 or above.

Principal Rabbi James Kennard said the independent Jewish school was blessed with excellent teachers and students who had a strong work ethic.

“They strive to achieve while at the same time benefiting from the wide range of experiences and community involvement that the schools offers them,” he said.

Bialik College, which was the top-ranked school last year, finished third this year. Students at the Jewish school in Hawthorn East achieved a median study score of 37, with 35.5 per cent of study scores 40 or above.

Mount Scopus and Bialik are the only schools that have knocked MacRob off its perch as the state’s top VCE school in the past decade.

The fourth-ranked school was Ballarat Clarendon College, which was also the top regional school.

St Kevin’s College posted a record year, coming fifth in the rankings. This year marked the first time in at least 15 years that the school achieved a median study score of 37. The Toorak school was also the top-ranked Catholic school in the state, outperforming Loreto Mandeville Hall and Sacre Coeur.

Three additional independent schools were among the eight institutions that achieved a stellar median study score of 37 – Huntingtower School, Korowa Anglican Girls’ School and Yeshivah College.

The best non-selective state school was Balwyn High, which achieved a median study score of 34, with 21.2 per cent of study scores 40 or above.

Principal Deborah Harman said the school was always striving to improve, regardless of results. This, she said, was key to its success.

“We are always reflecting on our practice,” she said. “We are never complacent.”

Two rural government schools, Dimboola Memorial Secondary College in western Victoria and Casterton Secondary College, near the South n border in south-west Victoria, made it into the top 10 government schools. They both achieved median study scores of 34. However, it should be noted that these schools had fewer than 30 VCE students – much smaller than the average government school.

Other government schools that recorded strong results this year were McKinnon Secondary College, Glen Waverley Secondary College, Box Hill High School, University High School, Camberwell High School and Viewbank College.