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State data reveals depth of RGS achievement

17th Feb 2019

New comparative data released today by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) shows that local students at The Rockhampton Grammar School are achieving significantly better outcomes, with RGS having the largest local OP eligible student population achieving the area’s best results.

135 girls and boys, or nearly 80% of RGS Year 2018 students were OP eligible (compared to Emmaus, 126/58%; The Cathedral College-TCC, 94/51%; Heights 43/59%; Rockhampton Girls, 22/63%).

28% of RGS students (38 girls and boys) received an OP-1-5. 70% received an OP1-10.

12 RGS students achieved OP 1 outcomes in 2018.

“Other private schools – even those with bigger enrolments than RGS -- are lacking the quality education outcomes that RGS students consistently achieve in all categories,” said RGS Headmaster Dr Phillip Moulds.

Whilst RGS had 38 OP 1-5 outcomes, Emmaus had 14; TCC had 12; Girls Grammar had 6; Heights had 4.

(See the comparative chart prepared by RGS using QCAA data.)

The Rockhampton Grammar School has no special academic requirements for enrolling students and all local schools teach to the Queensland curriculum.

“Our students come from all over Central Queensland and they have different interests and abilities, but our curriculum development, parent involvement and our teachers’ care for every student’s personal success is why our students do so well,” added Dr Moulds, who marks 10 years as RGS’s Headmaster this year, and a decade of strong results.

“Our tradition of academic excellence has informed our ATAR preparation, which we’ve been developing over the last three years. The 2020 cohort will be very well prepared,” said Dr Moulds, referring to the new external assessment regime that replaces the old OP system from next year.

100% of RGS 2018 Year 12 also students achieved a Certificate of Education.

“We often talk about every student achieving success at RGS, and 100% QCE is evidence of that,” said Dr Moulds.

Data released also shows that RGS students earn more VET qualifications than any other local school, with 249 Certificates I to III awarded. 

Only 3.7% of RGS students were in the 16-20 OP band, with every other compared school in double digits, from 12% to more than 50%. Analysis of the data also reveals that RGS students account for approximately 40% of the top Year 12 2018 scores in the area.

RGS is an independent, Prep to Year 12, coeducational school. It is also Queensland’s largest boarding school. With major enrolment grades in Year 7 and 10, it is currently accepting applications and interviewing students from Catholic, public and all independent schools for 2020. Call 1300 GRAMMAR.