Student Success in 2020

22 Dec 2020

For Year 12 students throughout the world, 2020 has been a year like no other. Here at Guildford Grammar School, the majority of our senior students were fortunate to experience only a minor disruption to on-campus learning. However, the Class of 2020 overcame a number of challenges and adapted to a constantly changing landscape to successfully complete their final exams and look to 2021 with renewed focus.

Before exams commenced, a number of our Year 12 students received early offers from across all five Western Australian universities for admission to degrees ranging from Engineering, Biomedical Science and Chemistry to Law, Early Education and Architectural Science.

Our Year 12 cohort’s academic results this year show that the School continues to inspire students to Go Forward, no matter the circumstances, with outstanding achievements in both the ATAR and General pathways. 

This year, our students accomplished impressive results across the board, with a number of significant achievements. 

  • A Median ATAR score of 82.65 for students applying for university entrance.
  • 7.4% of these students gained an ATAR of 99 or above (up 4.4% from 2019) placing them in the top 1% nationally.
  • 17% of students gained an ATAR of 95 or above (up 10% from 2019) placing them in the top 5% nationally.
  • 28% of students gained an ATAR of 90 or above (up 4% from 2019) placing them in the top 10% nationally.
  • 44% of students gained an ATAR of 85 or above (up 11% from 2019) placing them in the top 15% nationally.
  • 56% of students gained an ATAR of 80 or above (up 9% from 2019) placing them in the top 20% nationally.
  • The Class of 2020 achieved 13 Certificates of Distinction and 9 Certificates of Merit.
Click here to see our Student Success 2020 infographic.

We congratulate William Tang for his remarkable achievements; he received an outstanding ATAR of 99.9, the School’s Dux Award for ATAR, a General Exhibition Award and a Certificate of Distinction. We also congratulate Mason Headland who received the Dux for General pathway, and Jeremy Choong and Terence Win who were awarded Subject Certificates of Excellence in Mathematics Methods and Certificates of Distinction.

University entrance is not necessarily the desired destination for all students. A number of enterprising students have also set up employment, apprenticeships and traineeships in a range of industries in preparation for next year.

The Class of 2020 has proven to be an exceptional and diverse group of young women and men with many talents, interests and abilities. This diversity is represented in their post-school destinations and career choices.

Our students are fortunate to have a broad range of pathways available to them. This year, students have been able to study General courses together with a Certificate III or IV in Business; undertake study at TAFE several times a week; complete external pre-apprenticeships; or, work towards their ATAR. We are pleased to report that 100% of students enrolled in Certificate IV Business successfully achieved the qualification.

The Class of 2020 have proven themselves to be adaptable, resilient and independent learners. While this year has demanded unprecedented challenge, our students can be proud of the way they have navigated this new landscape with renewed focus, positivity and purpose. As a result, they have been uniquely positioned to forge ahead toward their own personal versions of excellence.

At Guildford Grammar School, we recognise the need to provide varied, relevant and challenging pathways to prepare young people for what lies ahead. As we look back on 2020, we can be proud of the tremendous accomplishments our students have achieved and the role we have all played to prepare them for the next exciting stage of their lives.