Werribee school shines in VCE

A select-entry government school has topped the list of Wyndham’s best-performing schools for VCE results.

Suzanne Cory High School in Werribee boasts a median VCE study score of 35, with 20 per cent of students achieving study scores above 40, according to  Good Education Group’s latest The Good Schools Guide.

Truganina’s Westbourne Grammar came in second, with a median study score of 34 and 15 per cent of study scores above 40, followed by Werribee Secondary College, MacKillop College and Heathdale Christian College.

Suzanne Cory principal Colin Axup said that while he was pleased with the school’s median study score, the school placed more focus on students achieving the ATAR needed to get into their preferred university courses.

“A better metric for us is the percentage of our students who get their first, second or third university course preference … close to 85 per cent of our students get one of their first three preferences,” he said.

The school, which selects students based on their academic performance in an entrance exam, has 875 students across years 9 to 12.

It is compulsory for all year levels to do sport, and every student also has to be involved in a co-curricular activity such as arts, drama or music.

“We’re more than just an academic high school; what we’re teaching is not only the subjects, but we’re also teaching life skills, and that concept of creating a well-rounded person,” Mr Axup said.

Good Education Group chief executive Chris Lester said that while academic results were important, they weren’t the only factor parents should look at when choosing a school.

“They might have modern sporting facilities, a great drama department, access to VET studies – there is plenty to take into consideration,” he said.

To see how other Victorian schools performed in the latest Good Schools Guide, visit www.goodschools.com.au.

Wyndham City Top Secondary Schools with study scores above 40 

School Sector Median VCE Score Scores Above 40
Suzanne Cory High School Government 35 20%
Westbourne Grammar School Independent 34 15%
Werribee Secondary College Government 30 10%
Heathdale Christian College Independent 29 7%
MacKillop College Werribee Independent 29 7%

Source: The Good Schools Guide 2019

 

This article originally appeared in the Wyndham Star Weekly – Werribee school shines in VCE

 

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