HSC Results 2015: Top 20 HSC schools revealed
James Ruse Agricultural High School took out the top spot for the 20th year in a row, with 74 per cent of all exams taken by students scoring a band six or above.
To put that into perspective the 10th ranked school, Sydney Grammar, had a 45 per cent band six success rate.
The Carlingford School was followed by the North Sydney Girls, North Sydney Boys and Sydney Girls and Sydney Boys partnerships in the next four places.
Abbotsleigh, on Sydney’s north shore, took the top independent schools spot with 9th place, leading a pack of all-girls independent schools that rounded out the top 20.
Ascham, Kambala and SCEGGS Darlinghurst took out 11th, 12th and 13th spots respectively.
Kambala was the biggest mover of the trio, rocketing into the top 20 this year by jumping 27 places.
All-boys independent schools did not fare nearly as well, with only Sydney Grammar making the top 20.
Outside the top brass, the real movers and shakers made their mark with Sutherland Shire Christian surging nearly 200 places this year to come in at 65th.
St Clare’s College in Waverley also had a big surge, jumping 187 places to come in at 92nd, while Bowral’s Oxley College rose 177 places to slide in at 89th.
Willoughby Girls was the only fully comprehensive public school to crack the top 50, coming in at number 49.
NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli would not be drawn on the performance of particular schools at the awards ceremony at the Australian Technology Park on Tuesday.
“All schools need to do more, whether you are a high SES independent school or any other schools – we expect all schools to strive harder,” he said.
“It’s an incredible array of students, a great snapshot of schools in Australia and NSW but a great reflection on the significant talent that we have in this state.”
“We encourage even high-performing schools like James Ruse to strive for more high-performing students,” he said.
An earlier version of this story described Conservatorium High School as a musically-selective comprehensive school. This has been removed. It is a specialist music school that uses the selective schools test scores as part of its enrolments process.