40% of Australia’s “Top 100 Secondary Schools” are girls’ schools

04 October 2016

Repeating the outstanding results of the past few years, girls’ schools throughout Australia have continued to perform strongly in reading, writing and numeracy in Year 7 and Year 9 in 2015, with girls’ schools from the government, independent and Catholic sectors comprising 40 of The Australian newspaper’s “Top 100 Secondary Schools”.

A total of 79 girls’ schools also made the state “Top” schools list for each state, while two of Australia’s “Top Senior High Schools” are girls’ state high schools that do not have Year 7 students.

In all, 42 of the nation’s “Top” secondary and senior high schools in 2015 were girls’ schools. Similar national results were achieved in 2014 and 2015 when The Australian newspaper’s analysis of the previous year’s Year 7 and Year 9 NAPLAN data from the MySchool website showed that 46% of the nation’s top secondary schools were girls’ schools.

In total, 81 out of Australia’s 189 girls’ schools (or 43%) feature in this year’s national and state lists of “Top” schools.

The results for girls’ schools are particularly impressive given that Australia’s 189 girls’ schools comprise only 7% of Australia’s 2,700 schools offering secondary education.

The Australian “Your School” highlights:

Top secondary schools by state (based on Year 7 & Year 9 NAPLAN results for 2015)

NSW: 21 out of 50 (42%) are girls’ schools

VIC: 20 out of 50 (40%) are girls’ schools

QLD: 17 out of 51 (33%) are girls’ schools

WA: 9 out of 40 (23%) are girls’ schools

SA: 8 out of 40 (20%) are girls’ schools

TAS: 3 out of 10 (30%) are girls’ schools

ACT: 1 out of 10 (10%) are girls’ schools

(There are no girls’ schools in the Northern Territory)

Top senior high schools (based on Year 9 NAPLAN results for 2015)

Two out of ten “Top Senior High Schools” (20%) are girls’ schools including:

1st place: The Mac.Robertson Girls High School (VIC)

8th place: Mitcham Girls High School (SA)


Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2014). 4221.0 – Schools, Australia, 2013. Retrieved from: http://www.abs.gov.au

The Australian. (2016, October 1-2). Your School (supplement). The Weekend Australian.

Also see:

The Australian. (2016). YourSchool website: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/schools

ACARA. (2016). My School website: http://myschool.edu.au