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Northcote High School has a reputation as a leading provider of rigorous academic education. Most significantly, our school has maintained and sustained its absolute commitment to providing an exemplary education to the young people of Northcote and surrounding areas.

2018 VCE results

We are very proud of our class of 2018. This was a cohort that demonstrated determination, a commitment to hard work, creativity and a strong community spirit. Their results in the VCE, as well as their achievements in the VCAL and VET programs, have given them an excellent path to future learning and exciting opportunities ahead.


Some highlights from the VCE results include:

Dux: Kiarash Nikoo, with an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 99.2

15 students with an ATAR above 95

38% of students with an ATAR above 80

56% of students with an ATAR above 70

Median ATAR of 73.6

3 Perfect Study Scores (in Biology, Further Mathematics, Chinese)

86 Study Scores over 40 (this score puts students in the top 9% in the state in that subject)

2017 VCE results

In 2017, our students achieved excellent Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks (ATAR) that continue to reflect a consistent positive trend.

Two students achieved the highest ATAR of 99.70

Five students achieved an ATAR of 99+

48 students (18 per cent) achieved an ATAR of 90 or above

98 students (38 per cent) achieved an ATAR of over 80

144 students (55 per cent) achieved an ATAR of 70 or above, placing them in the top 30 per cent of results in Australia

The number of students achieving 80+ is consistently above 35 per cent.

Beyond students who scored an excellent 90+, the group compares well with the average performance of our students over the last decade.

Further highlights include:

Median ATAR is 72.7

Mean ATAR is 69.8

Two perfect scores of 50 in Australian History and Global Politics, plus a 50 in Italian via Distance Education

126 Study Scores of 40 and above.

The mean study score (across all students and all subjects) was 30.6 and the median study score was 31.

Destinations for 2017 VCE students

Final destinations of our 2017 cohort.

RMIT University 68
La Trobe University 48
University of Melbourne 46
Monash University 19
Swinburne University of Technology 13
Deakin University 9
La Trobe Melbourne 9
Australian Catholic University 9
Victoria University 7
Deakin College 6
Melbourne Polytechnic 4
Other 7

NAPLAN results

NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) is an annual assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in Australia. The tests cover skills in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy. The assessments are done every year in May.

As with VCE results, NAPLAN results provide the school with an annual snapshot of cohort achievement, trend data and of the learning progress of individuals. We use this data to inform curriculum planning and target instruction.

Over the last five years, our Year 7 and Year 9 groups have achieved results above the state and national averages in all NAPLAN test areas (Numeracy, Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation).

This consistently high performance continued in 2017:

Well above the Australian average

Well above the Victorian average

At consistently the same level for demographically similar schools.

Of particular note in our 2017 results:

Consistent high level of relative growth for our Year 7 students from Year 5 across all test areas.

High level of relative growth for our Year 9 students from Year 7 across the test areas of Reading, Writing and Grammar and Punctuation.

These results show progression well above national averages and comparable to, or better than, similar schools. The results are a significant endorsement of the excellent performance of our students and their teachers.

To see our NAPLAN results, visit My School website.

Northcote High School 2016 VCE pathways

Northcote High School 2017 VCE pathways

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