Academic results

St Margaret's is a non-selective school. We are proud of our academic history, with our results consistently above state and national averages. 

Outstanding ATAR Results for our 2020 Graduates.

We congratulate our 2020 Year 12 students on their outstanding results.

St Margaret’s is an academically non-selective school which offers its diverse community of students a holistic education and a range of pathways to both tertiary study and other career paths. We are committed to personalising each student’s learning journey, and to helping them discover their passions and strengths.

In the first year of the new QCE and the ATAR, St Margaret’s students achieved the following:

Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) 
100% of our students received a QCE.

Portfolio Pathway – Diplomas and Certificate Qualifications

Fourteen of our students graduated with 15 Diplomas (Business or Project Management). Students also earned either Certificate II or III qualifications in a wide range of areas (Rural Studies, Animal Studies, Sound Production, Health Support, Baking, Crime and Justice, Screen and Media, and Foundational Skills for Work). Two of our students also completed school-based traineeships – one in Community Pharmacy and the other in Agriculture.

ATAR Results
Under the new system, for the first time students have the option to withhold their results from the school. Therefore, the statistics below represent 88 of our 95 ATAR eligible students. 

  • 15.9% (14) of the Year 12 cohort achieved an ATAR of 99 or above, placing them in the top 1% of the state
  • 43.2% (38) of the Year 12 cohort achieved an ATAR of 95 or above, placing them in the top 5% of the state
  • 62.5% (55) of the Year 12 cohort achieved an ATAR of 90 or above, placing them in the top 10% of the state
  • Across four subjects, eight students received perfect scores of 100 out of 100
  • All students received a passing grade in every subject.

Based on the results above for both our ATAR eligible students and our portfolio pathway students, all Year 12 students will have the opportunity to access a university education.

We wish our graduated Year 12 students all the best in their future studies and endeavours.

We thank and acknowledge our dedicated teachers for their stewardship of the learning journey of our seniors and also our parents and guardians who worked in partnership with us throughout their daughter’s schooling.


After a hiatus across Australia of NAPLAN testing in 2020 due to the global pandemic, St Margaret’s is able to update our NAPLAN results from 2019. Our results are very pleasing and we commend the efforts and dedication of our students and the staff and parents who support them.

Once again, across all measures (Writing, Reading, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation, and Numeracy) and all tested year levels (Years 3, 5, 7 and 9), St Margaret’s results are well above state and national averages.

While we no longer have comparative data to report against, we believe our consistently good results would be commensurate with previous years, where we have ranked in the top 15 schools in Queensland across all categories (as we did from 2017 to 2019). 

St Margaret’s maintains a strong focus on literacy and numeracy as the foundation of all good learning and these results reflect the school’s commitment to ensuring all students have the best opportunities to develop these skills.

NAPLAN results are used both individually and collectively. Individually, they provide important insights to a child’s progress, strengths and areas requiring further development. Collectively, the results ensure we are meeting our commitment to developing strong foundational skills and are used to further inform curriculum programs and delivery throughout the school.

These results are but one measure among many that contribute to the well-rounded education St Margaret’s seeks to the provide to the wonderfully multi-faceted individuals we have the joy to teach.

NAPLAN 2021 DATA (PDF 115.2KB)


NAPLAN 2019*

St Margaret's 2019 NAPLAN results are most commendable and we acknowledge the wonderful efforts of our girls and those who support them – their teachers and parents. 

All of St Margaret's results across all years tested (Years 3, 5, 7 and 9) and in each category (i.e. Writing, Reading, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation, and Numeracy) are once again well above state and national averages. As in 2017 and 2018, we once again ranked in the top 20 in Queensland across all four categories, which is testament to our agenda of continual improvement through the use of data-informed practice, evidence-based programs, together with our excellent teaching staff. Our Year 3s excelled and ranked number 1 in Queensland. 

Our strong results reflect both the quality teaching and learning opportunities provided at St Margaret's and the diligent work of our staff and students in maintaining a focus on literacy and numeracy, which we consider are the foundation skills for all other skills students will develop.

While NAPLAN is only one measure of the all-rounded education we seek to provide to our girls, the data provided through this testing tool is valuable in assisting the school to further refine our curriculum and be responsive to students' collective and individual needs. 

Download the 2019 NAPLAN Results Summary (PDF 111.7KB)

*No NAPLAN held in 2020