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Students exceed past grad results
Karla Gibbon

Margaret River Senior High School principal Andrew Host says its Year 12 students continued a trend of improved WA Certificate of Education exam scores in 2012.

Mr Host said preliminary data sourced from the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre showed the school’s median Australian Tertiary Admission Rank rose from 76.15 in 2011 to 77.45 last year.

Nine students achieved an ATAR score of more than 90, which meant they ranked among the top 10 per cent of students in WA.

A group of 12 students also achieved scores of 75 or better in individual subject exams, which was an improvement on the result of the previous year’s graduating class.

Mr Host said he was still waiting on further information from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority about students’ specific subject performance which would be used as a basis for an independent report of the school’s performance.

The final report is to be used as a tool, in an effort to improve teaching performance this year.

He said the early data indicated Margaret River students performed well in the exams.

“We think the students performed as we expected and we are very pleased with the results,” Mr Host said.

“When we get the SCSA information we will break it down subject by subject, to look for areas of improvement.”

He said the students themselves were generally pleased with their scores and most indicated they had achieved a high enough ATAR to get into their applied for university courses.

Karla Gibbon, who spoke to the Times in the lead-up to the exams, said her hard work paid off and she was confident of getting an offer to study her desired university course.

“I did pretty good and expect to get into the University of WA to study a Bachelor of Science,” she said.

“Most of my friends did really well … and got a score they expected and will get into the course they want to do.”

Official offers from universities will be distributed to graduates on January 17.