Another strong year of HSC results

Central Coast Grammar School students have hit high notes in the 2021 HSC.

Strong HSC results at CCGS

CCGS was ranked 75 in the Top 100 schools across NSW with 31% of students achieving an ATAR above 90. 

15% gained an ATAR of over 95 and over half of the cohort received an ATAR over 80. Almost 70% of students received an ATAR over 75.

“Studying for exams is challenging enough, without the disruption these young people have faced in the final two years of their schooling. I am so very proud of their hopeful spirit, their care of each other and the power of their persistence,” said Headmaster, Mr William Low. 

Mr Low paid tribute to teachers who provided every support to students, not only academically but to their wellbeing as well. He also acknowledged the strong support provided by families. 

“More than ever this year’s achievements have been a true partnership between home and school and on behalf of the class of 2021, I thank everyone who has played a part in their success.”  

Results at a glance 

  • CCGS ranked 75th out of approximately 800 schools 
  • 56% of students achieved an ATAR of 80+ 
  • 41% of students achieved an ATAR of 85+
  • 31% of students achieved an ATAR of 90+
  • 15% of students achieved an ATAR of 95+
  • 63% of all exams sat resulted in a Band 5 or 6
  • Eighth successive year listed in Top 100 schools
  • 51% of CCGS students were recognised on the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Distinguished Achievers list for achieving a Band 6 in 1 or more of their subjects.

We are very proud of the collective and individual achievements of our students, some of which include:

  • Joshua Dickford (pictured below) who was named Dux of the School with an ATAR of 99.35.

Joshua Dickford - Dux of CCGS

  • Five students (Lucinda Incoll, Annabella Poll, Louis Sturm, Eben Turner and Hugh Wassall) were honoured by inclusion in the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) All Rounders list for achieving Band 6 in 10 or more units of study.
  • In the area of Visual Arts, Daisy Hughes has been accepted to showcase her major work in Art Express during 2022. 
  • In the area of Industrial Technology, William Trethewy has been accepted to showcase his major work in InTech during 2022. 

  • Hannah Stanley’s Visual Arts HSC body of work has also been accepted for exhibition in First Class 21, a Museum of Art and Culture, Lake Macquarie (MAC yapang). 
  • In Science Extension, Tim Wilkins ranked equal 7th in the state.
  • In Society and Culture, Emily Anstice was awarded a Distinction for her Personal Interest Project which explored how the role of masculinity impacts climate denialism. 

Over 80% of CCGS students have already received university degree offers and today’s results are sure to offer more choice and opportunity. Interesting and varied future pathways will see some students travel as far as New York, Canada and Germany to pursue their university careers. Closer to home students will take up positions in places such as the University of Newcastle, University of New South Wales, Macquarie University and Australian National University. 

The class of 2021 may have missed out on many rites of passage but they’ve gained an inner strength and self-belief that equips them well for life after school. 
“It’s hard to imagine how it must have felt to not know if exams would go ahead, separated from friends and teachers, keeping motivated while locked down and studying by screen at home,” said Mrs Janine Comber, Leader – Senior College.

“Once back at school, students continued to take full advantage of every opportunity offered by their incredibly supportive and dedicated teachers, who put so much effort and imagination into re-energising them in the long run up to the examinations. We commend our students for their resilience, persistence and tenacity in their approach to such a difficult year. We are truly very proud of them.” 

*ATAR results are based on the number of students seeking an ATAR. Results are correct at time of print. 2021 school rankings were published in the HSC Honor Roll in the Sydney Morning Herald on 20 January using data supplied by the NESA. Previous rankings were published by SMH at the time of the Honor Roll being first released.