Achievements in recent years, particularly in the Higher School Certificate (Year 12), have attested to the school's success in academic areas.

  • Outstanding Higher School Certificate (HSC) results, ranking WGHS among the top schools in the state
  • Recipient of the Director-General's Award for School Achievement 2009 for Leading Girls Education in Academic Excellence
  • High percentages of students scoring 90 or more on the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)
  • On average each year, over 80% of students gaining entry to university and around 20% to other tertiary institutions
  • Many students recognised on the HSC Merit List for attaining course placements in the state
  • Impressive standards on national literacy and numeracy measures (NAPLAN) and state science measures (ESSA)
  • Exceptional value-added results across the range of external tests
  • Extension classes for selected students throughout the junior years in English, Mathematics, Science, History and Geography, and the full range of extension courses offered in the senior school
  • Excellent results in local, state and national competitions and awards, with many opportunities for gifted and talented students

2016 Highlights

2016

In 2016, 147 students sat for their HSC and gained 164 mentions on the Distinguished Achievers Honour Roll (Band 6) for scoring 90 or more in a course.  Our school was ranked among the top five comprehensive public schools in NSW. Over 30% of students gained an ATAR of 90 or above.

Congratulations to 2016 Year 12 DUX, Helaine Liew who attained the top ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) with 99.7, closely followed by Lily Morton and Alissa Stark, both achieving at ATAR of 99.4 and both placed in the top ten students in Ancient History. Helaine Liew achieved first place in the state in Society and Culture and Jennifer Henoch achieved fourth place in PDHPE.

Four students – Na Yeon (Katherine) Lee, Helaine Liew, Yiru (Suzie) Ling and Lily Morton achieved All Rounder Awards gaining a Band 6 (a mark greater than 90) for at least ten units of study:

Four students were nominated for the 2015 HSC showcases:

     Three for ArtExpress (exhibition of outstanding Visual Arts works)

     One for Encore (outstanding HSC music performances)

Courses with Band 6 results included Ancient History, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Chinese Background Speakers, Design and Technology, Economics,  English Advanced, English Standard, English as a Second Language, English Extension 1, English Extension 2, Japanese Beginners, Japanese Continuers, Japanese Extension, Legal Studies, Mathematics General, Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2, Modern History, History Extension, Music 1, Music 2, Music Extension, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, Senior Science, Society and Culture, Studies of Religion II, Textiles and Design, and Visual Arts.

122 graduates (83%) received first round University offers, with several of these students gaining advanced entry into their chosen courses.

2015 Highlights

With a cohort of 146, students gained 179 mentions on the Distinguished Achievers Honour Roll (Band 6) for scoring 90 or more in a course.  Our school was placed 49th in the state on the basis of top-end results and achieved the position of top ranked comprehensive public school in NSW.

Over 30% of students gained an ATAR of 90 or above. Congratulations to 2015 Year 12 DUX, Eloise Ridley who attained the top ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) with 99.2.

Four students achieved All Rounder Awards gaining a Band 6 (a mark greater than 90) for at least ten units of study:

For the eighth year running, one student was placed among the High Achievers in NSW for Society and Culture achieving 9th place.

Several students were nominated for the 2015 HSC showcases:

Three for ArtExpress (exhibition of outstanding Visual Arts works)

Two for Encore (outstanding HSC music performances)

Courses with Band 6 results included Ancient History, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Chinese Background Speakers, Chinese Beginners, Drama, English Advanced, English Standard, English as a Second Language, English Extension 1, English Extension 2, French Continuers, General Mathematics, Heritage Japanese, History Extension, Information Processes and Technology, Japanese Beginners, Japanese Continuers, Japanese Extension, Legal Studies, Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2, Modern History, Music Extension, Music 1, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, Physics, Senior Science, Society and Culture and Visual Arts.

 

2014 HSC Highlights

With a cohort of 142, students gained 182 mentions on the Distinguished Achievers Honour Roll (Band 6s) for scoring 90 or more in a course.  Our school was placed 57th in the state on the basis of top-end results and achieved the position of top ranked comprehensive public school in NSW.

Over 30% of students gained an ATAR of 90 or above. Congratulations to 2014 Year 12 DUX, Mona Khoshkhesal who attained the top ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) with 99.7.

Seven students achieved All Rounder Awards gaining a Band 6 (a mark greater than 90) for at ten units of study:

Five students were honoured with a place in the list of Top Achievers in NSW:

2nd in Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

2nd in Mathematics

5th in Biology

9th in Society and Culture

16th in English (Standard)

Several students were nominated for the 2014 HSC showcases:

Three for ArtExpress (exhibition of outstanding Visual Art works

One for OnStage (outstanding Drama performances)

One for Encore (outstanding HSC music performances)

Courses with Band 6 results included Ancient History, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Chinese Background Speakers, Chinese Beginners, Drama, English Advanced, English Standard, English as a Second Language, English Extension 1, English Extension 2, French Continuers, General Mathematics, Heritage Japanese, History Extension, Information Processes and Technology, Japanese Beginners, Japanese Continuers, Japanese Extension, Legal Studies, Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2, Modern History, Music Extension, Music 1, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, Physics, Senior Science, Society and Culture and Visual Arts.

2013 HSC Highlights

With a cohort of 142, 2013 HSC students at WGHS gained 129 distinguished mentions (Band 6) for scoring 90 or more in a course.  The school retained its place among the top five comprehensive public high schools in the state, achieving 69th position overall. The top ATAR was 98.85 with 37 girls achieving at ATAR over 90, placing them in the top 10% in the state. 90% of graduating students have accepted university offers. One student was placed on the all-round Excellence merit List for achieving 90 or more in ten units of study. One student was placed 10th in the state for Society and Culture.

Students performed above state average in most subjects, including Ancient History, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Community and Family Studies, Design and Technology, Drama, Economics, all English courses, Legal Studies, General Mathematics, Modern History, History Extension, Music 2, PDHPE, Physics, Society and Culture, Textiles and Design, Visual Arts, Chinese Background Speakers, Japanese Continuers, Japanese Extension  and Hospitality.

Courses in which students scored at least ten points above the state average included Ancient History, English Standard, Legal Studies and Society and Culture.

2012 HSC Highlights

The class of 2012 attained a range of very impressive results in the HSC. With a cohort of 135, students gained 198 distinguished mentions (Band 6s) for scoring 90 or more in a course.  On these results, Willoughby Girls High School was placed 36th overall in the state and first comprehensive public high school in NSW.

The top ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) was 99.85, second with 99.80 and 3rd with 99.35.  93% of students were offered university admission and around 46.5% of students gained an ATAR of 90 or above.

Six students were placed on the all-round Excellence merit list for achieving a mark of 90 or more in ten units of study.

Another four girls were honoured with a place in the list of Top Achievers in the state gaining with one student gaining 3rd place in Biology and 18th in Personal Development, Health and Physical Education. Other top achievers gained 4th place in Chinese Background Speakers, 2nd in Accounting and 3rd in Society and Culture. Three girls were awarded High Distinctions and five girls gained Distinctions for their Society and Culture Personal Interest Projects, awarded by the NSW Society and Culture Association. Two girls had their work chosen for the annual ArtExpress exhibition.

Courses with Band 6 results included Accounting, Ancient History, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Chinese Background Speakers, Design and Technology, Drama, English Advanced, English Standard, English as a Second Language, English Extension 1, French Beginners, French Continuers, General Mathematics, History Extension, Japanese Beginners, Japanese Background Speakers, Japanese Extension, Legal Studies, Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2, Modern History, Music Extension, Music 1, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, Physics, Society and Culture, and Visual Arts.

2011 HSC Highlights

In 2011 there were 143 students in Year 12 and 132 distinguished listings (Band 6s) of 90 or more being scored across courses, ranking WGHS 77th in the state, similar to 2010.

Six girls were placed eight times in the state, with one student placed first in Information Processes & Technology, receiving a Certificate of Excellence from the ICT Educators of NSW.

Five other students were placed 4th in Mathematics Extension 1, 5th in Japanese Beginners, 5th in Society & Culture (receiving a Certificate of High Distinction from the Society & Culture Association), 6th in Chinese Background Speakers, 8th in Mathematics Extension 2, 9th in General Mathematics and 9th in Business Services (TAFE).

Three students achieved over 90 in all of their ten units.

A student had her Textiles & Design major project selected for showcasing in the prestigious TexStyle which exhibits the best of HSC work.

Around 30% of students gained an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 90 or more. The highest ATAR was 99.85.

Courses with top bands included English Extension 2, English Advanced, English as a Second Language, Mathematics Extension 2, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics, Mathematics General, Accounting, Ancient History, Biology, Business Services, Business Studies, Chemistry, Chinese Background Speakers, Community & Family Studies, Design & Technology, French Beginners, History Extension, Information Processes & Technology, Italian Beginners, Japanese Beginners, Japanese Continuers, Legal Studies, Modern Greek, Modern Greek Extension, Modern History, Music Extension, Physics, Society & Culture, Textiles & Design and Visual Arts.