Student Outcomes

Our 2023 results

VCE study scores are not everything. School life, with its rich variety of opportunities for personal growth, cannot be represented by a single number. If students and their teachers work hard, study scores look after themselves. However, such scores represent opportunities for young people. They open doors that young people can choose to walk through and explore what is on the other side.

In 2023, Ballarat Clarendon College was named Victoria’s top VCE performer for the second year running, the third time in five years.

Clarendon was the only school in the state to achieve a median study score of 39 for the year, marking the fourth time in the past decade that a school has achieved this benchmark.

The class of 2023 achieved impressive results in terms of ATAR scores:

  • nearly 70% (116 students) of the cohort achieved over 90, placing them in the top 10% of the state
  • 87% of the 2023 cohort achieved an ATAR over 80 – that is, 146 students
  • 19 students, 11% of the cohort, achieved over 99.

Clarendon’s Dux is Zakariah Alansari with 99.95. Achieving a perfect score of 50 in Applied Computing: Data Analytics last year as well as a Premier’s Award for that subject, Zakariah built on those achievements in 2023 with a 50 in Physics, 48 in both Specialist Mathematics and Mathematical Methods and 45 in English Language.

The median ATAR score – that is, our middle student in the cohort – achieved 94.4.

Seventeen students achieved perfect Study Scores of 50.

The 2023 VCE outcomes are the result of our continued pursuit of improvement, our commitment to ensuring that students are supported and guided to make progress in their learning.

Our improvement agenda is focused on teacher learning, improving instruction in the service of better outcomes for our students.

The 2023 VCE results are clear indicators that we have agency, that our improvement agenda is the right one and that we continue to get better.

Regional students can, and do, achieve excellence.

Clarendon’s approach and processes are different by design and they work. Our approach to teaching and learning involves a clear focus on students and their academic, social, emotional and physical progress; a focus on high quality teaching, a commitment to evidence-based instructional strategies, married with a sequenced, knowledge-rich curriculum; and a distinct focus on staff learning, on becoming better every day.

We’re exceptionally proud of what our students have achieved in 2023 and being named the top achieving school in the state for the third time in five years is gratifying.

Our 170 Year 12 students, reflect the diversity and richness of our broader community. Our students’ journeys, their backgrounds, stories and aspirations are similarly diverse. Students are heading off to pursue pathways in agriculture, cybersecurity, engineering and teaching as well as fine art and design, construction management, musical theatre and health sciences. They’re ready to embrace the next phase of their lives. Our work is in the service of creating opportunities for them.

When all is said and done, we help students pursue their dreams and aspirations. There is no more noble work that that.

The Class of 2023 achieved results that reflect their determination, their passion and their effort. The outcomes also reflect the commitment of the team involved in supporting, guiding and caring for them. Congratulations to our students, their families and the staff.