New schools guide supports parent decision-making

New data released reveals Bialik College in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn East has the highest percentage of 40+ study scores of all schools in Victoria. 

The results are being released this week with the launch of Good Education Media’s The Good Schools Guide Victoria 2018.

Good Education Media, Melbourne’s largest provider of independent education data, releases the annual Good Schools Guide which comprehensively details every secondary school across Victoria, including a breakdown of each school by sector, academic performance, tuition fees and curriculum.

There has also been some impressive movers up the table. The most improved is Murrayville Community College in the Malle, who in 2016 achieved a median VCE score of 32, eight points higher than its 2012 score (24). The school is now equal to well-known independent school Geelong Grammar, where places are highly sought after and fees are some of the highest in the state.

“What we’ve seen in the data is that cost of education doesn’t always mean quality”, said Chris Lester, CEO of Good Education Media. Across the state, there’s a great mix of government, private and independent schools all achieving a high percentage of 40+ study scores”, he said.

“Though the lists are important, this Guide isn’t solely developed to determine which are the ‘best’ schools”, Mr Lester said. Rather, he said, “it’s a tool to increase people’s understanding of the education system and help parents make an informed decision about the best school for their family.”

Mr Lester said Good Education Media encourages parents to do their research before selecting a school. “We believe that parents have to choose the school that is the right fit for their child”, he said.

The latest Guide helps parents navigate the thousands of schools in Victoria. The Good Schools Guide website list all schools nationally and allows parents to shortlist and compare schools side by side, and includes additional information such open days.

Top five overall schools in Victoria, percentage of 40+ study scores:

  1. Bialik College
  2. The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School
  3. Mount Scopus Memorial College
  4. Yeshivah College / Melbourne High School
  5. Shelford Girls’ Grammar / Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak

Schools that have increased the most in median VCE score over the last five years

  1. Murrayville Community College
  2. Tyrell College
  3. Apollo Bay p-12 College
  4. Ballarat Secondary College
  5. Hoppers Crossing Secondary College

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Makayla Paterson
Head of Marketing, Good Education Media

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