Student Achievement

The continued system-wide focus on Leading Learning aims to maximise valued learning outcomes for every student.

An increased emphasis on student achievement data has been driven by the growing understanding that intelligent data use can improve learning outcomes of our students. Effective data analysis enables us to understand our students’ learning needs; informs teacher professional learning; and provides evidence of progress toward specified goals and targets. As such, it is an essential component of Catholic School Improvement.

One important source of student achievement data is that derived from external assessments,  including the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) at Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, and the Higher School Certificate at Year 12.


The results of the ninth National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) were released in August 2016.  National testing provides opportunities for governments, education authorities and schools to examine achievements and progress, and to strategically plan for further improvement as a result.  At the Broken Bay Diocesan School System level, results are generally very pleasing.

The following positives are worthy of note:

  • In Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 the percentage of students in the bottom two bands was significantly less than both the state and national figures in all components of the NAPLAN tests.
  • In Years 3, 5, 7 and Year 9, the system mean for writing is significantly above both the state and national figure.
  • In Years 3 and 5 the percentage of students in the top two bands was above both state and national figures in all components of the NAPLAN tests.
  • In Year 3 Reading, 66% of systemic school students achieved in the top two bands, compared to 52% of students from NSW and 49% from Australia as a whole.
  • In Years 3 and 5, 99% of systemic school students were at or above the National Minimum Standard for Numeracy.

2016 NAPLAN result

Higher School Certificate

Students from Broken Bay systemic schools performed well in the 2015 Higher School Certificate, with some outstanding results.  The All-round Achievers List contains the names of students who have been placed on the Distinguished Achievers List (meaning they achieved either Band 6 or Band E4) for courses totalling 10 or more units.  Two students from Mercy Catholic College, Chatswood and one student from St Joseph’s Catholic College, East Gosford were named as All Rounders in 2015.  Congratulations to each of these students.

The Top Achievers in Course List shows students in the top places in each course, provided they have also achieved Band 6 or Band E4.  The number of students acknowledged in this way depends on the course candidature.  One student from Mater Maria Catholic College, Warriewood was placed 5th in Industrial Technology.  Two students from Mercy Catholic College, Chatswood were placed 8th and 9th in Design and Technology and one Mercy student was placed 14th in Ancient History.  St Paul’s Catholic College, Manly had one student placed 6th in the state in Industrial Technology and at St Peter’s Catholic College, Tuggerah, two students were placed 2nd and 10th in Business Services.  Again, congratulations to these students and to their teachers.

In total, students from our seven secondary systemic schools achieved 285 awards at the highest state benchmark (Band 6 in 2-unit courses or Band E4 in Extension courses), our best result since 2011.