academic results

st margaret's is a non-selective school. we are proud of our academic history, with our results consistently above state and national averages. 

naplan 2019

st margaret's 2019 naplan results are most commendable and we acknowledge the wonderful efforts of our girls and those who support them – their teachers and parents. 

all of st margaret's results across all years tested (years 3, 5, 7 and 9) and in each category (i.e. writing, reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy) are once again well above state and national averages. as in 2017 and 2018, we once again ranked in the top 20 in queensland across all four categories, which is testament to our agenda of continual improvement through the use of data-informed practice, evidence-based programs, together with our excellent teaching staff. our year 3s excelled and ranked number 1 in queensland. 

our strong results reflect both the quality teaching and learning opportunities provided at st margaret's and the diligent work of our staff and students in maintaining a focus on literacy and numeracy, which we consider are the foundation skills for all other skills students will develop.

while naplan is only one measure of the all-rounded education we seek to provide to our girls, the data provided through this testing tool is valuable in assisting the school to further refine our curriculum and be responsive to students' collective and individual needs. 

download the 2019 naplan results summary (pdf 111.7kb)

outstanding results with 36.8% of op-eligible students receiving an op 1-5 and 20.6% an op 1-3

we wish to congratulate our 2019 year 12 students on these outstanding results.

in this final year of the op system, st margaret’s had a total of 87 domestic and international year 12 students. of these, 68 (78%) were op eligible. in addition, 42 students (48%) received a vet qualification (which means that some students graduated with both an op score and an additional qualification).

queensland certificate of education
100% of our students received a queensland certificate of education (qce).

op results
an op score, used for tertiary education admission, reflects a student’s position in the group of op eligible students throughout queensland. there are 25 op scores, ranging from an op 1 which is the highest to an op 25.

the results for st margaret’s op-eligible students are:
  • 11.80% achieved an op 1 - 2
  • 20.60% achieved an op 1 - 3
  • 36.80% achieved an op 1 - 5
  • 69.12% achieved and op 1 - 10
  • 92.65% achieved an op 1 - 15.


our results for op 1-2 and op 1-3 are almost double the state percentages and we congratulate those students who have achieved at this exceptional level.  

the table and graphs below compare the ops of st margaret’s students with overall state percentages. the cumulative graph particularly highlights our strong results, clearly showing our students' performance was well above the state average.

op percentage results 2019

OP results table 2019


 2019 OP_ results_a


2019 cumulative results_a 

queensland core skills test results (2019)
i also congratulate the 2019 year 12 cohort on their queensland core skills test performance with 67.8% of op-eligible students awarded an a or a b.

QCS 2019 results 

st margaret’s is an academically non-selective school which offers its diverse community of students a holistic education and a range of pathways to both tertiary study and other career paths. we are committed to personalising each student’s learning journey, and to helping them discover their passions and strengths.

in 2019, 40 students completed a diploma of business with barrington college. three students attained a diploma of project management through frontline management. in addition, eight students completed certificate qualifications in tourism, events, early childhood education and care, retail management, rural operations/animal studies, music industry and health support services. 

in total, 46% of the 2019 year 12 cohort attained a diploma qualification which will give them a rank equivalent of an op 8 or 9 depending on the institution.

we acknowledge the dedication of all our graduating students, and wish them the very best as they embark upon the next exciting stage of their lives.

we also thank and acknowledge our dedicated teachers for their stewardship of our seniors throughout their st margaret’s journey and also our parents and guardians who work in partnership with us during their daughter’s schooling.