Lambton High marks best ever HSC results

Well done: Riordan Davies, Rani Ruse, Charlie Ekin and Gwendolyn Devoy. Charlie said teacher mentors and group study sessions “made the HSC more bearable” and were “empowering and uplifting”. Picture: Max Mason-HubersLAMBTON High is celebrating its best ever Higher School Certificate results, which have been attributed to a “perfect storm” of capable and hard-working students, professional development for teachers and a senior learning centre where pupils receive study support.

Deputy principal Peter Riley said theschool community was “incredibly proud” of the students’performance.

“It’s phenomenal,” Mr Riley said. “To get these results for a non-selective state school is just out of the box.”

Lambton High is 100thon a list of the state’s top 150 schools, ranked by calculating eachschool’s number of band six scores as a percentage of its completed courses.

It is preceded only by Newcastle Grammar at 35th, Central Coast Grammar at 56th, Gosford High at 58th, Merewether High at59thand Hunter Valley Grammar School at 70th.

Mr Riley said Lambtonis the highest ranking non-selective state school in the Hunter and Central Coast and the ninth highest ranking comprehensive school in the state.

“We’ve been building for five years and havemade a lot of changes that have helped get a mark here orthere, push a band four to a band five,” he said.

“The biggest challenge in education is helping kids reach their true potential and we think we’re getting close to getting them to 98 or 100 per cent of their potential.”

He said at least 25 students achieved an ATAR of 90 or above, including four students above 99: Rani Ruse got99.6, dux Charlie Ekin99.4,Riordan Davies 99.2andGwen Devoy 99.05.

“No-one expected this many over 90,” Mr Riley said.

Charlie said he “didn’t think I would touch 99” and was “speechless” when he saw his ATAR.

“It’s a sense of fulfilment that my hard work has paid off. Ithas opened more doorsfor me.”

Mr Riley said Lambtonhad achieved the most band six or equivalent results among non-selective Hunter state schools every year since 2016.

This year, its students achieved 116 band six or equivalents and 245 band fives, up from 76 band sixesand 184 band fives in 2017 and 79 band sixes and 189 band fives in 2016.

“In 45 per cent of all exams sat, the students get a band five or six,” Mr Riley said.

“It’s been three years, it’s not a fluke –it’s an endorsement what we’re doing is right.”

Lambton had four all-round achievers.

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