College’s top spot

Hoppers Crossing Secondary College principal Keith Halge and the school's 2020 captains, Tyler-Jo Parsons (left) and Haylee Downes (right). Photo: Supplied. 207837_01

Hoppers Crossing Secondary College has been named the best performing government school in the west, in terms of VCE improvement across the past 10 years.

Seven West Media has analysed the VCE results of all Victorian secondary schools, from the past decade, as part of the Schools that Excel Program.

A best-performing government school and non-government school in Melbourne’s west, north, east and south were each selected from the data, based on their record of improvement.

The top spot for a government school in the west was taken out by Hoppers Crossing Secondary, where the median study score increased from 26 to 28 (out of 50) between 2009 and 2019.

The college’s percentage of study scores above 40 also grew from one per cent to 4.9 per cent. (A study score of 40 means that the student performed better than about 91 per cent of all students who took the same subject).

Hoppers Crossing Secondary College principal Keith Halge said the Schools that Excel award was a “wonderful testament to the whole school focus on improvement and on encouraging students to be aspirational and to set goals and work hard, with wonderful support, to achieve them”.

Mr Halge said the school had introduced a program where the year 12 study experience was replicated for students in lower year levels, to help them feel less daunted by the prospect of their final year of studies.

Last year, the college recorded a 99 per cent VCE pass rate and had a student achieve an ATAR score of 98.95, the highest ever achieved by a pupil at the school.

By Alesha Capone