Academic Results

We are particularly proud of our girls’ HSC results in 2020 and congratulate our Year 12 students and staff on their wonderful achievements.

HSC 2020 results

Our girls consistently achieve high results in the HSC—strong evidence of Ascham’s high quality of teaching and commitment to excellence.

  • 70

  • 30

99% of girls are offered places to universities.

  • 80

  • 20

Girls achieved marks of 70% or above in 616 out of the 629 examinations.

  • 60

  • 40

More than 50% of our students scored an ATAR above 90.

All-round Achievers list


22 girls are in the All-round Achievers list, having achieved top band marks (90% and above) in 10 or more of their units.

A further ten girls narrowly missed this honours list, having achieved top band results in eight or nine of their units.

Distinguished Achievers

While acknowledging that the entire 2020 cohort achieved well above the State average and deserves acclaim for their achievements we are also very pleased to report outstanding individual results:

German Continuers


Anika Deva – first in the State in German Continuers.

History Extension


Saachi Brajkovic – first in the State in History Extension.

English Advanced


Saachi Brajkovic – second in the State in English Advanced.

French Continuers


Emily Sacks – second in the State in French Continuers.

French Continuers


Lara Elphinstone – third in the State in French Continuers.

Outstanding Results

A high percentage of Ascham girls achieved marks in the top band across all subjects. As a non-selective school, our results show we care for all students.

Through our unique Dalton Plan, dedicated teachers guided hardworking students to achieve outstanding results.

• Of the 629 exams, 616 girls achieved marks of 70% or above.

• In five of the twenty-one, 2 Unit Courses, our students achieved marks above 80%.

• In six of seven Extension courses, our students achieved marks above 80%.

Ascham students were enrolled in 28 different courses. In 11 of these courses our lowest exam mark was equal to, or higher than, the average state exam mark. This achievement includes subjects with varied candidatures such as English Standard, English Extension 2, Physics, all History courses, French Extension, Drama, Music 1 and Music 2.

Could there be a clearer indication of the academic strengths of our School and the Dalton Plan?

The results are exceptional from a group of committed students who showed the benefit of working consistently through the HSC year.

Special congratulations and thanks go to all the Ascham teachers who were involved with Year 12. The class of 2020 was nurtured by the Year Coordinator, Ms Nicola Freyne, who understood individual strengths and encouraged all the girls to strive for academic excellence.

Special thanks also to the Heads of Department in each subject area. These teachers made sure they developed curriculum initiatives to enhance results.

Hearty congratulations from all of us to the Class of 2020.

A selection of our HSC subjects and the percentage of girls coming in the top two performance bands compared to the State:

NSW average


Ancient History

33% : 96%


30% : 80%


42% : 75%

Chinese Cont

75% : 100%

Chin. In Context

89% : 100%


57% : 100%


47% : 90%


51% : 79%

English Advanced

63% : 99%

English St

11% : 53%


63% : 100%


41% : 100%


64% : 100%

Italian Beg

45% : 100%

Italian Cont

58% : 100%


52% : 93%

Maths Std 2

24% : 44%

Modern History

37% : 95%

Music 1

64% : 100%

Music 2

87% : 100%


34% : 90%


40% : 63%

Visual Arts

64% : 95%

English Ext 1

92% : 100%

English Ext 2

82% : 100%

Maths Ext 1

74% : 93%

Maths Ext 2

83% : 100%

History Ext

76% : 100%

French Ext

81% : 100%

German Ext

100% : 100%

Music Ext

97% : 100%

Science Ext

73% : 100%

Selected for ARTEXPRESS

Alexandra Cooke, Natalie Leroy, Phoebe Silverton and Phoebe Turner

Alexandra Cooke (top left), Natalie Leroy (top right), Phoebe Turner (bottom left), Phoebe Silverton (bottom right)

Four Visual Arts students had their HSC bodies of work selected for exhibition in next year’s ARTEXPRESS. The works of Alexandra Cooke O.M.G. (Organisms Modified Genetically), Natalie Leroy Mind of My Own / Journey, Phoebe Silverton Home and Phoebe Turner States of Flux will be displayed at various regional galleries and also the Art Gallery of NSW in early 2021. In addition, bodies of work by Pippa Bell and Sarah Woods also made the shortlist.

Nominated for OnSTAGE

Brigid Roche

OnSTAGE is a performance of the year’s most successful HSC Drama pieces. In 2020, Brigid Roche was nominated for her Drama Individual Project, a piece from Fleabag. This year, unfortunately Group Projects were unable to take place due to COVID-19.

Nominated for Encore

Ruby Alexander, Antonina Mehigan, Nadia Hui and Beatrice Colombis

Ruby Alexander (top left), Antonina Mehigan (top right), Nadia Hui (bottom left), Beatrice Colombis (bottom right)

The Encore concert is a program of outstanding performances and compositions by music students from schools across NSW. Our four nominees this year are:

Music 1: Ruby Alexander (voice) and Antonina Mehigan (voice)
Music 2: Nadia Hui (flute)
Music 2 / Music Extension: Beatrice Colombis (violin)

Callback Showcase

Shoshana Auerbach

Callback is a showcase of exemplary performances and compositions from HSC Dance students. Shoshana Auerbach received three nominations (Major Study Performance, Core Performance and Core Composition) for inclusion in the Callback Showcase to be held in February 2021.

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