student achievements

Class of 2020 - Higher School Certificate results


With great delight, I outline below the summary of our Class of 2020, Higher School Certificate results. We are immensely proud that many of the girls, despite the challenges the year has brought, have achieved some outstanding results and a number of personal bests, reflecting the commitment, application and willingness to seek feedback which characterised many in this diverse and capable cohort.

Congratulations to the 6 students from PLC Armidale who have attained a Band 6 result (mark over 90 or equivalent) in one or more courses. The achievement of the girls individually and collectively across courses studied exemplifies the continued development of the culture of learning at PLC Armidale.

Each year, a leading Sydney newspaper publishes a list of the top 150 schools in the State. Inclusion on this list is based upon the 'success' rate of individual schools. In this context, success is defined as the number of high scores (Band 6/mark over 90 or equivalent) expressed as a percentage of the total number of examination papers sat at the school. This count does not include subjects studied through an accelerated pattern of study or Distance Education.

Our Year 12, 2020 cohort size meant that this pre-requisite number of examination papers set by the newspaper for inclusion on its list was not met hence a search for PLC Armidale will not yield any results whereas our larger cohort size last year met the threshold as we were acknowledged as 81st in the State.

In summary, the 2020 high score results (Band 6 or equivalent) were achieved by 28% of our cohort across the courses taught at the College. In addition, a further 48% of the Class of 2020 achieved a Band 5 (mark over 80) result in at least one or more subjects. This put our ‘success rate’ at around 12.4% which is one of the highest success rates in the New England Region.

ATARS (issued by the University Admissions Centre) are not made directly available to schools, however, we have begun hearing back from a number of our students and offer congratulations to the following girls who have attained an ATAR over 95 with additional ATARs yet to be confirmed:

  • Thurkka Jeyakumar (>97)
  • Jessica Li (>97)
  • Isabelle Taylor (96.05)
  • Helen Zhou, Pathways Graduate  (95.30)

A special mention and congratulations to the students who were recognised on the 2020 NSW Distinguished Achievers list which records students who achieved a result in the highest band (Band 6 or Band E4) for one or more courses:

    • Olivia Hoppe

    • Thurkka Jeyakumar

    • Jessica Li

    • Isabelle Taylor

    • Mae Yee (2019)

    • Helen Zhou

    • Lily Graham

Jessica Li and Isabelle Taylor were also recognised on the NSW Distinguished Achievers for three or more Band 6 results achieved across the completion of the HSC. 

Thurkka Jeyakumar was also recognised on the NSW “All-round Achievers list” which records students who achieved a result in the highest band possible (Band 6 or Band E4) in 10 or more units of courses in their current pattern of study.


Recording high bands of achievement is one measure of success and we are thrilled for the girls whose effort and application has yielded these results.  However, the academic growth of each student, the ability to persevere through adversity and finish well are measures of lasting achievement. Students supported in seeking to access courses of choice at universities or colleges of choice are also indicators of success.

The College is very proud of the class of 2020 who have enriched our community with their vitality, commitment and consideration of others, attributes which will serve them well in the years ahead.


Mrs Nicola Taylor
(02) 6770 1700