Bunbury Senior High School has topped the South West’s academic rankings and is being lauded as one of the best in regional WA after an impressive showing by its Year 12 students last year. The school finished at number 38 in the State and was the highest in the region based on its median ATAR of 84.15 — a score which also places it as third in all of country WA. The public school — which had 45 ATAR students of a possible 95 — has skyrocketed up the list after being listed at number 80 in the State in 2020. Close behind on the rankings, which were revealed by The West Australian this week under freedom of information laws, was Bunbury Catholic College, which came in at number 42 in the State with an 83.60 median ATAR. The cracking score, based on 36 pupils, was also the second highest for a private school in the State’s regions, fourth overall in country WA and a massive leap from its 72nd place finish in 2020. BCC, which was listed among the highest performing schools for mathematics and English, also had seven students achieve an ATAR over 95 and 12 above 90. Principal Michael Pepper said he was proud of the students’ accomplishments, which were a testament to their hard work and dedication. “Being ranked among the top 50 schools based on the median ATAR and being among the top five country schools in WA is very rewarding and well deserved for our students and staff,” he said. “Over the past two years, our College has focused on the implementation of visible learning pedagogies and I believe that this initiative, coupled with the close monitoring of individual student achievement, is paying dividends for our students’ results.” Cape Naturaliste came in at 59th with an 81.5 median ATAR, with Margaret River Senior High School one spot behind on 81.45. Manjimup Senior High School finished at number 63 on 81.20, which included Brendan Walsh’s top individual ATAR score in the region on 99.85. Brendan, who will study engineering at Curtin University this year, told the South Western Times last week he was proud of the result. “I felt I was alright to definitely get into my uni course but I didn’t think I would get anywhere near that high. . . I was very shocked,” he said. Every other eligible South West school finished inside the top 100, including Georgiana Molloy Anglican School (70), Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School (84), Manea Senior College (93) and Australind Senior High School (96). Grace Christian College and Newton Moore, Busselton, Collie and Harvey Senior High Schools had fewer than 20 ATAR students and were not listed.