Casey Free loved her time at Scots PGC. She said the best thing her parents ever did was move her from a large school at the coast to a smaller school in the country.
Casey Free loved her time at Scots PGC. She said the best thing her parents ever did was move her from a large school at the coast to a smaller school in the country. Michael Nolan

Find out why this school ranked highest in Warwick

WARWICK schools have scored top report cards on an education website.

On average smaller schools out-performed their larger counterparts with Scots PGC College topping ranks for primary and secondary programs.

School ranking website Bettereducation.com.au gave the primary school 91/100 while its high school scored 89/100.

It was followed by Assumption College at 85/100 in the high school ranking and Warwick West State School with 89/100 in the primary ranking.

Graduate Casey Free is thankful her parents moved her from an elite Brisbane all-girls school to Scots PGC College four years ago.

She said the smaller campus gave her the support she needed to excel in her studies.

"It's the best school I've been to,” she said.

"The school I was at before this was a top school and I really struggled there because it was so big.

"The best thing my parents ever did was bring me to Scots.”

Casey is one of Scots PGC's stronger students, earning an OP5, and helping the school secure its top place on the Bettereducation.com.au ranking.

The website pools data from OP scores and standardised tests to rate every school in the state.

Its judges referenced the school's strong results in maths as a stand-out feature.

Casey said she wouldn't have achieved her results without help of her classmates and teachers.

"With my grade, we were all very good friends and knew we had to work hard for what we wanted,” she said

"The school environment helped as well, because it is so small, everyone knew each other, it was nice and calm and I didn't feel stress in my last year.

"With having a small cohort, teachers were able to help toy more and they had the time to as well.”

In a few weeks the 17-year-old will move to Armidale where she has enrolled at the University of the New England to undertake a Batchelor of Business degree, majoring in agribusiness.

Her goal is to work for a horse stud, or in the stock feed and supply industry.

While data showed Scots PGC as the top school, principal Kyle Thompson was keen to downplay the result.

"When you're a small school, a small number students performing either way can affect your percentages,” he said.

He added small schools had a natural advantage as teachers could develop a better understanding of the individual needs of each student.

"Success looks different for every kid, we had a number of kids who left school and went into apprenticeships, we have a number of kids each year that join the Defence Force and a number who go back onto properties,” Mr Thompson said.

This practise of individualised, data-driving learning is common across most schools but Mr Thompson said there was more to a good education than test scores.

"While it is nice to see students do well academically, I'd also suggest it's equally important that schools educate students with life skills, like being able to work together, their ability to problem solve, or their ability to be individual focused.

"If you talk to a lot of employers, academic results might be important to them, but it is more those soft skills that they are looking for.”



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