Goulburn Valley Grammar School has achieved the second best VCE results among regional schools, beating out traditionally strong performers, such as Geelong College, Ballarat Grammar and Hamilton and Alexandra College.
Only Ballarat Clarendon College boasted better overall scores.
GV Grammar principal Mark Torriero put the achievement down to a variety of factors and congratulated staff and students for their efforts.
‘‘I think there is a whole range of factors — trying to create a culture where learning is prized and valued by students, including growth, where they stated and where they got to,’’ Mr Torriero said.
‘‘And our teachers work really hard, they’re very dedicated in supporting students.’’
The school achieved a median study score of 34 for VCE subjects, with 22 per cent of scores coming in at 40 and more.
Four students achieved an ATAR of more than 99 and 18 students were more than 95.
School dux Aditya Ryan Bhat topped the list with an impressive 99.9, followed by Paige Gullifer on 99.7, Lucy Eishold on 99.15 and Alexander Schmedje on 99.
No other schools in the region broke the 99 barrier.
More than half of GV Grammar’s Year 12 cohort achieved an ATAR of more than 80, unlocking a wide range of university courses.
Mr Torriero said the 37-year-old school boasted alumni across a variety of fields.
‘‘Literally in all walks of life — everything from being on the stage through to the typical professions of law and medicine and accounting. And then right through to architecture, engineering, visual design, small business — the whole gamut, a really diverse range of industries,’’ he said.
Mr Torriero said competition to attend the school was strong.
‘‘We have a very long waiting lists, there’s a lot of interest,’’ he said.
The school offers scholarships in two categories, high academic achievers and the broader category of general excellence.
Two social justice scholarships are also given, one to a student with a refugee background and another to an indigenous student.