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Senior Secondary

Students in their senior years of schooling (years 10, 11 & 12) at William Ross State High School are emerging young adults who have diverse needs and aspirations.

William Ross partners with James Cook University (JCU), Central Queensland University (CQU) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to provide valuable opportunities for students to enhance learning and prepare for tertiary study.

As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), William Ross State High School also offers vocational training courses (VET) in a range of subjects, including Engineering and Digital Media, alongside courses from external RTO’s in Fitness, Sport and Recreation, and Early Childhood Education and Care.

William Ross has a rich tradition of academic achievement with many graduates going on to excel across a range of university fields. High tertiary entrance scores (OP) leading to University and TAFE offers, combined with 100% Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) completion are the accepted standard for our graduates.

New Senior Schooling System

In 2019 a new senior assessment and tertiary entrance arrangement will be introduced for students across Queensland.

There are three key changes:

  • the introduction of a new senior assessment model that combines school-based assessment (set and marked by teachers), with external assessment (developed and marked by QCAA).
  • the development of new moderation processes to strengthen the quality and consistency of school-based assessment.
  • the removal of the Overall Position (OP) rank and introduction of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

In 2019​, year 12 students completing their senior studies will continue under the current schooling system, which awards students who are eligible for university entrance an OP (Overall Position) and Field Position. Students entering Year 11 in 2019 will commence their studies under the new schooling which is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

In 2020, the standard pathway to tertiary study for Queensland Year 12’s will change from the Overall Position (OP) to the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). 

Click here for a Quick Fact Sheet​ on OP and ATAR.




​Mr Allan Evans



 Deputy Principal. Senior School


​Ms Casey Subke

Deputy Principal. Senior Secondary