ROCKHAMPTON Grammar School's standing as one of the nation's best has been confirmed by a new report into the classroom performance of hundreds of thousands of pupils.
The independent analysis of 10,000 schools across the country highlights its excellence.
It is placed in the top 50 country schools nationwide and in Queensland's top 50 schools - the only school in Central Queensland to make either list.
Only five Queensland schools made the country list.
The rankings, which were commissioned by The Australian, are the first of their kind and studied students' performance in the national numeracy and literacy tests in Year 7 and Year 9.
Headmaster Dr Phillip Moulds said while he was delighted the school had performed so strongly, academic achievement was only part of the story.
"The NAPLAN tests are a narrow measure of the school's success, measuring a snapshot of academic performance and do not evaluate the student as a whole person.
"And we're really much more concerned that our students mature as well-rounded, confident, resilient, community-minded young men and women," he said.
"We are really interested in our students achieving all they can in everything they do."
The results will almost certainly increase the popularity of the school which already has waiting lists for most year groups.
He said the school was blessed with great teachers and would continue to work at improving.
- RGS was founded in 1881
- There are about 1300 students
- Last year 19 Year 12 students achieved OP1 - the most ever
- Now named in best 50 country schools in Australia and in Queensland's 50 best-performing schools