Academic Excellence

St Leonard’s College is a leading academic school that offers our students the opportunity to excel. Our outstanding academic results are driven by an unwavering commitment to nurturing our young people and encouraging them to believe in their ability to succeed if they give of their best.

Class of 2021 Academic Results


St Leonard’s College offers the opportunity to achieve excellence in either the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).

Both of these tertiary pathways provide our year 12 graduates with an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

We are delighted to share the outstanding results of the Class of 2021 as they currently stand on 3 January 2022, which is the release date of the IBDP results.  Please be aware that the opportunity for reviews of IBDP study scores may result in some students improving upon their current achievements, which may impact the final determination of the IBDP Duces and Proxime Accessits, as well as the combined VCE and IBDP metrics provided in this summary.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Results 

  • Crystal Lee and Luke Pan, the IBDP Duces, achieved a perfect score of 45 (ATAR of 99.95) placing them in the top 0.02% of IBDP graduates worldwide.
  • Jack Chapman, Michelle Iskhakbaev, Yuvraj Malhotra and Jade Reade, the IBDP Proxime Accessits, all gained a score of 44 (ATAR 99.75)
  • Median ATAR of 97.90, placed 50% of students in the top 2.10% nationally.
  • 89% of students gained an ATAR of 95 or above
  • 94% of students gained an ATAR of 90 or above
  • 100% of students gained an ATAR of 80 or above

Victorian Certificate of Education Results

  • Justin Lee, the VCE Dux, achieved an ATAR of 99.90
  • Simon Wu, the Proxime Accessit, achieved an ATAR of 99.30
  • Median ATAR of 84.05 placing 50% of students in the top 15.95% nationally
  • 17% of students gained an ATAR of 95 or above
  • 30% of students gained an ATAR of 90 or above
  • 70% of students gained an ATAR of 80 or above
  • 89% of students gained an ATAR of 70 or above

Combined IBDP and VCE Results

The Class of 2021 exceeded all expectations in gaining:

  • Median ATAR of 89.65
  • 39% of all students gained an ATAR of 95 or above
  • 49% of all students gained an ATAR of 90 or above
  • 79% of all students gained an ATAR of 80 or above
  • 92% of all students gained an ATAR of 70 or above

We are incredibly proud of the Class of 2021, they are indeed true Leonardians. They have demonstrated their incredible determination, resilience and academic brilliance, and we acknowledge our remarkable staff who have nurtured these students throughout their journey at the College, enabling them to achieve their full potential in all aspects of their being, particularly throughout the last two years under such unprecedented circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We also recognise all of the devoted parents and families who have provided their unwavering support and encouragement.

We wish the Class of 2021 every success in this next chapter of their life as they take their place in the world as global citizens. They have certainly proven they are undeterred and undefeated!

College Duces and Proxime Accessits 


Crystal Lee – College Dux – IBPD 45/45 ATAR 99.95 

Since commencing at St Leonard’s in year 7, Crystal has embraced College life and the opportunities on offer, participating in Music, Sport, Debating, Talent Development Programs and various House activities. Crystal’s academic achievements include first place in the da Vinci Decathlon in years 7 and 10, the Australian Mathematics Competition Prize and the University of Melbourne Maths Competition Outstanding Award in year 9, along with a string of Best in Subject awards throughout her studies, including IBDP subject prizes in Biology and French. Crystal chose the IBDP as her course of study as, in her view, it “allows students to explore various subjects of interest at a standard level, and also to dive deeper into certain subjects at a higher level”. Crystal reflects on what she will treasure most about her school years…“I am most grateful to St Leonard’s for providing me with different experiences and memories that I will cherish for life. What I have loved most is the relationships I built with my peers and my teachers”. We are delighted that Crystal has been acknowledged for her outstanding IBDP achievement with a 100% Chancellor’s Scholarship in the course of her choice, a Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne. Our congratulations to Crystal on her exceptional results. 



Luke Pan – College Dux – IBPD 45/45 ATAR 99.95

Our joint Deputy College Captain in 2021, Luke, arrived at St Leonard’s in year 7 and has participated in Hockey, Soccer, Futsal, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and St Leonard’s Symphony Orchestra. He was also a da Vinci Decathlon National Winner in year 10. Luke says his “best memories of the College come from experiences I’ve shared with my peers, whether that be on the Big Experience (international year 9 trip), during the year 10 hike, or even in the schoolyard – these have made my time at St Leonard’s a truly memorable one.” Luke chose to study the IBDP, receiving subject prizes for Chemistry, Economics, Higher Level Mathematics, Physics and Spanish. He shares, “I enjoyed the independence that the IBDP gave through the completion of assignments like Internal Assessments and the Extended Essay, which allowed me to pursue areas of certain subjects that I was more interested in. I think the advantage of the IBDP is that it offers a globally minded perspective through its subjects and course design, from language acquisition to the need to explore subjects on a global scale”. Luke applied for courses in Victoria and NSW, receiving a Co-op Scholarship to study Mechatronic Engineering at UNSW and an offer to study Engineering (Honours) in the Masters Accelerated Pathway at Monash University. Luke has decided to proceed with the course from UNSW. Our congratulations to Luke for all he has achieved.



Justin Lee – College Dux – VCE ATAR 99.90 

We are proud of Justin’s leadership, support and encouragement of others in his role as joint College Captain in 2021. From his first year at St Leonard’s in year 7 and throughout his time at the College, Justin participated in various activities including the Big Band, Running Club, Future Problem Solving and da Vinci Decathlon competitions. His academic achievements include VCE subject prizes in Chemistry, Literature, Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics. Justin speaks of his time at the College as “providing such a generous and loving community of teachers and peers, and giving me so many reasons to look forward to coming to school.” He describes the College vision, an education for life, as “an experience which encourages and facilitates individuals to discover themselves rather than making them adhere to some design or template, it is something which nurtures a resilient, authentic character that lasts a lifetime.” We thank Justin for his outstanding contribution to the College and congratulate him on his 100% Chancellor’s Scholarship award to study a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne. 



Jack Chapman – Proxime Accessit – IBPD 44/45 ATAR 99.75 

Jack has been an active member of College life since joining in year 7, participating in the da Vinci Decathlon in years 7, 9 and 10, and the school debating program, included speaking at the Debaters Association of Victoria and the Australian Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships. Jack has also enjoyed swimming in the ACS Championships and the Victorian School Associations Competition. His academic achievements include IBDP subject prizes in English Language and Literature and Standard Level Mathematics. He reflects on his time at school, saying “I am grateful to St Leonard’s College for providing me with an outstanding learning environment where I was always given ample opportunities to push myself through involvement in a variety of extracurricular activities. I have loved the excellent learning environment provided by St Leonard’s, facilitated by its outstanding staff. To me, the College vision, an education for life, is one where we as students develop study habits that will serve us well at university and in the workforce. An education for life trains us to be independent, self-directed and self-motivated learners who will seek to gain new knowledge and work to develop pre-existing knowledge throughout our lives.” We wish Jack well and congratulate him on his offer to study Medicine at Monash University. 



Michelle Iskhakbaev – Proxime Accessit – IBPD 44/45 ATAR 99.75 

Michelle was House Music Captain in year 12 and participated in the St Leonard’s College Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Strings, Piano Trio, Soprano Alto Choir, Melodic Minors, Senior Choir, Jazz Choir, Senior Vocal Ensemble, Tuesday Jazz Ensemble, Early Music Vocal Ensemble, College Musicals and College Musical Orchestras. Michelle enjoyed working with our younger students as a Connect Leader in year 11 and a Peer Support Leader in year 12. She has received Academic Excellence awards every year including IBDP Subject Prizes in Chemistry, Literature, Standard Level Mathematics and Music. Michelle received the Edna G Forster Award for Music in 2021. She won the Solo Artist Competition in 2020 and performed the Mendelssohn violin concerto in E minor with the Symphony Orchestra in the Leonardian Centre. Michelle won the Berthe Mouchette Alliance Française competition for her year level across the state in year 10, and the Norm Fary Public Speaking Award in year 8. In reflecting on her years at the College, Michelle treasures “all of the musical and academic opportunities, the amazing infrastructure that provided a safe and inspiring learning environment and the friendships I have made.” Our congratulations to Michelle for receiving an offer to study a combined degree in Laws (Honours)/ Biomedical Science at Monash University. 



Yuvraj Malhotra – Proxime Accessit – IBPD 44/45 ATAR 99.75 

Yuvraj commenced in year 7 and says, “I am grateful for the support and guidance I received from the teachers at St Leonard’s College, who always encouraged me to make the best of the opportunities I was given.” Yuvraj participated in Cricket, Volleyball, Science Master Class, Lennie’s Van, STEM Club, Spanish Club, working with our younger students as a leader in the Connect Program, Peer Support Program and Social Action Bystander Training Program. He competed in the Australian Maths Competition every year, the ICAS Science Competition and the Science Olympiad and was awarded the IBDP Subject Prize in Economics. Yuvraj was an active member of his House, competing in Chess, Debating, Swimming, Athletics and Dance Off and was a House Captain for Munro in 2021. Yuvraj chose the IBDP as the pathway to his tertiary studies, sharing “I enjoyed working through my Community Action Service (CAS) requirements as it ensured I took part in activities and services I otherwise may have ignored. I really enjoyed the process of working towards my Extended Essay on a subject and topic I was passionate about. The IBDP also requires you to explore a wider array of subjects and concepts, specifically through Theory of Knowledge (TOK). Thus, making you a more all-rounded thinker.” As a result of his outstanding academic performance, Yuvraj has been awarded a Commerce Achievement Scholarship at the University of Melbourne.



Jade Reade – Proxime Accessit – IBPD 44/45 ATAR 99.75

Commencing at St Leonard’s in year 8, Jade enjoyed Sailing, Basketball and singing in the Senior Choir. She was also part of the Senior School Social Action Group and involved with Lennie’s Van, providing meal deliveries to food vulnerable members of the Bayside community. Jade was a Social Action Leader for Newman House, and received the Uniting Church Award for Responsibility for her selfless giving, empathy and compassion for others. Jade shares, “I enjoyed the global perspectives that the IBDP course provided and the breadth of thinking it encouraged, through the study of global events and issues in our subjects as well as in the Theory of Knowledge class. I enjoyed the many friendships I formed within the IB cohort, and the great care my teachers provided me throughout the programme. The teachers and classes across year 11 and 12 were kept the same, so a real sense of camaraderie was formed between us all over the two years.” Our congratulations to Jade who has been offered a place to study Medicine at Monash University.



Simon Wu – Proxime Accessit – VCE ATAR 99.30

Simon commenced in year 9 as an international student in the College homestay program. He became involved in Basketball, Soccer and Tennis and also represented his House in Swimming, Cross Country Running and Athletics. He joined the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. Commencing in the Intensive English Language course, Simon’s commitment to his studies has seen him achieve impressive academic results, culminating with VCE subject prizes in English as an Additional Language and Mathematical Methods. Simon shares, “St Leonard’s provided me with the opportunity to learn more about Australian and Western culture. I am most grateful for knowing the lovely teachers and staff members. The College helped me to find a learning pattern that suited me the most so I can adapt that pattern for my university and career life.” We congratulate Simon on all that he has achieved.

University Destinations and Fields of Study

Of the 2021 graduates who applied through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), 100% received an offer. 

The most popular destination for our VCE and IBDP graduates was Monash University representing 36.8% of offers received, followed by the University of Melbourne (27.8%), Deakin University (13.5%) and RMIT University (11.2%). 

Other destinations, including interstate and international, accounted for the remaining 10.7% of offers received. Graduates received offers from universities such as the University of NSW, the University of Adelaide, the University of Queensland, the Australian National University and Bond University, in addition to study destinations in the USA and the UK. 

The most popular fields of study chosen were Commerce/Business (23%), Science (17%), Biomedical Science/Health, Dental Science and Medicine (15%), Arts (14%), Creative Arts, Design and Media (12%), and Law (5%). 


The following students received scholarship offers for study in 2022:

Luke Allen: Leadership Scholarship 25% (International Relations/ Business), Bond University

Xavier Curcio: Excellence Scholarship 50%, (Laws), Bond University

Azada Hussaini: Melbourne Access Scholarship (Arts), the University of Melbourne

Tia Kosir: International Study Grant, (Arts/Criminology), Monash University

Crystal Lee: Melbourne Biomedicine Chancellor’s Scholarship 100%, the University of Melbourne

Justin Lee: Melbourne Science Chancellor’s Scholarship 100%, the University of Melbourne

Yuraji Malhotra: Melbourne Access Scholarship (Commerce), the University of Melbourne

Rosie Nolan: Biomedicine Discovery Scholarship (Biomedical Science Scholars Program), Monash University

Ruby O’Sullivan: Leadership Scholarship 50% (Business), Bond University

Luke Pan: Co-op Scholarship (Mechatronic Engineering (MEC)), UNSW.

Sarah Thompson: Women in Engineering (Engineering-Biomedical), RMIT