The Toorak Advantage

The All-Girl Advantage

For over 140 years Toorak College has been committed to the education of girls and has played a major role in shaping the lives of thousands of women over many generations. 

At Toorak College, we are advocates for girl's education, yet we understand that the world does not cater to a single gender.  We do not seek to replicate the world, we seek to challenge it, by offering our students a learning environment that enables them to focus on achieving their personal best whilst also discovering their passions.

Educational research and our experience tells us that single-sex education offers girls the greatest chance to ignore stereotypes, develop strong self-worth and grow in confidence.

  • Girls in single-sex schools perform better academically that their counterparts in co-educational schools.
  • Girls at girls' schools have "higher aspirations", "greater motivation" and are "challenged to achieve more than their female peers". 
  • An all-girl environment can stimulate discussion, dialogue and self-discovery when designed and purpose built by experts in girls' education and centred around developmental milestones.
  • For girls, single-sex settings results in much more favourable attitudes towards mathematics and science related subjects than those in coeducational settings.
  • An all-girl environment allows more opportunity for girls to take on leadership roles. Students who had previously held or currently hold a leadership role enjoyed significantly higher levels of social efficacy relative to those who had no leadership role experience.
  • Single gender classes provide a learning environment where the female voice is not marginalised. The personal attributes of the teachers, most notably their encouragement, care and availability, motivate these female students from single gender schools to excel.

We are proud advocates of girls education from Year 5 onwards to ensure our students are as confident, as resilient and as strong as they possibly can be. As specialists in girls’ education in the senior years, Toorak College is set to become an all-girls’ school from Prep – Year 12 in the future. We will enrol our last boys into Prep in 2022 where they will receive a nurturing and holistic education, integrating within our Junior School community until they complete Year 4.

We recognise that the choice to educate your child in a single-sex environment is an important one and a decision that involves a great deal of research and thought. 

Visit the Alliance of Girls School Australasia site for more information. This website highlights the key advantages of a single sex education.

The best way to see girls' only education in action at Toorak College is to make an appointment with our Enrolments Office to tour the school.

Our Results

Toorak College has a proud track record of achieving outstanding results and we are currently ranked number 1 primary and secondary school on the Mornington Peninsula. 

VCE Results

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 for their outstanding results soaring to record heights. 

43 percent of the 2019 Year 12 cohort achieved ATARs of 90 or higher, placing them in the top 10 percent of the country. 13 percent of students received an ATAR score of 98 or above, placing them in the top two percent of the country, while 23 percent achieved an ATAR score of 95 or higher.

There was not a department in the school that did not achieve sensational results, which is a true testament to a team coming together. The top performances came from Languages, Global Politics, Science, Mathematics, History and the Arts.

The 2019 DUX was Christine Ng, achieving an ATAR score of 99. The DUX Proximus was Alexia Kirchmann who received an ATAR score of 98.85.

Toorak College Principal, Mrs Kristy Kendall, said the scores are a reflection of the hard work and commitment of the students and staff along the girls’ entire academic journeys.

“We are thrilled at the prospect of our girls entering the world with not only academic excellence under their belt, but also to be equipped with the relevant tools, skills and confidence to thrive in their future.”

NAPLAN Results

Our NAPLAN results are testimony to the high quality teaching and learning that occurs at Toorak College. 

NAPLAN results reveal that Toorak College has achieved record results and seen significant gains in state rankings. Toorak College has moved to rank 39th of all Victorian primary schools and 25th of all Victorian secondary schools.

Our emphasis on individualised learning and growth for every child has certainly been reflected in the 2019 results. Toorak College students significantly outperformed the Victorian average across all year levels (Year 3, 5, 7 and 9) and for all parameters (Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation and Numeracy).

You can view Toorak College's NAPLAN results on the My School website.  

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