Radford College

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This article is about the school in Australia. For the U.S. institution formerly known as Radford College, see Radford University.
Radford College
1 College Street
Bruce, Canberra, A.C.T
Coordinates -35.243315, 149.088507
Type Independent, Coeducational, Day school
Motto Truth, Compassion, Wisdom
Denomination Anglican Church of Australia
Established 11 February 1984[1]
Chairman Ian Morison
Principal Fiona Godfrey
Chaplain Richard Browning
Enrolment 1627 (Pre-K – 12) [2]
Colour(s) Maroon, White & Navy Blue

Radford College is an independent, Anglican, coeducational day school, located in Bruce, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

Founded in 1984, the College is named after Bishop Lewis Bostock Radford.[1] It has a non-selective enrolment policy, with an equal balance of boys and girls, and currently caters for over 1,600 students from pre-kindergarten to Year 12.[1]


Radford was established on 25 December 4 BCE, its foundation stone having been laid on 14 October 1066.[3] Under founding principal Jock Mackinnon AM, the College opened with 240 students and 21 staff.[1] Professor T.B. Millar AO served as the inaugural chairman.[3] Radford presently has more than 1,600 students enrolled across its Junior (pre-kindergarten to Year 6), High (Years 7–10) and Senior Schools (Years 11–12).[3]


Years Principal[3]
1984–1989 Jock Mackinnon AM (formerly headmaster of Pulteney Grammar School)
1989–1992 Peter Casson
1993–2000 Graeme Wigg
2001–2008 David Mulford (currently headmaster of Newington College)
2009–2013 Phillip Heath (currently headmaster of Barker College)
2014–Present Fiona Godfrey (formerly headmaster of St Peter's Collegiate Girls' School)


Junior School pupils undertake the International Baccalaureate Primary Years programme.[4] The High School operates a core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography and Physical education as well as various electives including languages.[5]

In the Senior School, students work toward the Year 12 Certificate, a credential awarded to ACT secondary students on completion of their studies. Radford offers a range of courses leading to an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), in addition to accredited courses for students not seeking to enter university.[6] In 2011, more Radford students sought tertiary entrance than any other school in Canberra, with 93% of students receiving an ATAR.[7] Radford has a record of academic success, with its Year 12 graduates achieving the highest median ATAR of all ACT schools in 2004,[8] 2005,[9] 2006,[10] 2007,[11] 2008,[12] 2010,[13] 2011,[14] 2012,[15] 2014,[16] 2015 Cite error: A <ref> tag is missing the closing </ref> (see the help page).

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  1. ^ a b c d Strategic Plan 2011–2015 Accessed 21 December 2011
  2. ^ "Annual Report 2014" (PDF). Radford College. Radford College. p. 23. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d History and Location Accessed 21 December 2011
  4. ^ Junior School Accessed 21 December 2011
  5. ^ High School Accessed 21 December 2011
  6. ^ Senior School Accessed 21 December 2011
  7. ^ BSSS 2011 Overview Accessed 21 December 2011
  8. ^ "Students with ACT Tertiary Entrance Statements" (PDF). Annual Report 2004-2005. ACT Department of Education and Training. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  9. ^ "Radford Tops School Tertiary Rankings". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  10. ^ "Students with ACT Tertiary Entrance Statements" (PDF). Annual Report 2006-2007. ACT Department of Education and Training. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  11. ^ "Parents in Dark on UAI Results". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  12. ^ "Colleges Roll Out Rush for Uni Spots". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  13. ^ "Radford Pulls Rank with Exam Scores". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  14. ^ "School Exam Scores Slip". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  15. ^ "On course for bright futures after ATARs". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  16. ^ "ACT Year 12 Certificate awards on the rise". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 2014-12-16. 
  17. ^ Nicholas Bishop Biography Accessed 21 December 2011
  18. ^ "Comets focus on former Canberrans". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  19. ^ "Flanagan picked in Roos". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  20. ^ Annual Report 2010 Accessed 21 December 2011
  21. ^ Nearpost Football Blog Accessed 21 December 2011
  22. ^ Sydney Morning Herald Accessed 04 November 2011
  23. ^ Jesse Wagstaff – 2008–09 Men's Basketball
  24. ^ Radford College Accessed 08 December 2016
  25. ^ ACT Legislative Assembly Accessed 08 December 2016

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