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English study is mandatory in NSW from Kindergarten to Year 12.

In English, students learn about the study and use of the English language in its various textual forms. These encompass spoken, written and visual texts through which meaning is shaped, conveyed, interpreted and reflected. Complexity increases as students progress through their schooling.

Developing proficiency in English enables students to take their place as confident communicators; critical and imaginative thinkers; lifelong learners; and informed, active participants in Australian society. Their understanding of English through knowledge and skills acquisition is essential to their intellectual, social and emotional development.

The study of English should develop a love of literature and learning and be challenging and enjoyable. It develops skills to enable students to experiment with ideas and expression, to become active, independent and lifelong learners, to work with each other and to reflect on their learning.

In Year 11 and 12, the study of English is mandatory. Courses offered include:

  • English Extension 2
  • English Extension 1
  • English Advanced
  • English Standard
  • English Studies
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
  • English Life Skills.

In the subject English, we provide opportunities for students to understand, use, enjoy and value the English language. We help students become thoughtful, imaginative and effective communicators for our diverse and changing society

Across each Stage 4 and 5 (Years 7 - 10), students study language based around novels, poetry and song, drama (including some Shakespeare), film and a variety of media forms.

Visual literacy in Year 7

students posing in an English class

The faculty aims to select texts and learning activities that are enjoyable, engaging and challenging. Students develop their skills in different forms of writing: stories, scripts, persuasive and analytical pieces, learning to edit them to a high standard.


They also learn to prepare and give speeches, performances and multmedia presentations. Our goal is to develop students who are effective communicators in writing and speaking and who reflect thoughtfully on what they read, view and listen to.

Debating in Year 7

In Years 11-12, we offer the full range of Board of Studies courses to suit students' interests and abilities. English studies is a new course for students not planning to go to university. The standard and advanced courses are for students who are thinking about university entry. Extension 1 and Extension 2 English are for students with a passion and talent for English as a subject. Life skills English is designed for students with particular learning and support needs.