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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.

What is English?

English is the study of texts, novels, poems, films, advertisements, gestures, plays, multimedia and any other forms of communication between individuals and groups.

As a subject it enables students to use, understand, appreciate, reflect on and enjoy the English language in a variety of texts and to shape meaning in ways that are imaginative, interpretative, critical and powerful in their own writing.

About English at South Sydney High School

The English faculty has highly qualified and experienced teachers who bring commitment and enthusiasm to their teaching.

We offer a wide range of experiences to our students, focusing on the language modes of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing.

Our teaching practice demonstrates the essential elements of the NSW Quality Teaching Framework, with the emphasis on improved student outcomes.

English courses offered at South Sydney High School

We offer the full range of English courses up to and including Extension 2 English for the HSC.

We differentiate the curriculum, offering an extended and accelerated course of studies for our gifted and talented students in the junior classes, as well as support for students experiencing difficulties in literacy.

HSC results

The English faculty consistently achieves good results in the HSC. We are particularly pleased with the value we add to our students' outcomes.

We advocate and model high expectations to ensure a positive learning environment.