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Prairiewood High School

Prairiewood High School

Per Ardua - Through Striving

Telephone02 9725 5444


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

The Prairiewood High School English faculty is committed to a teaching and learning program in Years 7-12 which is responsive to the needs of students in a partially selective environment. Students learn about the English language through written, spoken and visual texts of increasing complexity as they progress through their schooling.

An understanding of the English language is central to how we communicate and essential for intellectual, social and emotional development. We are passionate about the empowering potential of literature, both past and contemporary. Through effective organisation, clear communication and quality teaching the English Faculty is intent on: 

  • teaching/learning programs which are responsive to the needs of our diverse student community and also meet the requirements of the syllabus;
  • raising student expectations; and
  • fostering more opportunities for students to demonstrate excellence.

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 Stage 5 we offer a Project Based Learning course which develops skills in critical thinking and independent research.

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

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


English is the only compulsory subject in Years 7 to 12. In addition to the core curriculum, the English faculty offers many extracurricular activities. These include, debating and public speaking and partnerships with external providers to extend students' engagement in English.