The study of English is mandatory in NSW schools from Kindergarten to Year 12. It is the only mandatory subject in Years 11 and 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 of analysis and understanding 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 fosters a love of literature and learning. It can be both challenging and enjoyable. Students develop skills to experiment with ideas and expression. It also enables them to become active, independent and lifelong learners, to work with each other and to reflect on their learning.
In Years 11 and 12, the study of English is mandatory. Students at Sydney Girls High study English Advanced and English Extension in Year 11. In Year 12 students have the option to study either Extension 1 or Extension 1 and 2 in addition to the English 2 unit Advanced course.