Students in English class     Students in English


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.


The English Faculty

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 SSHS

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 School Certificate and 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.