English study is mandatory in NSW from Kindergarten to Year 12.
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.
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 as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
English Extension 1
English Extension 2
The English faculty consists of 14 outstanding teachers who provide excellent teaching and learning opportunities consistently for the 1500 students enrolled at this school. Our focus is on engaging our students in relevant and rigorous teaching and learning, in a supportive, positive learning environment. We provide a differentiated curriculum focused on developing problem solving, critical thinkers.
Effective teaching and learning depend on teachers providing a variety of engaging experiences that address the broad range of learning styles and needs for all students in all year groups. By utilising innovative technology and engaging with a broad range of teaching tools, the English teachers at BPHS offer students outstanding learning opportunities.
English Years 7-10
English as a second language (ESL)
English extension 1
English extension 2
Faculty extra-curricular and extension
Premier’s Debating Challenge (supported by debate coaching run by senior debating students).
UNSW English Competition
Whitlam Institute's What Matters writing competition.
Sydney Writers Festival Student Day (open to GAT English students).