Mary Brooksbank School

Independence and Acceptance

Telephone02 4628 4555


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.

The staff, students, families and therapists at Mary Brooksbank School (MBS) value literacy and communication for all students. We work together to prioritise teaching in these areas for every student, every day. The staff and allied health clinicians at MBS share a wealth of knowledge about quality literacy instruction for students with complex communication and learning needs.

We use a range of assessment strategies to determine student's current level of skills and to prioritise areas for learning. Staff take an individualised approach to literacy and communication instruction, which includes identifying both outcomes and content from the syllabus and individualised learning goals for students. Students access the curriculum through differentiation, the application of the principles of Universal Design for Learning and the implementation of a range of quality, evidence-based practices.

Every day our students are engaged in practising their phonological awareness skills, listening and communicating about a variety of texts through shared-reading, self-selected reading lessons and guided-reading lessons. Students are also engaged in writing for a variety of personally relevant purposes.

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.