Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School

Day and boarding school for boys since 1939

Telephone02 6764 8600



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.

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.

English faculty

The faculty mission statement: Aim to make English an engaging, stimulating and enjoyable subject for all the boys who attend Farrer.

To support this aim, we are creating quality learning environments supplied with a varied, relevant range of resources designed to challenge and interest our students.

This aim encompasses a specific focus on significantly improving literacy outcomes across ability groups using a variety of resources and literacy programs. We will work closely with the other faculties and the Literacy Committee in order to achieve this.

In concert with the Library, the English faculty has increased the focus on visual literacy, with the idea of using picture books and graphic novels as a ‘literacy bridge’ , to encourage the boys to read for pleasure, enjoyment and education, a stepping stone to lengthier works. As a part of this initiative we have invested heavily in a comprehensive collection of graphic novels!

Gifted and Talented students are another priority, with respect to programming, purchasing and lesson implementation across each year group. We aim to improve the results of our top students, with the objective of achieving a higher proportion of HSC Band 5 and 6 results in the future.

Most importantly, English is a portal to the world of ideas, and it our ambition to make this world accessible to every Farrer student.