Specialist programs


Intensive English School (IES)

Woodridge State High School is an Intensive English School (IES) catering for up to 400 students at a time who come from English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) backgrounds. Over 70% of these students come from Refugee backgrounds and for many this is the first time they have had the opportunity to participate in a school and learn English. We also have a large group of Mature Age Students (MAS) most of whom are aged between 18 and 25 years.

The Intensive English School (IES) aims to:

  • Ensure language learning is the core business of all IES classes.
  • Provide a strong Junior Secondary program that engages Junior students in a rich language learning environment, preparing them for Senior courses of study.
  • Provide adult style teaching and learning spaces for Mature Age Students.
  • Provide transitional support through meaningful, case managed, personalised pathways that meet the individual needs of students and enable successful transition into further study, training or work.
  • Ensure students have access to effective, collaborative partnerships that maximise post-school options and pathways for all Senior and Mature Age Students.

IES Junior school

Junior IES students will study English language learning through subjects aligned to the Australian Curriculum. Subjects studied include: English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Health and Physical Education, Information Technology, The Arts, Industrial Design and Technology and Home Economics.

Students will be enrolled in age appropriate year levels and will have the opportunity to transition into EAL and mainstream classes after one year if on arrival they are below a Band scale 3 in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students above a Band scale 3 will have the opportunity to move straight into an EAL class. Students who transition into Year 10 mainstream will have the opportunity to engage with Personalised Pathways in Years 11 and 12.

IES Senior school

Students entering Woodridge High School IES at Year 10 will have the opportunity to prepare for Year 11 and 12 across a 2 year period. Students will need to achieve at least a Band scale 3 by the end of Semester 1 in their second year of study in IES. Students moving into Senior Personalised Pathways will also need to refer to the 2020 Senior Subjects Handbook for specific QCE and course information. Students are offered a maximum of four years of education to enable them to successfully complete Year 12 with a QCE.

Students who do not achieve a Band scale 3 by the end of Semester 1 in their second year of study will be supported during Semester 2 to transition to other language service providers, further study or work.

Last reviewed 19 August 2019
Last updated 19 August 2019