West Wallsend High School

We learn for life

Telephone02 4953 2111



Mrs Jessica Somner (rel.)



“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”

J.K Rowling

Faculty Goals

  • Improved student engagement through excellence in learning
  • Improved teacher practice through excellence in teaching and leading
  • Increased rigour of teaching and learning


Stage 4 and 5

English Stage 4: Y7 & Y8

English Stage 5: Y9 & Y10

Drama Stage 4: Year 8

Drama Stage 5: Year 9 and 10

Stage 6

English Extension 2

English Extension 1

English Advanced

English Standard

English Studies


Staff Members

Mrs Somner (Head Teacher rel. Teacher Librarian, Senior Study Coordinator)

Ms Chambers (2ic and Writing Competition Coordinator)

Ms Holding

Ms Cross

Mrs Grace

Miss Evans (Horizon – English, Short Film Competition Coordinator)

Mr MacDonald 

Ms Hancock

Ms Pellow (Public Speaking and Debating Coordinator}

Mr Baldwin 

Ms Ewans


  • English Faculty Breakfast Club (Years 7-12)  
  • Kickstart (Year 12)
  • Year 10 Extension Taster Program
  • Entry in external public speaking and debating competitions 
  • Entry in external writing competitions
  • Entry in Premier’s Reading Challenge (Years 7-9)
  • Faculty wide regular reading program for all students in Years 7-10
  •  Creative writing workshops with published authors (Year 11 and 12)
  • Picture book writing and illustrating workshops with published authors (Year 9)
  • School based performances: Poetry in Action (Year 7) and Bell Shakespeare (Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet: Year 9 and 10)
  • Opportunities to experience theatre performances for Drama
  • Workshops at NSW State Library for Extension 2 students
  • Opportunities to experience theatre performances of HSC Texts: Waiting for Godot (Extension 1), Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (Standard), The Crucible and The Tempest (Advanced) and Othello (Year 11 Advanced).


  • Several staff with over 15 Year of NESA HSC marking experience (Standard and Advanced)
  • Staff with NESA HSC Judge marking experience
  • Staff leading the state with Stage 6 Programming. Several units written by the faculty for the Department of Education
  • Staff leading Hunter wide English KLA professional learning
  • Ms Holding – finalist in the Education Rising Star of the Year category for the 2021 Australian Education Awards. 

English study is mandatory in NSW from Kindergarten to Year 12.