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Intensive English centre

Holroyd High School's Intensive English Centre (IEC) provides English language courses for newly arrived English as a second language (ESL) students in preparation for further study in a mainstream high school. Students learn English through the wide variety of subjects they will encounter when they exit to high school.

Presently, the languages the centre can offer assistance with, through staff support, include: Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Indonesian, Thai, Burmese, Kurdish, Farsi, Dari, Vietnamese, Krio, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Turkish and Polish.


7 Cumberland Road
Greystanes NSW 2145

Holroyd High School is located in the western suburbs of Sydney near Parramatta. The closest train station is Merrylands. School buses depart Parramatta station and Merrylands station from approximately 8am each morning. Public bus routes 809, 802, 803, 804 and 806 from these stations also service the school. 


Students are eligible to enrol if:

  • they are between the ages of 11-and-a-half or 18-and-a-half
  • they have not completed high school in their country of origin
  • their first language is not English and they require ESL support
  • they are permanent residents, international fee paying students or have an appropriate temporary visa (fees may be payable). For further information regarding visas and fees, please contact the centre on 02 9896 1172.
  • they have been in Australia less than 6 months and have not attended any other English course
  • they live in the drawing area for Holroyd High School's IEC.

How to enrol

Once the student has arrived in Australia, telephone the centre on 02 9896 1172 to make an enrolment appointment.

Enrolment interviews are held every Thursday during the academic year. A parent or guardian must accompany the student to the interview to sign all necessary documentation.

When making the appointment, the centre will require the following information: the student's name, address, date of birth, date of arrival in Australia, language spoken, visa subclass and an indication of the level of English spoken.

New students then start classes on the Monday following the enrolment interview.