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​Intensive English Unit

Sanderson Middle School is recognised by the Council of International Schools as meeting its high standards of excellence in providing an international standard of education. We welcome international students into our school community and provide students a quality and balanced education in a safe and supportive environment. For further information about international student enrolments see below.
Sanderson Middle School Intensive English Unit (MIEU) caters for the learning needs of middle school students who have recently arrived in Australia:
    • for whom English is an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
    • who come from communities where Standard Australian English (SAE) is not widely used


Students enrolled in the Sanderson Middle School MIEU are aged between 11 and 14 years at enrolment and have been assessed as requiring age appropriate intensive English language instruction through targeted EAL/D teaching and through differentiated delivery.


On enrolment in the MIEU, each student’s language development is assessed to enable placement into an English class at an appropriate level – see the EAL/D Learning Progression for further information. Students in the MIEU are grouped in classes according to their English language development and, where possible, their age.


MIEU students are a highly diverse group, including those:

    • born overseas and beginning middle school with minimal or no exposure to English
    • entering middle school with little or no exposure to English, but with schooling equivalent to that received by their chronological peers in English
    • entering middle school with little or no exposure to English, but with little or no previous formal schooling
    • entering middle school with some exposure to English, spoken and/or written

2016 MIEU Booklet.pdf2016 MIEU Booklet.pdf



How to enrol as an international student

International student enrolment is handled through the Department of Education.

Families of students from overseas are asked to contact the International Service Branch:

The Department of Education website has information about fees.


Please contact us if you require any further information about our school and what we offer for international students.