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Intensive English Language Program

At Hampstead, we understand that moving to a new country and learning a new language is a really challenging and difficult time for you and your child. That's why our staff works hard to make sure that your child feels happy, valued and motivated to learn here at Hampstead. We also value the multicultural and global nature of our school and actively work to promote harmony and collaboration.

Here at Hampstead Primary School, we have an Intensive English Language Program that supports additional language acquisition to enable our young migrants to settle into Australian life successfully and non-English speakers, including indigenous students, to acquire language quickly and in a focused way. Students are taught all the subjects in the Australian curriculum with a special focus on the English language and how it works in their own classes within the school.

The Aim

The aim of this program is to ensure that our students learn sufficient English to access the learning in a mainstream classroom.

All the classes are taught by specially trained English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) teachers who have experience in teaching students with varying knowledge of English, including students who understand NO English. They use special teaching strategies that support the learning of both the English language and the different concepts taught in Mathematics, Science, Physical Education and Health, Child Protection, Humanities and Social Sciences (History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship and Economics and Business) and Arts (Visual, Media, Music and Drama).

IELP classes are limited to a maximum of 15 students per class.


Visa: All permanent and most temporary visa holders are eligible for the program. Please refer to the Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) website for eligible visas.


Please ensure that you live in the following suburbs to enrol at Hampstead IELP: Broadview, Clearview (South of Browning Street), Collinswood, Enfield (South of Clarice Avenue and Branson Avenue), Greenacres, Hampstead Gardens, Hillcrest, Klemzig, Manningham, Nailsworth, Northfield (South of Grand Junction Road), Northgate, Oakden, Prospect (North of Regency Road), Sefton Park, Windsor Gardens (West of Sudholz Road), Vale Park. 

If you live in another suburb, please refer to the DECD website to see which IEL Centre you are zoned.

Arrival into Australia

Your child is eligible for the program if it is within 12 months of your arrival into Australia. If your child is 5 or 6 years of age, you are eligible for the program if it is within 18 months of your arrival.

Time in the Program

Most students will spend approximately 12 months in the program, around one academic year. Students can enter the program on any day after their arrival and will finish the program after 12 months of entry. They will then enter a mainstream class. Near the end of their learning in the program we will arrange for you to visit and enrol your child at the school of your choice.


Currently, there is a free bus service provided to and from school for some students. This is only if your child is under 10 years of age and lives further than 1.75km from our school.

Please feel free to visit, telephone or email us here at Hampstead PS and we would love to help you with your enquiries. Please also refer to the translated information on the brochures on the Department for Education website.