With a focussed and lively programme and dedicated teachers, The Sancta Maria College English Department inspires students in the study of literature, language, reading, speaking and writing. A range of different courses is offered to suit students of all ability levels.

Year 7 to 10 students sit a general English programme that covers: the plot, character, setting and style of a range of literature and film studies, language (parts of speech, figures of speech, sound devices, punctuation and spelling), reading (Sustained Silent reading and comprehension), oral skills (speeches, presentations and discussion) and visual skills (static images and film techniques). Thisd course is designed to prepare students for NCEA.

A dual pathway is offered to students from Years 11 to 13 in which students can opt for English or Applied English NZQA qualifications (NCEA Levels 1-3). English is compulsory up to and including Year 12.