King William’s College was established in 1833.
Opened in 1833, King William’s College is set in a stunning coastal location on the Isle of Man. It is a unique school in a very special environment. This independent boarding and day school for girls and boys aged 11 to 18 is one of the best and most established International Baccalaureate schools in the British Isles. It is vibrant, friendly and fun, and whether you are from the Island or from far afield, you will bond with this special place.
We have a proud history going back nearly 200 years, but what we value above all is being a strong, friendly community.
Mr Damian Henderson, Principal
With 37.1 acres of inspiring space; 19th Century architecture, five rugby pitches, four football pitches, three cricket pitches, floodlit astroturf, sports hall, swimming pool, landscaped gardens, two boarding houses and a chapel large enough to accommodate the whole school, King William’s College is truly a special place.
When it is not possible to visit our special school and beautiful island, you can enjoy a virtual tour of our school.
King William’s College is located in the ancient capital of Castletown and just a two-minute taxi ride, or ten-minute walk, from the airport. The Isle of Man has great air links with many major airports in the UK and Ireland, with most airlines operating daily flights.
Academic excellence lies at the heart of King William’s College. A highly qualified and enthusiastic staff, combined with small set sizes, ensures that all pupils are inspired and given the individual support they need to achieve success.
King William’s College provides excellent teaching and friendly boarding in a beautiful and safe environment. All pupils develop a love of learning, fulfil their academic potential and become confident, articulate and responsible young people, who will serve with creativity, insight and tolerance in the international communities in which they find themselves as adults.
As one of the best and most established International Baccalaureate schools in the British Isles, what we value above all is being a strong, friendly community. With a mix of local and international boarders, pupils are given the freedom to become more independent both socially and academically. Fostering friendships which will last a lifetime, our borders have unrivalled access to College facilities, members of staff and can take advantage of the busy weekly and weekend activity programmes.
Situated between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales is where you’ll find the Isle of Man, in the middle of the Irish Sea. It is a self-governing British Crown dependency with a beautiful rugged coastline, medieval castles and natural landscape, which rises to a mountainous centre. The Island is 32 miles by 14 miles and is home to about 84,000 people.
As the only independent school on the Isle of Man, we provide parents with choice and we seek to offer an education that is distinctive and of the highest quality. We cater for a broad ability range and through our bursary scheme, we provide financial support to families who could not otherwise afford independent education. Our aims can be stated as follows:
A SENSE OF COMMUNITY
We aim to create bonds of friendship and mutual support which will last a lifetime. Our pupils should play an active role in the school community and the world beyond.
We aim to offer an education with academic rigour at its heart. This also informs our approach to the curriculum, in particular our endorsement of the values and internationalism of the International Baccalaureate, which underpins the education we provide throughout the school.
FOCUS ON THE INDIVIDUAL
We aim to support and stretch the individual. To achieve this aim, we need to provide teaching and learning of the highest quality together with appropriate support structures and an extensive enrichment programme.
We aim to provide an education which offers a wide range of opportunity outside the classroom. Our aim is to offer an excellent programme of sport, drama and music and a broad range of extracurricular activities.
King William’s College was established in 1833.
The highest achieving Isle of Man school, outperforming many leading UK independent schools.
Wide range of enrichment and extracurricular activities.
Our average class size is 15, reducing in the Sixth Form. Pupil-teacher ratio of 1:8.
The Isle of Man is a beautiful, healthy and safe location, where young people will flourish.
Approximatley 14% of our students are international, representing over 20 nationalities. We support our non-English speakers with qualified English as an Additional Language (EAL) Staff.
“My favourite thing about King William’s College is the diversity, not only within the community, but also within the curriculum and extracurricular opportunities. I particularly enjoying participating in the One World Charity Challenge and the Share Race. I thoroughly enjoy Sixth Form here, not only due to the varied and challenging IB course, but also the Sixth Form life in general – the independence we gain, the responsibilities and the relationships we build with staff and other students. I am an occasional boarder and every time I have boarded, I have thoroughly enjoyed it thanks to the feeling of a family community and positive atmosphere within the boarding house.”
Deputy Head Academic
“I found warm, welcoming, friendly staff and students who were able to articulate why they are passionate about the KWC community.”
“King William’s College provides students with unique opportunities to broaden their capabilities and skills. My main passion has always been rugby, so I never expected to be in House Drama productions and performing on stage! Despite being reluctant at first, the supportive environment at has helped me to become a more well-rounded student.”
“I love my job and the people I serve. Each one a unique creation with mental, physical, spiritual, emotional, as well as educational and wellbeing needs. The privilege of being the Chaplain at King William’s College and The Buchan School is that it is to the whole community and not just those who attend the services. Much of the ‘Call to Pastor’ is modelled on the Good Shepherd who cares for each sheep. As Chaplain this is about presence, being eyes and ears to their story, and responding to the needs of individuals.”
“At King William’s College, I’ve discovered more than just an educational institution; it’s a place where my passion for Music has truly blossomed. The school’s robust music programme has provided me with the perfect platform to develop as a musician. Furthermore, my experience with occasional boarding has been exceptional. Through this unique opportunity, I not only enjoyed a wealth of activities during the weekends and after-school, but I have also forged enduring friendships. King William’s College transcends the traditional notion of a boarding school; it’s a nurturing community that fosters growth, encourages the pursuit of passions, and creates indelible memories.”
“As an OKW, I was delighted to return to College as a Geography teacher in 2012. From my teenage years, I remembered the friendly environment around College and was keen to return to the school in a different role. I was pleased to see the strong sense of community had not changed. What I enjoy the most about teaching at KWC are the relationships I am able to develop with my students and colleagues. Having smaller class sizes means I am able to get to know each student as an individual and have a greater holistic understanding of their abilities, needs and personal interests.”
“I moved to the Isle of Man from South Africa and King William’s College has been very welcoming and kind. One thing I really love about the College is the sports, specifically rugby – it is awesome! After-school sports are a great opportunity to make new friends who you can have fun with. The food here is also amazing and delicious!”