King William’s College was established in 1833.
An Island Education for a Global Future. 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 Joss Buchanan, 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.
In these unprecedented times, when it is not possible to visit our special school and beautiful island, 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 (average of 15 in senior school and 10 in Sixth Form) 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.
Situated between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, in the middle of the Irish Sea, is where you’ll find the Isle of Man. 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.
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 to 10 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.
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. So our aim is to offer an excellent programme of sport, drama and music and a broad range of extra-curricular activities.
“Colebourne House spirit for me is all about family. Just all about everyone coming together. We spend a lot of time together. People here are from loads of different countries and I just think being able to share those cultures, share all these experiences that we have, I think coming together as a big family is just amazing.” –
The boarding experience here is definitely my favourite thing on this whole island and is also the reason I am enjoying my time here. I love all the people here in boarding, they are like my family and I have really gained so many new friends I hope to be in contact with long after my time here at school.
Now I can say that I am happy to have made the decision to come here to this lovely little island.
Deputy Head Academic
“I found warm, welcoming, friendly staff and students who were able to articulate why they are passionate about the KWC community.”
My time in the Sixth Form at King William’s College was great. It is a special environment with people from a variety of backgrounds which is what makes it so exceptional, getting to know many people from different parts of the world and learning about their experiences and their cultures. The sixth form is not only inclusive, but offers a range of experiences which the IB pushes you to do, ToK lessons became my favourite part of the week and CAS has helped me identify new activities that I never thought I would enjoy. King William’s College sixth form is a beneficial and fun experience, I strongly recommend it to any 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.
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.
Of all the time that I spent at King William’s College, the Sixth Form was my highlight. The IB taught me how to manage my time, communicate better with my peers and grow in maturity. I would say that the international environment at College piqued my interest in other cultures.
College is a fantastic place to study and to work. With fewer than 400 pupils, the school is a small, tight-knit community and teachers get to know each student well, even if they don’t teach them. I love my lessons but the most enjoyable part of the job is the chance discussions I have with students which can be about anything from time travel to classic comedy. It really is a lovely place to spend your time – and the food is excellent!