Set in a stunning coastal location on the Isle of Man, we are a unique school in a very special environment.
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.
Our vibrant, friendly and creative boarding community adds so much to the College environment. There are two boarding houses – Colbourne House for boys and School House for girls.
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 and members of staff and can take advantage of the busy weekly and weekend activity programmes.
The boarding community represents around 25% of the College population, with many of our local pupils choosing to board. This vibrant, friendly and creative community adds so much to the College as a whole. There are two boarding houses – Colbourne House for boys and School House for girls. Opting to board at College, be it flexi, weekly or full time, gives pupils the freedom to become more independent both socially and academically.
It encourages them to organise their time more efficiently and to strike a healthy balance between work and play. They become more tolerant, more confident and more willing to act as part of a group. Our boarders have unrivalled access to College facilities and members of staff and can take advantage of the busy weekly and weekend activity programmes. They also foster friendships which will last a lifetime.
The people are nice here and I like the activities. Having the sea right in front of you is what I like best about Island life. You learn a lot here, especially the English language and it’s nice because you always have someone around.
I chose this school because it is in the island. I like boarding and the activities we do on weekends. I have been quad biking, pottery painting and lots of other things. The Island gives you a safe life; you can meet your classmates everywhere, the small city and the short distance between everything and the sea are my favourite things. I have joined the Combined Cadet Force, it is a really cool activity which is usually interesting. If you are thinking of joining I would say do some activities in school, make a lot of friends, be yourself. There is a friendly atmosphere here.
I chose King William’s College because it is a small school with only a few boarders. I was told it’s like a small family, which I can attest to. I really like it here. I feel really comfortable and if I have a problem I know that I can go to anyone. I like that boarding offers weekend activities and you never get bored and if you do, then you live together with your friends and can always do something together. What I like best about Island life is that you live next to the sea and when you go out you have a very beautiful environment. You feel really comfortable here, like a small family. The lessons and the teachers are awesome, so school life gets never boring.
I joined the school after an interview with the Principal, who was very nice, and a recommendation from a boy from Hamburg, who I knew. I like boarding at King William’s College and that it’s a big community and everyone is nice to each other. I like to play hockey with the Castletown team and the Island team; I joined them outside of College when I arrived, but I also like to hang around with my friends from College. I play Hockey for Castletown and it’s very nice because they train on the school pitch and I play for the Island team and sometimes we’re going overseas and play against teams in the UK. I would recommend boarding at College; it’s a nice community and the rooms are big. You can always leave the school and and do a lot of things by yourself. You feel pretty free and it’s like a home.
I chose to come to King William’s College this year because it is a small school and everything gave a very relaxed and, above all, family impression. It’s very familiar here; everyone treats you well and it’s a friendly atmosphere. I immediately felt comfortable here and everyone is super nice. I really like the big kitchen in House where you can always eat. I really like the island life here. We can always take the bus anywhere; go to Castletown or just take a walk through the beautiful nature. I feel very safe and the people are very friendly. I would definitely recommend KWC, especially if you’re going abroad for the first time, you’re in good hands here. You don’t get the freedom you get here in every boarding school. I feel very comfortable here. Our Housemistress Mrs Parry is just perfect, takes care of everyone, is so kind and always in a good mood.
I decided to come to King William’s College because I only heard positive things about the school and I liked the idea of living on an Island. I really like the atmosphere and the boarding people from the school. My first impression when I arrived was really good; the feeling of a family, being with my friends. It’s quite free here and I really like the towns and villages. I’m involved in school rugby and I’m in a boxing club, which I joined on the Island. I’m also playing rugby for a club outside school. I really like rugby, because it’s something new compared to where I’m from.
The surrounding with the sea is beautiful and I also like the mix of towns and a quiet and lovely countryside. I would really recommend it; everyone is so kind and helpful.”
Head of Boarding
Susie has lived on site in King William’s College village for 10 years with her husband, three children, two dogs, two cats and an overly large duck! She is now in her 11th year in role of Housemistress, School House, and teacher of Design and Technology and Art. Susie is thrilled to be leading the team, and supporting all boarders, now as Head of Boarding also.
Housemaster of Colbourne House
Mr Batchford is the Head of Design Technology at King William’s College and has worked in four schools previously; two large schools in England, one in Guernsey and an all-boys school in Jersey. During his vast experience, Mr Batchford has been Head of Year, Head of House, and Head of PSHE. The combination of experiences from these roles has equipped him with the vast and varied skillset required to be the Housemaster of our vibrant boys’ boarding house.