In the Fourth Form and Lower Fifth (Years 7 to 9), King William’s College broadly follows the requirements of the National Curriculum, except we encourage all pupils to study two modern languages. From the Lower Fifth, the sciences are also taught as three separate subjects.
Progress is monitored through regular assessments and internal exams are held twice a year. Most pupils go on to take ten subjects at (I)GCSE level, and in addition to the core subjects, there is a wide range of options. This provides a strong foundation for the Sixth Form where all students study the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Exam results are consistently high and far above the national average. Over 95% of our students proceed to Higher Education each year, both in the UK and abroad, and students regularly gain places at the very best universities.
Fourth Form at King William’s College represents Year 7 (Lower Fourth) and Year 8 (Upper Fourth). Each class has a form tutor who is always on hand to look after the students’ interests. There are usually eight tutor groups which combine Lower and Upper Fourth students. The form tutors closely monitor the students in their care, reviewing academic progress and pastoral matters, reporting back to the Head of Year on a daily basis. The Fourth Form study the core subjects of:
There are timetabled lessons of Physical Education (PE), Young Enterprise, Drama and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE). In Upper Fourth, Adventure Training is introduced for two lessons a week in preparation for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Combined Cadet Force (CCF) activities.
At King William’s College, the Fifth Form is divided into three years: the Lower Fifth (Year 9), Middle Fifth (Year 10) and Upper Fifth (Year 11). They are accommodated in the Raglan Fifth Form Centre in the very heart of the School and each year group has its own separate area. Each fifth former is assigned a tutor and the tutor stays with them for the whole of their time in the Fifth Form. The tutor plays a key role in the life of the pupil; they will meet with their tutees several times a week and they are the main point of contact for parents. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum in the Fifth Form and most pupils study a total of 10 or 11 subjects to (I)GCSE level. All pupils take the subjects of:
In the Lower Fifth, pupils are taught separate Sciences and they can opt to either continue this or do Double Award Science. All pupils study Religious Studies in Lower Fifth, leading to the GCSE qualification at the end of Middle Fifth. Pupils will then choose one foreign language of ESOL, French, Spanish or Latin, and three additional subjects. The option blocks for these additional subjects will be determined following discussions at the Parents’ Evening in March and in subsequent consultations with the pupils. Depending on the students’ interests, these blocks will be made up of the following subjects: Art, Business Studies, Computer Science, Design & Technology, Drama, French/Spanish/Latin (second language), Geography, History, Music, PE and Photography.
The aim of our Pre-IB programme is to provide our international students with the language skills and academic foundations to make a success of the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Pupils successfully completing the year will automatically be offered a place to study the IB in our Sixth Form.
Pre-IB pupils will become members of the Fifth Form and will join the Upper Fifth tutor groups to help aid integration.
The Head of Overseas Pupils has responsibility for the Pre-IB programme and will oversee the choice of subjects, monitor academic progress and provide appropriate language support.
All Pre-IB students join existing (I)GCSE classes and study the (I)GCSE First Language and the (I)GCSE First Language English courses, which are specifically designed for them.
The (I)GCSE course is a two-year course which Pre-IB students join in its second year.
In addition to English and their native language, Pre-IB students join the Mathematics and Science classes. The Sciences are taught separately (Biology, Chemistry and Physics); due to the specific linguistic challenges of these courses we would expect the Pre-IB students to take only one or two Sciences. Pupils then choose three additional subjects from a wide choice of options.
At King William’s College Sixth Form, we provide an unmissable Sixth Form experience, bespoke to each and every pupil. Our three distinct academic pathways are tailored to students’ individual needs and ambitions as they start to look to life beyond senior school.
Our 59 GCSE/IGSCE Year 11 students achieved an overall pass rate (9-4 or A*-C) of 87%, with 37% of grades at 9-7 or A*/A.
Figures released by the Isle of Man Department of Education, Sport and Culture (DESC) for (I)GCSEs in 2023 are 72% at A*-C and 21% A* to A.
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA
The year group of 57 students achieved an average of 32 points. One student achieved the maximum of 45 points and nine students achieved 40 or more points out of a maximum of 45, putting them in the top 10% of students worldwide.
Learning Support at King William’s College aims to provide each pupil with an inclusive education, enabling the individual to feel that they have a valuable part to play within the academic, sporting, social and cultural environment of the school.
Early identification of pupils’ needs is vital and starts before transition to King William’s College through close liaison with the student’s primary school. Parents of children relocating to the Island or joining College from further afield are requested to state the nature of any difficulty on enquiry to ensure that College is able to put effective support in place.
The type of support offered is designed to suit pupil needs and may be given in a withdrawal setting, either individually or in a small group, in a lunchtime ‘booster’ class or, when possible, with in-class support taking place.
Teaching is aimed at improving areas of weakness, enabling pupils to cope with academic demands and maintaining their highest standard throughout all subject areas, so that the individual achieves their potential.
The school’s Learning Support Department is well-resourced with a variety of effective structured programmes of work and materials to develop skills and thereby enhance the self esteem of the individual through the progress they make and the encouragement offered.
An education begins in the classroom, but does not end there. There is another dimension to a rounded education: the opportunities outside the classroom. Learning how to lead, how to contribute and how to build – we offer a vast array of opportunity to try new challenges to enrich the academic experience of all our students.
The King William’s College Summer Term Boarding Experience is a unique course which is held during the summer term. For three weeks in June, the Summer Term Boarding Experience provides an opportunity for students aged 13 to 16 to join a fully functioning school. The 2024 dates are June 4 to 26.
The course is designed to empower students to taste boarding school life and discover if they would enjoy studying away from home long term. It offers intensive English tuition, with a range of other academic subjects, and total immersion into the School community. It is complemented by a full leisure programme of sports, activities and excursions.
EACH STUDENT WILL HAVE APPROXIMATELY 35 HOURS ENGLISH TUITION OVER THE COURSE, WHICH WILL AIM TO:
1. Improve spoken and written English.
2. Develop vocabulary.
3. Enhance listening and pronunciation.
4. Build confidence and fluency.
In the first week, students will attend English lessons in the mornings, followed by activities in the afternoon. In the second and third week, the students will be integrated into regular subject lessons with our current students, according to their age and ability.
Our Boarding Summer Term Experience is suitable for students who are preparing for IGCSEs, A levels or the IB Diploma, are thinking of entering a British boarding school, or looking for an interesting and rewarding holiday, whilst improving their English.
Places are limited.
“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.”
“I have been at KWC since the start of Lower Fourth (Year 7) and I have loved my experience! Great relationships with supportive teachers and a vibrant and diverse community allow me to learn lots every day. School encourages engagement in lots of different activities. This allows us to discover our talents, whilst developing our skills and abilities in our favoured activities. I am grateful for all the opportunities school has provided me with and the environment that has allowed me to make lifelong friendships!”
“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.”
“Studying in Sixth Form here is very enjoyable for me as I can choose to study what interests me – I like Biology, Theatre and Dance. Our days are busy, but you quickly get used to it and we are provided with many interesting opportunities. I really like life as a boarder here at . The boarding staff are compassionate and make the boarding house feel like a home away from home. The food is also very nice, there is something for everybody. The boarding staff and prefects always organising lots of fun activities for us, so we are never bored!”
“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.”
“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!”
“Our strong community here at the College provides many opportunities for growth. The supportive staff and environment nurture your development. Having joined College in Middle Fifth, I felt very supported, which has been invaluable. College is a truly special place. My interests are Music and Sport and there are many opportunities to get involved in both here at , including international sports tours and regular musical performances. I am enjoying studying for the IB Diploma, we have many knowledgeable subject teachers and opportunities for wider learning, plus it prepares us for university and our future careers!”
“I love being at because I am surrounded by kind, caring people. I especially enjoy the sporting activities and the creativity of Design and Technology classes. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else other than our school’s safe community.”