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 and from the Lower Fifth the sciences are 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 10 subjects at (I)GCSE 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 and 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 (U4), 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, 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.
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 IGCSE First Language and the IGCSE 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.
In 2002 King William’s College began teaching the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Since then more than 900 students have studied the Diploma with us and we have become one of the largest and most successful IB schools in the British Isles. We believe that it is an excellent preparation for both university and life beyond and it is the only qualification we offer in the Sixth Form. The entry requirement is six (I)GCSEs grade C or above or equivalent. Our average class size is 10.
The IB Diploma is a balanced programme of education that combines both breadth and depth of study. It places a strong emphasis on critical thinking skills and promotes a sense of international-mindedness. The programme is taught over two years and is recognised by all UK universities and by most leading universities around the world.
Students study six subjects, normally three at higher level (HL) and three at standard level (SL). They choose one subject from each of Groups 1 to 5, which includes languages, the humanities, Science and Mathematics. The sixth subject may be an arts subject chosen from Group 6 or another subject from Groups 1 to 5.
In addition, the programme has three core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding:
THE EXTENDED ESSAY:
A 4,000 word piece of independent research, gives students the opportunity to conduct an in-depth study of a topic of interest to them. It introduces them to academic research and is an invaluable preparation for university.
THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE:
A course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (sense, perception, emotion, language, reason, faith, imagination, intuition, memory) and different kinds of knowledge (for example, scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).
CREATIVITY, ACTIVITY AND SERVICE:
Requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately.
Because there are nine components in all, IB students learn how to organise themselves, think independently and take responsibility for their own learning. These are invaluable skills that will allow the students to go on and succeed at university.
Our 62 GCSE/IGSCE Year 11 students achieved an overall pass rate (9-4 or A*-C) of 91% with 49% of grades at 9-7 or A*/A.
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA 2022
The year group of 46 students achieved an average of 33 points. Seven students achieved 40 or more points out of a maximum of 45, putting them in the top 5% of students worldwide.
UNIVERSITY DESTINATIONS 2022
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 Leaning 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 and 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 2023 course will run from Wednesday 7th to Tuesday 27th June – the Summer Term Boarding Experience provides an opportunity for students aged 13 to 16 to join a fully functioning school.
The course is designed to empower students to taste boarding school life and discover if they would enjoy studying away from home longer 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.
“King William’s College has been a rewarding experience thus far. Throughout the term, I have learnt more about myself and my surroundings. The IB program is certainly difficult, and the course load can get overwhelming at times, but KWC provides adequate support for students to thrive. I have made friends and explored my interests here, and I think that by the end of my academic career at King William’s College and within the IB program, I will be prepared for university and beyond.”
“Starting Sixth Form at King William’s College far exceeded my expectation as I thought that these next two years would merely be an extension of the years I spent in the Fifth Form, but it is much more than that. Through seeing the world through the IB I have realised that I can accomplish far more than I set myself out to be. I feel that I have a grasp on what career I truly want to pursue, and I don’t only have to be committed to one path. By carrying on with subjects, which are often neglected by those who choose A levels, not only do I solidify the skills I have gained from GCSEs, but I am able to improve my weaknesses. This wouldn’t be accomplishable without the support and relationships you build with the teachers and the fellow students at King William’s College. This diversity of students, who each bring their own culture and experiences, allows someone like myself to be able to enhance my skills and understanding from all perspectives as I am improved by the people that surround me.”
“A month ago, I arrived on the Isle of Man. Initially, I was uncertain about fitting in and making a good impression of myself to others. To the say the least, the move was quite daunting, but looking back on it now, it has been one of the best decisions I have made.
In the first few weeks I had to adjust to the new school system and I noticed for myself how important sleeping is. The days are exceptionally long, and it can be very tiring, particularly for someone who likes to do things outside of school, and Mondays and Tuesdays especially! The IB is very different to the German school system, it’s at the same time very special and great, there are different teaching and learning methods than I have learnt before.
The weekends here are great; I often go out with friends and enjoy it in Douglas. A special memory I have made here is the trip to Liverpool on the ferry with other boarders. There I could see how different the life can be in the UK to the Isle of Man.
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.”
The first thing that comes to my mind is that my life has changed. Not everything is as I expected, but I have to admit that I like it all the more because of that. One example is that I have started playing rugby. Although I could never have imagined such a thing before. Now let’s move on to the academic side, I’m in Grade 12 or Lower Sixth, which is the year before last. Although I only have six subjects left, it’s comparatively demanding, but I have to say that with smaller classes and very helpful teachers, I’m able to keep up well. Another thing is that because there are so few subjects, you can pick and choose the ones that interest you the most. Lastly, I’d like to talk about my life outside of school and sport. In my opinion, the food is very good. I’m lucky enough to have a double room to myself, which gives me a lot of storage space. If I need to get some fresh air, I can either take a walk along the waterfront or walk 20 minutes to the nearest small town. For bigger errands, I can take the bus to Douglas, which stops right in front of the school. There are so many more things I could tell you about, like our trip to Liverpool and all the other great activities. But there is one thing I would like to say. It’s the most valuable piece of advice I’ve received so far and that is to try as much as you can no matter how crazy it seems.
“In the autumn 2021, I went to the Isle of Man to visit King William’s College. At this time, I wasn’t sure if I should dare to have this experience after visiting the school. Alone, far away from home, a different country and a different culture. But now, after four weeks, I know it was the right decision. I was very well received at the boarding house and immediately met new, nice people. There is no difference at school either. The lessons were a total surprise to me. The classes consist of a small number of students, which is why the teachers can organise their lessons better and focus more on the students. What surprised me a lot was the food. Normally I thought, at least that is how it was for me, that the food does not taste particularly good. However, it is the opposite. There is not only one dish. There is always a selection of dishes, in case you do not like one of them. I also notice that King William’s College tries to ensure that boarders get along well with each other and get to know each other. Every Wednesday after Prep Time, a game is played with everyone for 30 minutes, which has always been fun so far. On Thursdays we have hot chocolate, either in the girls’ house or in the boys’ house, which also gives you a chance to get to know each other better”