Buchan Life


We endeavour to provide a broad range of opportunities for all our pupils, not only within the classroom, but also by taking full advantage of the 13.5 acres of partially wooded grounds in the heart of which our school buildings are set.


Pastoral care at the Buchan is linked with teaching and learning and is rooted in all areas of school life. We believe in promoting students’ personal and social development and fostering positive attitudes. This is achieved through the quality of teaching and learning and through the relationships amongst students, teachers and adults.

Our small class sizes and Form Tutor system enables staff to monitor students’ overall progress (academic, personal and social). Pastoral support systems are in place to ensure the wellbeing of all students. Each child is valued and as a school we support all pupils and staff.


The House system encourages leadership, responsibility, involvement, loyalty, cooperation and good discipline amongst all students. They become members of a House when they reach Prep and are expected to do their best for it in their work in lessons and in their commitment to extracurricular activities. At the Buchan we are very proud of all of the children and look to celebrate their achievements throughout each term.

One way that we do this is through the House Points system and children can be awarded any number of House Points for completing an excellent piece of work;for spontaneous acts of kindness; for meeting a personal target and each week we aim to highlight those children who have earned a notable number of House Points by inviting them to stand up in Friday assembly to be applauded by the rest of the School.

We also award a range of certificates from Bronze to Platinum to highlight those children who have reached certain milestones in a term. Each House is led by House Tutors and individual House lunches are held so that the children can bond with pupils in other year groups. The four Houses commemorate famous Viking rulers of the Island; Godred, Lagman, Magnus and Olaf.


Children eat a healthy and homemade lunch in The Buchan School dining hall each day. There are a variety of hot and cold options to choose from. We cater for all dietary requirements, allergies and intolerances.



At The Buchan School we understand how important pre and post school care is to many parents and we provide full wraparound care from 8am to 5.30pm.

Our Breakfast Club runs from 8am to 8.30am for parents who need to drop off their children early.

The After-school Club provides care for those Buchan pupils whose parents are unable to collect them at the end of the formal school day. The children are given a light snack and can then play, read or enjoy the outside, if the weather permits. There are various pick-up times at the end of the school day with the club starting at 3.30pm and finishing at 5.30pm.


The Buchan School hosts an exciting Buchaneer Holiday Club during the school holidays for children aged 4 to 11 years old. It is organised by trained and qualified staff and provides a high-quality and adventurous programme for Buchan students.

Based at the school, the Club takes advantage of our superb facilities within the 13.5 acres of our private grounds. We offer a range of activities both on and off site. Our action-packed days include various art and craft activities, visits to Manx heritage centres and trips to exciting places in the Isle of Man.


King William’s College and The Buchan School runs two coach services to and from Castletown each day, one down the east coast, starting at Laxey which runs through Douglas, and the other down the west coast, starting at Ramsey which runs through Kirk Michael and Foxdale. In addition to the coach service we also provide a mini bus service which runs from Peel through Glen Vine via the College to The Buchan School.

For Buchan students only, we also provide two dedicated daily mini bus services which run from Onchan and Cycle 360 to The Buchan School.

Unless advised otherwise mini buses will only stop at the designated points on the schedule.

The service runs during term time from Monday to Friday, excluding TT fortnight.

Further details are available from coaches@kwc.im or +44 (0) 1624 820424.


The place where it is possible to find a space in the midst of the business of day-to-day school life, to bring our hopes, joys, fears and sorrows, and reflect. The Chapel is the only place on site that is large enough to accommodate the whole of King William’s College with Chapel assemblies taking place twice a week and a full service on a Friday afternoon.

For the whole school significant dates and seasons are marked by services in St Thomas’ Chapel, including a welcome for new pupils early in the academic year, honouring the fallen at the war memorial and with the reading of the role of honour, carol services for the school and wider community and an Ascension Service for The Buchan School.

There is a wealth of contributors to Chapel during the year – readers, intercessors, choristers and preachers, each bringing their unique qualities and gifts to join those of our Christian forebears in this place.


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