King William’s College was established in 1833.
We are delighted you are considering joining King William’s College! 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.
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.
We hope you will visit our school and we would be delighted to arrange a bespoke tour and for you to meet our Principal, staff and students. If a visit is not possible we can arrange for you to meet our Principal and boarding community online.
“I will never forget the school that was well worth travelling 5,000 miles for.”
We aim to make our admissions process, from initial enquiry through to the first day of school, as simple, transparent and exciting as possible.
We are sure you will have many questions and hopefully this page goes some way to answer them. You will also find further information on our website including, news, events and term dates.
If we can assist further, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We look forward to welcoming you to our school.
Best wishes from us all,
Kara Clague | Head of External Relations
Marion Taggart | Admissions Registrar
Rebecca Brian | Admissions Registrar
Sophie Rudge | Marketing Assistant
THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
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 Fifth Form is divided into three years: the Lower Fifth (Year 9), Middle Fifth (Year 10) and Upper Fifth (Year 11). 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 English, English Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 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. 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.
The largest year group in King William’s College’s history of 73 Upper Fifth (Year 11) students achieved an outstanding overall pass rate (A*-C or 9-4) of 91%, with 47% of grades at A*/A or 9-7.
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA
The year group of 46 students achieved an average of 34.1 points. To put that into context it is similar to an offer from a university such as Edinburgh. Seven students achieved 40 or more points out of a maximum of 45, putting them in the top 5% of students worldwide.
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.
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.
King William’s College was established in 1833.
The highest achieving Isle of Man school, outperforming many leading UK independent schools.
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.
Approximately 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.
Failt Erriu meaning ‘Welcome’ in Manx Gaelic. 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, natural landscape and an abundance of unspoilt beauty. The Island, which is 32 miles by 14 miles and is home to about 84,000 people, has recently been voted the safest place to live in the British Isles.
The Isle of Man has great air links with many major airports in the UK and Ireland, including Heathrow, Gatwick and London City. Most airlines operate daily flights to the Island, with some flights from the North West taking just under 30 minutes. Once you have arrived on the Island, King William’s College is just a two-minute taxi ride or a 10 minute walk from the airport. You can also access the Island via ferry or fastcraft crossing all operated by The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. Please check the Steam Packet’s website for timetables, fares and ways to book.
As of 1st April 2022, there are no isolation or testing requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers.