For children due to start senior school in September 2024.
Join us at King William’s College on Tuesday 21st November for a fun, action-packed taster day of practical activities in a range of subject lessons.
This bespoke event is for current Year 6 pupils and is a great opportunity for your child to experience life at King William’s College and discover all our vibrant and friendly community has to offer.
To confirm your child’s attendance please contact email@example.com or 820110.
Our GCSE results are the best in the Isle of Man and in September we’ll have one of the biggest year groups in the history of the College set to study with us, so places are becoming limited.
(I)GCSEs 2023: 57 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 and 20% of grades at 9/8 or A*.
Contact us today to find out why we are the highest achieving school on Island and the financial support we can offer.
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.
We chose King William’s College and The Buchan School because of the enthusiasm and positivity amongst the staff and children. They take a holistic approach and promote kindness and happiness amongst the children as a paramount. The small class sizes and quality of teaching has allowed them to flourish academically and our children have had opportunities to get involved in activities that they simply wouldn’t have had in other schools.
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.
“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 programme is certainly difficult, 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 programme, I will be prepared for university and beyond.”
“Starting Sixth Form at King William’s College far exceeded my expectations 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 out to. 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 accomplished 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 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. 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.
“The weekends here are great; I often go out with friends and enjoy time 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 Lower Sixth (Year 12). 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. 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 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. 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.”
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.