Lower Fourth (YEAR 7) Taster Day


For children due to start Lower Fourth (Year 7) in September 2023.

We would be delighted to welcome your child to join us and have planning an exciting taster day at King William’s College on Tuesday 29th November. This bespoke event is a great opportunity for your child to experience life at King William’s College and all it has to offer.

Classroom Students


Please see below the schedule for the day:

  • 08:45: Drop off at Westgate
  • 09:00 – 10:00: Year Group Activity
  • 10:10-11:50: Sport, including break and snack
  • 11:50 – 13:10: Drama and Music
  • 13:10 – 13:50: Lunch
  • 1350 – 1410: Festive Live Lounge
  • 14:10 – 15:15: Design and Technology
  • 15:15: Collection from Stenning House

To register your child for this special event or for further information please contact admissions@kwc.im or 820110.

Why choose King William's College?

  • The highest achieving Isle of Man School and one of the most established and successful IB schools in the British Isles.
  • Pupils study IGCSEs in Year 11 and the International Baccalaureate Diploma in the Sixth Form.
  • Sixth Form entry requirement: six IGCSEs grade C or above.
  • An international environment with students from more than 20 different countries.
  • Average class size: 15 (IGCSE) and 10 (IB).
  • Excellent pastoral care in a small, strong community.
  • Chance to try boarding and gain experience of living away from home before going to university.


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:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • French
  • Spanish / Latin
  • History
  • Geography
  • Design and Technology
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Art
  • Music
  • Religious Studies
  • Drama

There are timetabled lessons of Physical Education (PE), Young Enterprise 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

(I)GCSEs (YEAR 9 TO 11)

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:

  • English
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • 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.



(I)GCSEs 2022

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.


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.



Our goal is to nurture in our students a broad range of attributes: natural curiosity, knowledge, critical thinking skills, the ability to express themselves confidently and creatively, integrity, honesty and open-mindedness.

We have a strong pastoral support network running throughout the School. Each student is assigned to a tutor group of approximately 10 to 15 and the tutor is the first port of call for any academic or pastoral issues; they also provide the crucial link between home and school.

Every student is also a member of a House; Colbourne House for the boarders and Dickson and Walters Houses for the day students. The Houses are supported by a Housemaster or Housemistress and a team of House Tutors.

Houses also compete academically for the Kelly Trophy, which is awarded on Founders’ Day.

The House system promotes values of fair play, teamwork, citizenship, mutual responsibility, self-discipline, initiative, perseverance and resilience across all year groups.

There are many different qualities and strengths to be found in our students. These traits echo the IB ethos which strongly influences education and learning throughout the School.

When our students leave King William’s College with their International Baccalaureate Diploma they are flourishing, well-balanced young men and women ready to make a positive impact on society.




Model kindness – Lead by example and show everyone else what being kind looks like.

Encourage kindness – Have an expectation that others will be kind – carry out acts of kindness.

Notice kindness – Recognise and praise others when you notice them being kind.

Stand up for others – Give support to others and let them know they are not alone. Be kind to yourself – Do not expect perfection. Challenge yourself while looking after your wellbeing.


Mind your Head! – Connect with the people around you.

Be active – Go for a walk or run, cycle, play a game, garden or dance.

Take notice – Be observant, look for something beautiful or remark on something unusual.

Keep learning – Give what you can: time, patience, and understanding.

Be kind.


Set yourself goals – Everyone has their own goals. What can you do to challenge yourself?

Be Realistic – Consider having four realistic goals at a time: academic, mental, social and physical.

Be Resilient – What do you do when you face a challenge? What do you do when things do not go to plan?

Be Determined – If at first you do not succeed, try, try again.

Admissions Process

We seek to offer a distinctive education of the highest quality and are able to cater for a broad range of students. With a strong sense of community our students are provided with the tools to help them flourish.

Choosing the right school for your child is a life defining decision. We understand that this experience can be daunting, so our admissions process has been designed to be as simple and transparent as possible.

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