Academics

Introduction by the Vice Principal,
Mr J. Buchanan

Academic excellence lies at the heart of King William’s College. A highly qualified and enthusiastic staff combined with small set sizes (usually less than 20 even in the junior years) ensures that all pupils are inspired and given the individual support they need to achieve success.

In the Fourth Form and Lower Fifth (Years 7-9) we broadly follow the requirements of the National Curriculum, except we encourage all pupils to study two modern languages and from the Lower Fifth (L5), 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 ten subjects at GCSE or IGCSE 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 90% 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 including Oxbridge.