The boarding community represents around 30% of the College population. This vibrant, friendly and creative community adds so much to the College as a whole. There are two boarding houses – Colbourne House for boys and School House for girls.
Opting to board at College, be it flexi, weekly or full time, gives pupils the freedom to become more independent both socially and academically. It encourages them to organise their time more efficiently and to strike a healthy balance between work and play. They become more tolerant, more confident and more willing to act as part of a group. They have unrivalled access to College facilities and members of staff. They can take advantage of the busy weekly and weekend activity programmes. They also foster friendships which will last a lifetime.
Calf of Man Cruise - A chance to see the island from the sea aboard the Balmoral.
Shopping Trip & Meal - An afternoon enjoying some retail therapy then a slap-up meal at the Waterfall Inn in Glen Maye.
Curraghs Wildlife Park - Penguins, alpacas, otters, coypu and much, much more.
Magical Mystery Tour - All aboard for a chance to see various parts of the island.
Venture Centre - Opportunity to take part in various exciting and challenging activities such as archery, kayaking, and abseiling, in the remote and beautiful surroundings of Maughold.
Weekend en famille - Boarders will be hosted by local families keen to show them Manx hospitality.
Karting - The Karting Trophy is up for grabs once again at the Duke Karting circuit on Jurby Airfield. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines ...
Tynwald/Peel - More retail therapy before sampling Davison's ice-cream on the beach.
Bonfire Night - Wrap up warm and don't forget your sparklers.
Paint balling - Have you got the speed and cunning to outfox the staff?
Pancakes in Peel - The ideal antidote to cold wet weather and a mountain of schoolwork.
Can't Cook, Won't Cook - Boys & girls can display their culinary creativity (& eat the results!).
Charity Weekend & Black Tie Dinner - Boarders will be organising various activities both in and out of College to raise money for the nominated house charities, which culminates in a formal dinner in the Barrovian.
Cultural Weekend Away - Opportunity to spend the weekend in London sampling various cultural experiences. Museums, art galleries, historical sights.
Carol Singing - The residents of Castletown and Derbyhaven will be serenaded by the boarders.
Christmas Shopping - A last chance to buy that special gift for mum and dad (or teacher).
Q Does my child need a Guardian?
A Parents who live outside the EC need to arrange for a guardian resident in the British Isles for their child. The guardian must have full authority to act for the parents if necessary.
Q What happens if my child is ill?
A The Medical Centre is run on a call-out basis after hours. If in any doubt the duty tutor will call the sister on duty to the boarding house. If necessary boarders are taken to the hospital, accompanied by an adult. During the school day the Medical Centre is manned by registered nurses. All boarders must register with the local doctor and will be treated on the National Health Service scheme.
Q Will my child board in a large dormitory?
A No – most rooms are doubles or single with one or two, three bed rooms, but as they become older, preferences and study times demand that they have greater privacy. IGCSE and IB students are provided with twin or single study bedrooms.
Q What are the rooms like?
A The rooms are warm, comfortable and have fitted carpets. Bedding is provided but boarders are welcome to bring their own duvet and duvet covers. In fact many bring stereo equipment, personal computers or laptops, posters, pictures and even items of furniture. Pupils are able to create their own personal space.
Q What are the arrangements for pocket money?
A There is no restriction on the amount of pocket money a boarder may have, but the College recommends that all pocket money is lodged with the Housemaster or Housemistress at the beginning of the term. This is deposited into the House Bank and cash is available upon request. The College also recommends that no more than £10 is kept by a boarder at any time. There are three banks locally and boarders can open personal accounts with a letter of introduction from the College.
Q Is my child allowed to leave the College grounds whenever they wish?
A Boarders may only leave College grounds after school hours with the express permission of the duty tutor. They must sign out and back in the Signing Out Book. Fourth Form pupils must be accompanied by a Sixth Form pupil or a member of staff if they wish to visit Castletown. During the school day, no-one is permitted to leave the grounds without the express permission of the Head of Year.
Q Who is responsible for my child?
A During the school day boarders are the responsibility of the subject and games teachers except at lunchtime when boarding staff are on duty in the boarding house. Outside of school hours there is a tutor on duty in the boarding house. The Housemaster and Housemistress are resident in accommodation adjacent to the houses and are on call 24 hours. Roll call is taken regularly and the house is locked at night.
Q What about insurance?
A King William's College does not provide insurance for personal items, such as stereos, computers, clothing, etc. Parents are encouraged to make their own arrangements to insure personal items. A lockable facility is provided for each boarder and they are constantly warned to guard against leaving personal possessions unattended.
Q What are the arrangements for weekend visits to family or friends?
A Boarders are allowed to leave the College over the weekend to visit family or friends. If visiting a friend, written permission (by email is acceptable) from both sets of parents must be given by Thursday at 6pm for that weekend.
Q What will my child do over weekends?
A Whilst recognising that boarders need time to themselves, the Head of Boarding organises outings, for example, the cinema, wildlife park, walks, go-karting, shopping trips, pony riding, golf, swimming, etc. You should not forget that there are sporting facilities in the College grounds and nearby of which the boarders can make full use. All boarders are involved in the choice of activities.
Q Is homework (prep.) supervised?
A Yes. The duty tutor monitors the prep for Fourth and Fifth Form boarders in the Scholl Library, Sixth Formers may choose to work either in their study/bedrooms, the library or in the Sixth Form Centre.
Q What happens to tickets and passports?
A Passports and tickets should be handed to the Housemaster/Housemistress upon arrival and are kept in the safe.
Faced with the difficult choice of our daughters remaining at a perfectly good state school in the Isle of Man, we chose to send them to King William’s College to study the International Baccalaureate. The outcome in both cases was a resounding endorsement of our decision, since King William’s College operates and delivers at a different level.Past Parent of two 6th Form Students