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The Boarding Staff

The boarding houses are supervised 24 hours a day by our resident boarding tutors.

Mr Ed Jeffers

Head of Boarding & Housemaster of Colbourne House

Ed teaches German and French and is a keen musician, singing in the Chapel Choir and playing the double bass. He is married to Sara, an English teacher at the College, and they have a black lab, Teagan, and two cats, Jack and George. Sara and he enjoy running, coastal walks and foreign travel.

Mrs Susie Parry

Housemistress of School House

After graduating with a degree in BA (Hons) Information Graphic Design, Susie worked for many years within creative environments, which she says laid solid foundations for nurturing a happy household of over 50 teenage boarders! She gained both her PGCE and BA (Hons) at Trent University, Nottingham.

Susie currently teaches Graphic Design and Art at College alongside her favourite boss, husband Clwyd, Head of Design Technology. The Parry's have three children, Rufus, Lois and Bob, all at College and the Buchan and thriving; far too many pets with two Spanish rescue dogs, one East End cat, one over large, over friendly rabbit and two fun fair goldfish (one of whom has actually turned silver).

She likes nothing more than the sound of laughter in the house, the wide open skies on the Island and disappearing into a good book every now and then.

Mrs Wendy Lang

House Mother - Colbourne

Wendy is married with two children and also a grandmother to 11-year-old Oliver. She lives in Colbourne along with 46 boys and her cat Archie. She enjoys the outdoors and spends a lot of time supporting her grandson at the poolside, as he swims for the Isle of Man team. Other interests are theatre, zumba and travel.

Miss Caroline Temps

House Mother - School House

Caroline comes from Nancy in France and is the house mother in School House. After studying English culture and language for two years and linguistics for a year, she came to King William’s College as the French assistant for a year, and loved the island so much she decided to stay. Caroline loves swimming in the Irish sea (when it’s not winter time of course!), walking in glens or along the coast, reading, and playing Mario kart with the boarders! She also loves the cosiness of coffee shops on the island, and dreams of someday owning her very own.

Mrs Sonja Ellson

Head of Overseas Students

Sonja Ellson is Head of Overseas Students, Head of German and Head of ESOL. She is also a visiting tutor in School House. She is married to Mark, the College's IT Manager and they have the Island's two most pampered cats, and Rodney, a bug-eyed guinea pig. Sonja enjoys jogging along the coastal paths, ballroom dancing and discovering different parts of the globe during the holidays.

Miss Catrin Beswick

Assistant Housemistress School House & Teacher of Science

Catrin was educated at Castle Rushen High School and now teaches Design Technology and Geography at KWC. Catrin represented the Isle of Man at rugby before hanging up her boots to assist coaching the Vagabond Ladies Rugby team. She also enjoys cycling, rock climbing and walking her two dogs, Milly and Muffin.

Zöe Shimmin

Assistant Housemistress Colbourne & Teacher of Sport

Zoë was educated at Castle Rushen High School, and went on to study at Loughborough University, she now teaches PE and Sports Exercise and Health Science at KWC. She is a keen sportswoman herself regularly playing hockey and netball, still representing the Isle of Man in the former. Off the sports pitch Zoë enjoys exploring the island with her friends, family and her newly re-homed dog.

Berengere Balteau

Boarding Tutor & Language Assistant

Mr Chester Burnett

Boarding Tutor & Sports Assistant

Mr Riaan Riekert

Boarding Tutor & Teacher of Economics

Riaan Riekert grew up just outside Cape Town and started his teaching career at Paarl Boys High in South Africa where he was a boarding housemaster. He studied at the University of Stellenbosch where he majored in Economics, Business and Accounting. Currently he is HOD for IB Economics and also a dedicated games teacher. He loves playing sport and has represented the Isle of Man on the tennis court, but also likes doing hockey, squash, badminton, paddle boarding and regularly goes out on his mountain bike. He loves travelling and camping, and has driven through Europe on numerous occasions. Besides watching and playing sports, he loves a good ice cream, even in the winter.

Álvaro Laiz-Rubio

Boarding Tutor & Language Assistant

Álvaro studied education at University of León in north-west Spain. Having done two internships in two different years, first in Sweden at Mittuniverset and then Queen's University, Belfast, Álvaro has a multicultural background and a broad vision dealing with his students. Passionate about surfing and snowboarding, he loves to enjoy nature in a fun and different way.

Reverend Erica Scott

Boarding Tutor & Chaplain

Reverend Erica is married to Alastair, she has three adult sons and a Schnauzer called Wizzy. Reverend Erica's lifelong fascination with Scripture and the stories that they tell, led her to study Theology so that she could better understand them, which in turn, lead to ordination. She grew up on boats, has spent most of her life near or by the sea and finds the rhythms of tides and seasons strangely sustaining. Having trained in parish ministry, today she ministers as Chaplain amongst the KWC and Buchan community and teaches RS to Lower Fourth. She enjoys the challenges of Chaplaincy within the family of King William's College.

Mr Conor Smith

Boarding Tutor & Teacher of Sport

Conor is a Sport Science and PE teacher and coach of the 1st XV at KWC. He moved to the Isle of Man from Worksop, Nottinghamshire, in 2016 and is currently completing his PGCE at the University of Buckingham. Conor, a keen cricketer, is currently a Nottinghamshire Premier League Champion, whilst also enjoying being involved in many other sports.

Mr Matthew Taylor

Boarding Tutor & Teacher of English

Mr Taylor was a Housemaster at St John's College, Johannesburg, prior to joining the English department at KWC. His teaching career has been spent entirely in South Africa and in addition to St John's, includes a brief stint at Marist Brother's Linmeyer. He coaches/coached rowing and rugby and is the Editor of the Barrovian Magazine. He is married to Victoria. He enjoys literature, film, hiking and mountain biking. Matthew studied English, Philosophy and History at the University of the Witwatersrand, completing his English Honours degree before embarking upon a PGCE in 2007. Having grown up in Johannesburg, he is an avid supporter of the dire Lions rugby team and will never say no to a braai.

Our son has been at King William’s College for two years and has settled in very well with the full support of the boarding staff and teachers, who have demonstrated great kindness and caring. The highly disciplined, but dynamic education system has helped our 15 year old son to adapt well and his confidence has noticeably improved in a short space of time. What's especially pleasing is that not only does the College have an excellent calibre of teaching staff and a strong academic curriculum, but we have been surprised and delighted to discover their excellent music achievements! With such great experience, our second son will also join KWC starting at Lower 5, to have a well rounded education. We cannot be more pleased with our decision to send our sons here all the way from Hong Kong!

M5 Overseas Parent