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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 and 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 was born in Nancy (Lorraine, France) and grew up in a family of five. She has an older sister and an older brother, three dogs and two cats. After studying linguistics at university, she came to the Isle of Man to be a French assistant for a year and fell in love with the place! Nothing makes her happier than watching a Manx sunset, reading a good book with a cup of coffee and staying way too late in School House for long chats with the girls. She joined the boarding team as a regular tutor in September 2016 and became House Mother the year after.

Mr James Wood

Assistant Housemaster, Economics Teacher

James Wood is a born and bred Manxman and an OKW boarder. He joined KWC in 2014 and teaches IB Economics and History. James studied Politics at Newcastle and Oslo University and then completed his Masters in International Business and Economics at Oxford Brookes University. He has travelled extensively, but is always planning more. In his spare time James enjoys any activity outdoors, but especially anything in or on the sea! He is also a keen rugby player and, given half the chance, loves to ski.

Miss Emma Winstanley

Assistant Housemistress & Teacher of Music

Emma teaches music at the College. She studied music at the University of Salford. Outside of teaching, Emma enjoys writing her own songs and performing them with her guitar, which has taken her around the north of England and to Nashville three times. Aside from music, Emma enjoys films and TV, baking, travelling, swimming and seeing her family and her dog, a border collie named Rafael.

Miss Catrin Beswick

Boarding Tutor & 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.

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.

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.

Reverend Erica Scott

Boarding Tutor and 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 Matthew Taylor

Boarding Tutor & English Teacher

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.

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.

Miss Amanda Kerr

Boarding Tutor & Teacher of English & RS

Amanda hails from England, where she studied a degree in English Literature, before moving on to combine her two loves of Literature and Religion by completing a Master's Degree entitled Women and the Word. After this she completed a PGCE and now continues to engage in her interests by teaching English and Religious Studies at KWC. Moving to the Isle of Man has reignited her enjoyment of playing netball and as a literature graduate she loves nothing more than taking time out with a good book. As a true northerner she is a passionate rugby league fan and can often be found cheering on her home town of St Helen's.

Paula Howell-Evans

Boarding Tutor & Teacher of Geography & ES

Paula has lived in the Isle of Man for 25 years – so now qualifies as a stopover! She studied at Girton College, Cambridge and Jesus College Oxford and now teaches principally Geography and Environmental Systems and Societies. Having taught at Queen Elizabeth II and Castle Rushen High Schools, along with a brief sojourn in the Sultanate of Brunei, she has now found her true home at King William's College. She loves singing, walking, travelling and attempting to speak Spanish and German...

Mr Clwyd Parry

Head of Design & Technology

Clwyd is head of Design & Technology and married to Housemistress Susie, he has a vast collection of bicycles and a penchant for anything with a two stroke engine. Clwyd enjoys walks and adventures with the family dogs and singing when the weather's blustery. He occasionally takes to the water either by sail or with the aid of a huge motor!

I loved King William’s College from the start. I made up my mind within an hour of our time there that I wanted my son to attend. You have to come to College to understand what makes it stand out from the rest. It is a place of genuinely caring and friendly people. Another aspect of College we love is its vast international community. Our son has made some great friends and as a result has come to appreciate and respect other cultures and traditions. Our son loves College. He loves the independence to make choices, the easy access he has to his tutors, the opportunity to make his own mistakes and learn from them, but most of all, he loves the fact that expert assistance is always a breath away.

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