Helping your child flourish

The junior school for King William’s College provides your child with a supportive and caring environment, from which they can develop their own individual talents.

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An Island Education for a Global Future

An excellent reputation for academic excellence and achievement in Sport and the Performing Arts.

The Buchan School provides the finest independent education in an idyllic and tranquil setting. Our vision statement, 'Aim for excellence in all things', forms the basis to all of the teaching and learning at The Buchan School.

Founded by Laura Lady Buchan, in 1875, the School has developed an excellent reputation for academic excellence and achievement in sport and the performing arts. It is located in the historic Castletown area of the Isle of Man, with its ancient castle and picturesque harbour setting. The main school reception is located in a Georgian house within 13.5 acres of private grounds.

Pupils are admitted to The Buchan Nursery from two years of age and leave the Prep School at 11 years. The School consists of three main parts; the Nursery, Pre-Prep and Prep Departments. The curriculum offered is broad, with a particular emphasis on excellence and enjoyment. In addition to the main core areas, the School offers specialist teaching and facilities for Drama, Music, Languages, Art, Design and Technology, ICT and Sport. A team of peripatetic staff offer a range of instrumental teaching. An extra curricular programme offers pupils further opportunities to develop different interests and skills.

About us

Why Choose Buchan?

Warm and friendly environment

Where each pupil is encouraged to achieve their potential.

Specialist subject teachers throughout the curriculum

When your child enters the Prep Department they will be able to benefit from the specialist subject teaching we offer.

Small class sizes

Our average class size is 15.

Personal Development

Strong focus on personal development - behaviour, articulacy, confidence and imagination.

Extensive extra-curricular programme

Activities include a range of Sports, Music and Drama, along with bee-keeping, mine craft, touch typing and classical civilisations.

Wraparound care

Breakfast and After-school Clubs from 8am to 5.30pm and Holiday Clubs.

High academic standards

Academic excellence is encouraged at every level and pupils are supported in their endeavours to build upon their prior knowledge and to develop a love of learning.


French taught from reception upwards, with Spanish, Mandarin, German and Latin also offered.


Proud history of sporting achievements at local and national level.


Swimming lessons for all pupils from Reception onwards.

The Arts

Specialist Music, Art and Drama tuition available.

Dedicated, caring staff

Exceptional level of Pastoral care and learning support. Our highly experienced staff spend time getting to know every pupil.

At a glance...


Please contact us to arrange a visit, a taster day or come to one of our open events.

School Life

The curriculum and personal development


Excellent on-site facilities

Extra curricular Activities

A wide choice of after-school activities are available


An excellent purpose built facility

They learn, they have fun, they always want to go back. children love this school.

James P

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Sun shine and Sunflowers sing as The Buchan Nursery officially opens

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A former headteacher and one-time King William’s College student has been appointed as the new Head of Nursery for The Buchan School.

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