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Joss was educated at Oakham School in Rutland and then read History at the University of York. After several years working as an Intelligence Analyst at the Government Communications Headquarters in Cheltenham he spent a year living in the Lake District studying for a PGCE at Charlotte Mason College, University of Lancaster. His first teaching job was at Adams' Grammar School in Shropshire, where he taught both History and Politics and was the Deputy Housemaster of the junior boarding house. He joined King William's College in 1997, becoming in turn the Head of History, the Head of Sixth Form, the Academic Deputy and the Vice Principal, whilst also for many years being a resident tutor in Colbourne House. He became the Acting Principal in 2016 and was appointed the Principal in January 2017. Outside of School Joss enjoys modern history and hill-walking and he combines these interests by spending most summers trekking in some forgotten part of Central Asia.
Janet grew up in Oldham in Greater Manchester and attended The Hulme Grammar School for Girls. Growing up Janet was interested in Music, Dance and Drama and was a member of the youth orchestra, theatre workshop and Hulme singers and sang with the church choir, Oldham International choir and Oldham Ladies choir under Dr Eileen Bentley. Janet was also a member of the Local Amateur Dramatics Society and appeared in a number of musicals. Janet travelled for a short time and delivered English tuition in Hong Kong. She returned to the UK to complete a teaching degree at Manchester Metropolitan University. Janet joined The Buchan School in 2002 as the Head of Pre-Prep and became Deputy Head in 2005 and Acting Head in 2016. She was appointed as Head of the Buchan in 2017. Janet enjoys spending time with her family and friends, both in the Isle of Man and in the UK, and likes to visit family members and cities around the UK.
Clare was born in Manchester and moved to the Isle of Man at the age of eight. Educated at Castle Rushen High School, she went on to read Mathematics at The Queen's College in Oxford, before moving to the University of Manchester to complete a PGCE. She returned to the Island in 2007 to take up the post of Teacher of Mathematics at King William's College, where she was also employed as a Sixth Form Tutor and Resident Tutor in School House. Since joining the College, Clare has taken on a wide range of pastoral and academic roles, including Head of PSHE and Careers, Deputy Head of Sixth Form and Acting Head of Sixth Form, Academic Enrichment Co-ordinator and Head of Academic Assessment. In September 2013, she began teaching Theory of Knowledge and she is now Head of Department. After a term as Acting Academic Deputy and another as Acting Vice Principal, Clare was appointed as Deputy Head Academic in January 2017. Her interests include cycling, photography, sailing and long walks with her Wheaten Terrier, Murphy.
As Deputy Head Pastoral, Stuart's main concern is the oversight of the welfare of all students at the College. Stuart joined the School in January 2017, having previously worked at Rossall School in Lancashire, where he was a boarding housemaster for 15 years, Assistant Director of Music and a Mathematics teacher. However, Stuart is no stranger to the Isle of Man and has visited numerous times to play the organ in various venues around the Island. Stuart spent his early life in Lancaster and was lucky enough to be encouraged to take advantage of the considerable musical opportunities there, eventually settling on learning to play the organ. Whilst at Lancaster Royal Grammar School, he was a recital prize winner at the Oundle International Organ Festival and was a finalist in the National Young Organist of the Year competition, held at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. Stuart went on to read music at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London where he was appointed organ scholar, studying with Prof Lionel Pike, Roger Judd and Jeremy Filsell. He also held the post of organist at Windsor Parish Church. His accomplishments garnered him a scholarship to study at Tulane University in New Orleans in the US. Studying with Wieslaw Rentowski, he also sang in the Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral Choir and was honoured to perform in their recital series. Stuart went on to hold positions at Chelmsford Cathedral and Felsted School. He is much in demand as a recitalist and accompanist and has performed in France, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Malta, Portugal, USA and Bermuda, in addition to his UK commitments. Stuart is always willing to meet with students and parents.
John grew up in a remote part of the West of Scotland, and was educated at Gordonstoun School and the University of Stirling, where he studied Philosophy, later obtaining an MSc in Construction Management at Heriot-Watt University. His career has had a property focus, including working for Country Property Agents, and The National Trust for Scotland, where he obtained a Diploma in Surveying (Rural Practice). Before coming to King William's College in 2006, he was Estates Bursar at Fettes College in Edinburgh for several years. His current role covers all financial and operational aspects of running King William's College and The Buchan School, including the buildings, grounds and staffing. As Clerk, he acts as Secretary to the Governors and Trustees. John lives in Port St Mary and enjoys sailing, fishing and walking.
As King William's College and The Buchan School's Head of External Relations, Kara manages the marketing, pupil recruitment and admissions, development and alumni relations. This is a wide-ranging remit, but ties together all aspects of the School's communication and relationships with students, alumni, parents, Governors and Trustees and the wider community. Kara works to build on the School's existing legacy, developing strategy that will keep the School at the forefront of independent education. Educated at Castle Rushen High School in the Isle of Man, Kara went on to read Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire. A Chartered Marketer, Kara joined the School in 2016 and has extensive marketing and PR experience, having previously worked as the Group Marketing Manager for an international fiduciary services provider, an Account Manager for a leading Isle of Man marketing, PR and advertising agency and as a Senior Reporter at Isle of Man Newspapers.
They learn, they have fun, they always want to go back. children love this school.James P