The Fifth Form is divided into three years: the Lower Fifth (Year 9), Middle Fifth (Year 10) and Upper Fifth (Year 11). They are accommodated in the Raglan Fifth Form Centre in the very heart of the School and each year group has its own separate area. Each fifth former is assigned a tutor and the tutor stays with them for the whole of their time in the Fifth Form. The tutor plays a key role in the life of the pupil; they will meet with their tutees several times a week and they are the main point of contact for parents.
In the Lower Fifth the curriculum is intentionally kept very broad. Pupils study English, Maths and two foreign languages, the three separate sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics, together with Art, Design & Technology, Drama, Geography, History and Religious Studies. All pupils also study Physical Education and they have an afternoon of games each week. It is an important year to get the foundations in place before the pupils embark upon their (I)GCSE courses and extensive advice is given as they come to choose their options.
Most (I)GCSE courses start at the beginning of the Middle Fifth, although both the Sciences and Religious Studies (for the short course GCSE) begin teaching in the Lower Fifth. All pupils do a common core that includes English, Maths, a foreign language, the three Sciences and Religious Studies (for the short course GCSE). Pupils then choose three additional subjects from a wide choice of different options. Full details of the (I)GCSE courses can be found in 'The Fifth Form Guide to the (I)GCSE Programme'.
Beyond their academic studies fifth formers are fully involved in all aspects of School life. In addition to an extensive sports programme, there are many opportunities to perform in both music and drama and pupils can also join the Combined Cadet Force or take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
Download the 'Fifth Form Guide' from the link below.
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