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King William's College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All posts in The Buchan School and King Wiliam's College are subject to the normal statutory checks.


Teacher of English

FOR JANUARY 2018

This is an opportunity for an enthusiastic and well-qualified teacher to teach throughout the 11-18 age range in a highly successful department.

Closing date for application is Friday 29th September 2017

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1. The School

King William's College was opened in 1833 through public subscription and the support of Bishop Barrow's Charity, which itself had been founded in 1668. The School enjoys a magnificent setting facing Castletown Bay in the south of the Isle of Man. For most of its history, the school operated primarily as a boys' boarding school supplemented by day boys. Girls were first admitted to the Sixth Form in the late seventies and the school became fully co-educational in 1987. In 1991, College merged with the Buchan School, (situated in Castletown and founded in 1875), to provide education for young ladies, also under the auspices of Bishop Barrow's Charity.

The two sites now constitute one school administered by a single Board of Governors and with the same overall vision and ethos. The sites are less than 2 miles apart and the Buchan provides Nursery (currently operated by an external provider) and Junior School curricula for children from 4 years to 11 years of age. The Senior School provides a non-selective education up to GCSE/IGCSE and all Sixth Form students take the International Baccalaureate Diploma. There are currently 156 children at the Buchan School (excluding the Nursery) and 373 at the senior school of whom 112 are in the Sixth Form. There are 2 boarding houses at College with a total of around 100 boarders, many of whom are from overseas. Although there is now a large number of day pupils, the School retains much of the structure and ethos of a boarding school. College is a Church of England Foundation although the pupil body includes those of many faiths.

The Senior School is now run on year-group lines for academic purposes while the House system has been retained for social interaction including House Music, Drama and other cultural activities. The College is widely recognised as a leading IB Diploma school and was the first UK school to abandon the A Level system and adopt the IB in the same year.

The College site is dominated by the main school building with its quadrangle and Clocktower. There is a range of specialist buildings of varying ages. The Buchan site is constructed around an early Victorian country house, in a pleasant parkland setting on the edge of Castletown.

2. The English Department

The English Department is a vibrant, happy and successful one which achieves excellent results. It prides itself on fostering enthusiasm throughout the school for the creation of written work and the appreciation of literature. Confident oral work is a hallmark of our pupils. The core skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing are developed to a high standard in years 7 to 9, leading seamlessly to the Cambridge IGCSE English and English Literature syllabuses.

All year groups are taught in ability sets. Sixth Form pupils take the International Baccalaureate Diploma, all studying Literature, or Language and Literature at either Higher or Standard Level. Each Sixth Form set is shared by two teachers. The large intake at Sixth Form includes pupils from a number of different countries, which makes the teaching wonderfully stimulating. The Department, which includes five graduate specialists and a Learning Support teacher, meets once a week to share ideas and resources.

3. The Appointment

We are seeking a well-qualified, motivated and enthusiastic member of staff to join this successful department. The appointment would suit either a teacher recently or newly qualified, or one with some years of experience. Full NQT induction and mentoring is available for recent graduates.

The successful candidate will teach English throughout the school (11-18). Experience of teaching the International Baccalaureate would be welcomed but is not a requirement and support will be given to those who have not taught it before.
King William's College is committed to the education of the whole person and therefore the extra-curricular and pastoral dimensions are vital adjuncts to the achievements of high academic standards.

The College is a Christian Foundation and all staff are expected to attend regular worship in Chapel.

4. Salary and Remuneration

King William's College has its own salary scale and benefits. The Isle of Man is an internally self-governing area of the British Isles and, as a result, taxes are substantially lower than in the United Kingdom (the standard and higher rates of income tax being 10% and 20% respectively). In addition, personal allowances are much more generous than their UK equivalent.

The person appointed would have the opportunity to join the Isle of Man Government Teachers' Pension Scheme.

5. Applications

Candidates should complete an application form and send it together with a letter explaining why they consider themselves suitable for the post to Mr J H Buchanan, Principal, by 9.00 am on Friday 29th September 2017. Applications may be emailed to: hr@kwc.im.

The appointment is subject to the usual statutory checks.

September 2017

Completed applications can be sent via email to: or by post to: HR Department, King William's College, Castletown, IM9 1TP.


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