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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.


Part-time French Teacher

From September 2017 - to cover Maternity Leave

King William's College is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, well-qualified teacher of French to teach approximately 0.3 of a full timetable. The successful candidate will teach classes throughout Years 7-9 and would, ideally, also be able to teach some Spanish.

Closing date for application is Wednesday 17th May 2017

Job Description

APPOINTMENT OF PART TIME TEACHER OF FRENCH (AND SPANISH)

September 2017 – Maternity Cover

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 167 children at the Buchan School (excluding the Nursery) and 369 at the senior school of whom 113 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 are 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 was recently named 'Sunday Times International Baccalaureate School of the Year', a testimony to its commitment to the highest educational standards.

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 Department

The Modern Foreign Languages department is a strong, vibrant one which achieves consistently strong results and encourages pupils to achieve a love of language as well as equipping them with the linguistic knowledge and skills required for study, work and leisure.

In Key Stage Three all students are taught French plus a choice of either Spanish or Latin. At the end of KS3, students have the option to choose between French, Spanish and Latin or to continue with two languages at GCSE level. In the Sixth Form, the study of a language within the IB Diploma is compulsory and students choose between French, Spanish, German and Latin. There is also the option to enter students for self-study courses in first language Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese) and Russian.

The department is staffed by a mixture of native and non-native teachers and is also supported by native speaking French and Spanish assistants who are employed on a year's contract.

3.  The Appointment

We are seeking a well-qualified, enthusiastic and committed Teacher of French to join this successful Department on a temporary basis and to teach junior classes throughout the Key Stage Three (11-14) age range. The successful candidate would, ideally, also be able to teach some Spanish, also at KS3 level.

The appointment would suit either a teacher recently or newly qualified, or one with some years of experience.  We would also consider applications from graduates without teaching qualifications provided they have a passion for the subject.

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.

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, the Principal, by 9.00 am on Wednesday 17th May 2017. Applications may be emailed to: hr@kwc.im.

The appointment is subject to the usual statutory checks.

April 2017

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


Head of Physics

From September 2017

King William's College requires an enthusiastic and well-qualified teacher from September 2017 to be responsible for the provision of Physics at College. The successful candidate will teach throughout the 11-18 age range. Experience of teaching the IB Diploma would be welcomed but is not essential.

Closing date for application is Monday 15th May 2017

Job Description

APPOINTMENT OF HEAD OF PHYSICS

From September 2017

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 167 children at the Buchan School (excluding the Nursery) and 369 at the senior school of whom 113 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 are 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 Department

The results in public examinations are consistently very good and Physics has regularly been one of the strongest departments in the College. There are two specialist teachers in the Physics department which is well resourced and is served by two technicians who are shared across the Science department. There are two laboratories which have recently been modernised. Within the wider Science department, Physics has always had a high profile; indeed, our most famous old boy is William Bragg, the Nobel Laureate.

In the Sixth Form both the Higher and Standard Level IB students are taught together (the Standard Level options are chosen to fit with the Higher Level core).  Approximately 10-15 pupils study the subject each year out of a year group of about 55.  The textbook used is the IB Physics book written by Tsokos.  Results at both IGCSE and IB have been consistently strong for many years and a number of students have gone on to study Physics at university.

The Fifth Form study the Cambridge IGCSE course which is taught over three years. The current Middle Fifth and Upper Fifth (Years 10 and 11) are divided into four sets: the top two sets are studying the separate science syllabus, and the third and fourth sets are studying the co-ordinated science course. The lower sets are deliberately small so that pupils get more individual attention but even the top sets rarely exceed 18. The pupils use the IGCSE Physics textbook by Woodside, published by Heinemann.

In the Fourth Form (Years 7 and 8) a Junior Science curriculum is followed based on that offered by the ISEB and pupils are taught for 4 periods a week.  Depending on timetable commitments the post may also involve some junior science teaching.

3.  The Appointment

We are looking for an outstanding teacher of Physics who is well-qualified, dynamic, motivated and enthusiastic and who will maintain the current high uptake for the subject and the excellent results. The successful candidate will be in charge of the overall Physics provision within the school. They will chair regular meetings of the department and work closely with the Head of Science. They will possess excellent communication, leadership and organisation skills and demonstrate both initiative and the ability to work well as part of a team. It is expected that they will teach approximately 27 periods per week. Experience of teaching the International Baccalaureate would be welcomed but is not essential.

The appointment represents an excellent opportunity to make a major contribution to the success of the College. It is assumed that the person appointed will have high expectations of both pupils and colleagues and be skilled and persistent in the encouragement of them.  They will be comfortable with communicating regularly and directly with parents, individually or collectively, and they will have strong management and administrative skills.

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 which is identical to, and transferable between, that which operates in the United Kingdom.

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 Monday 15th May 2017.  Applications may be emailed to: hr@kwc.im.

The appointment is subject to the usual statutory checks.

April 2017

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


Temporary Teacher of Drama

Maternity Cover - From September 2017

King William's College is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and well-qualified teacher of Drama. The successful candidate will teach throughout the school including in the Sixth Form. Experience of teaching the International Baccalaureate would be welcomed but is not essential.

Closing date for application is Thursday 13th April 2017

Job Description

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 167 children at the Buchan School (excluding the Nursery) and 369 at the senior school of whom 113 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 are 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 Department

The Drama Department plays a prominent part in the life of King William's College and enjoys a strong reputation. The Department is creative, lively and highly successful, consistently obtaining high grades at IGCSE level and in the IB Diploma. The Department offers CIE IGCSE Drama. The IGCSE and IB courses push students to become independent thinkers by producing exciting research and ensemble work in a range of genres.

The ethos is that every pupil should be involved in performance and reach their maximum potential. In Years 7-9 pupils are taught one period of Drama a week. IGCSE numbers are healthy (5 to 12 per year) and each year a number of pupils choose to study Theatre within the IB Diploma. Results are consistently high. There are currently one whole school production in March and one Junior production at the end of the summer term. The department is active throughout the year with a range of events including Junior & Senior Music and Drama evenings. The House Drama Competition is a major event in the school calendar with the three houses each producing a 30 minute play. LAMDA entries are very strong and the College consistently achieves excellent results in the exams, which take place once a year at the end of the Autumn term.

The Drama department consists of a state of the art teaching studio with LED showXpress lighting system and storerooms. In addition, King's Court Theatre is used by the department for rehearsals and performances.

There is a Theatre Technician/Manager who is also in charge of National Theatre Live screenings and two full time members of teaching staff, one of whom teaches IB and IGCSE as well as some junior classes and another who teaches Years 7-9 and private drama classes including LAMDA.

3. The Appointment
We are seeking a well qualified, enthusiastic and committed Teacher of Theatre and Drama to join this successful Department on a temporary basis and to co-ordinate the teaching throughout the school. The appointment would suit someone with some years of experience particularly in Sixth Form teaching; knowledge of the International Baccalaureate would be an advantage but is not essential. The successful applicant would be expected to have a working knowledge of all aspects of Theatre and Drama; the ability to offer knowledge and workshops on Devising, Performance, World Traditions, Directing, Stanislavski, Brecht, Beckett would be welcomed. The appointed candidate will teach throughout the 11-18 age range, mainly focusing on IGCSE Drama and IB Theatre. The appointment is from September 2017 and has arisen from the full time Head of Department taking maternity leave.

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. All pupils are assigned to a personal tutor and one hour each week is set aside for tutorial work. The person appointed will have a clear vision of the development of the individual and will show natural enthusiasm and skill in close communications with pupils and have an impact on influencing their development.

We have a comprehensive games and extra-curricular activities programme and all members of staff are expected to contribute generously to this programme and to endorse the principle of extending the pupils' range of interests and expertise.

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 which is identical to, and transferable between, that which operates in the United Kingdom.

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, the Principal, by 9.00 am on Thursday 13th April 2017. Applications may be emailed to: hr@kwc.im.

The appointment is subject to the usual statutory checks.

March 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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