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Aims

AIMS OF KING WILLIAM'S COLLEGE AND THE BUCHAN ("THE SCHOOL")

As the only independent school on the Isle of Man we provide parents with choice and we seek to offer an education that is distinctive and of the highest quality. We cater for a broad ability range and through our bursary scheme we provide financial support to families who could not otherwise afford independent education. We are a small school and this encourages a strong sense of community and allows individuals to flourish. As a Christian foundation we believe that education should be of the whole person and we seek to prepare our pupils to be confident and responsible citizens with a life-long love of learning.
In this context our aims can be stated as follows:

  1. A SENSE OF COMMUNITY. We aim to create bonds of friendship and mutual support which will last a lifetime. Our pupils should play an active role in the school community and the world beyond.

  2. ACADEMIC RIGOUR. We aim to offer an education with academic rigour at its heart. This also informs our approach to the curriculum, in particular our endorsement of the values and internationalism of the International Baccalaureate which underpins the education we provide throughout the school.

  3. FOCUS ON THE INDIVIDUAL. We aim to support and stretch the individual. To achieve this aim we need to provide teaching and learning of the highest quality together with appropriate support structures and an extensive enrichment programme.

  4. OPPORTUNITY. We aim to provide an education which offers a wide range of opportunity outside the classroom. So our aim is to offer an excellent programme of sport, drama and music and a broad range of extracurricular activities.

Pastoral Team Aims

Kindness

Model kindness
Lead by example and show everyone else what being kind looks like.

Encourage kindness
Have an expectation that others will be kind - carry out acts of kindness

Notice kindness
Recognise and praise others when you notice them being kind.

Stand up for others
Give support to others and let them know they are not alone.

Be kind to yourself
Do not expect perfection. Challenge yourself while looking after your wellbeing.

Wellbeing

Mind your Head!
Connect with the people around you.
Be active. Go for a walk or run, cycle, play a game, garden or dance.
Take notice. Be observant, look for something beautiful or remark on something unusual.
Keep learning.
Give what you can: time, patience, and understanding. Be kind.

Challenge

Set yourself goals
Everyone has their own goals. What can you do to challenge yourself?

Be Realistic
Consider having four realistic goals at a time: academic, mental, social and physical.

Be Resilient
What do you do when you face a challenge? What do you do when things do not go to plan?

Be Determined
If at first you do not succeed, try, try again.

Faced with the difficult choice of our daughters remaining at a perfectly good state school in the Isle of Man, we chose to send them to King William’s College to study the International Baccalaureate. The outcome in both cases was a resounding endorsement of our decision, since King William’s College operates and delivers at a different level.

Past Parent of two 6th Form Students