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Principal's Welcome

Welcome to King William's College.

We have a proud history going back nearly 200 years, but what we value above-all is being a strong, friendly community. The College has always been relatively small – rarely more than 400 pupils – and that means everybody knows everybody and each student gets the encouragement and support he or she needs to succeed. As such our academic results are consistently strong and our students go to top universities in the UK, Europe and the US.

The school is also distinctive in that it is one of the few schools where every student in the Sixth Form studies for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The IB philosophy – particularly its emphasis on skills and its focus on internationalism – is central to our approach and we are one of the largest and most experienced IB schools in the British Isles. Most of our pupils live locally on the Isle of Man but we also have a thriving boarding community and students travel from all over the world to study the IB in such a beautiful and safe environment.

An Island education for a global future.

Mr Joss Buchanan



+44(0)1624 820428

I loved King William’s College from the start. I made up my mind within an hour of our time there that I wanted my son to attend. You have to come to College to understand what makes it stand out from the rest. It is a place of genuinely caring and friendly people. Another aspect of College we love is its vast international community. Our son has made some great friends and as a result has come to appreciate and respect other cultures and traditions. Our son loves College. He loves the independence to make choices, the easy access he has to his tutors, the opportunity to make his own mistakes and learn from them, but most of all, he loves the fact that expert assistance is always a breath away.

U5 Overseas Parent