King William’s College

About King William’s College

Opened in 1833 King William’s College is situated approximately 200 yards from the beach. The Isle of Man is a beautiful, healthy and safe location for young people to grow up in. Academic excellence lies at the heart of King William’s College.

The highly qualified and enthusiastic staff combined with small class sizes ensures that all pupils are inspired and given the individual support they need to achieve success. Students in the Sixth Form study for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The school introduced the IB in 2002 and are therefore one of the most experienced IB schools in the UK.

Exam results are consistently high and far above the national average. Drama thrives at King William’s College. Recent years have seen an eclectic range of productions, from whole school shows such as ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ to the Sixth Form devised production of ‘Unthinkable’. Live Streamings from the National Theatre, Opera and Royal Ballet. Music is at the heart of the school with numerous events and workshops throughout the year.

The Kitto Arts studio extending art school and providing a wonderful exhibition space. The pupils follow a broad curriculum of sporting activities competing in the major sports against the other Island schools but also travelling to the UK for off-Island fixtures. Every three years, the senior Rugby and Hockey teams embark on an impressive world sports tour during the summer months. Golf, rock climbing and sailing are also on offer to the seniors with a wide variety of sports offered as extra-curricular activities.

Boarding at King William’s College

The boarding community represents around 25% of King William’s College population. This vibrant, friendly and creative community adds so much to the College as a whole. There are two boarding houses – Colbourne House for boys and School House for girls.

Opting to board at College, be it flexi, weekly or full time, gives pupils the freedom to become more independent both socially and academically. It encourages them to organise their time more efficiently and to strike a healthy balance between work and play. They become more tolerant, more confident and more willing to act as part of a group. They have unrivalled access to College facilities and members of staff. They can take advantage of the busy weekly and weekend activity programmes. They also foster friendships which will last a lifetime.


Type of School Co-educational
School Address King William's College, Castletown, Isle of Man IM9 1TP
Number of Pupils 553
Number of Boarders 116
International Boarders 60
Age Range 11-18
Religious Tradition Church of England
Distance from Airports

0.5 miles.

Distance from London

1 hour by plane.

School Links

Our Prep School is The Buchan School.

Educational Programmes


Co-Curricular Programmes

ABRSM music exams, Trinity College music exams, LAMDA Drama exams, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Combined Cadet Force, Golf Academy Extensive Sports Programme.

Academies Offered

Golf Academy.