King William's College: Castletown, Isle of Man, UK

Castletown, Isle of Man, United Kingdom

King William's College: Castletown, Isle of Man, UK

Price Range ₤ 20,000-30,000 per annum


King William's College in Castletown (Colleish Ree Illiam in Manx) is an International Baccalaureate HMC independent private boarding school in UK for ages 3 to 18, situated near Castletown on the Isle of Man. King William's College in Isle of Man is a co-ed boarding school for boys and girls. The College is located on two sites in Castletown; the senior boarding school occupies a campus which has pride of place on the shore of Castletown Bay, while The Buchan School, the College's preparatory boarding school, is located in the Westhill part of Castletown, some two miles from the main campus. The College, known as KWC or to the local people as King Bill's, was originally for boys only but became co-educational in the 1980s. Today there are roughly five hundred pupils, many of whom are from beyond the British Isles.

Number of students

  Girls Boys Total
Boarding School: 50 44 94
Day School: 138 153 291

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Cost of tuition

7 days boarding: 10,450 per term

About the school

Long description:

The King William's College Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is a voluntary youth organisation sponsored by the UK Ministry of Defence. The College has a long and proud military history; its Officers' Training Corps (OTC) was the only contingent to see active service in the Great War, guarding prisoners of war at Douglas and provided the first recruits from the Island. 546 members of the College community served in the First World War with 45 killed and 45 wounded from the OTC alone. In the Second World War 696 served. The modern day CCF consists of three sections: Army, Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Air Force (RAF). Cadets in the Army Section learn basic military skills, such as marksmanship and fieldcraft, in addition to expedition skills. Senior cadets are responsible for the development of the training programme and the instruction of junior cadets. The training programme follows the Army Proficiency Certificate (APC) syllabus and a practical approach is adopted together with integrated scenarios. At the end of each academic year, the cadets have the chance to participate in a week-long camp at a military establishment. The RN Section provides cadets with the opportunity to experience different water-based activities, for example sailing and kayaking. The Naval Proficiency Certificate syllabus is followed to develop seamanship knowledge and skills, such as rope-work. The RAF Section follows the prescribed Air Cadet Proficiency (ACP) syllabus, including airmanship and navigation. Essential qualities, like self-discipline, teamwork and leadership, are developed through the conduction of practical leadership tasks and navigation activities.

Famous People Who Attended This School

Sir William Henry Bragg, OM, KBE, FRS (PRS 1935–40), Nobel Laureate in Physics 1915 T.E. Brown, poet and writer David Cannan MHK, former Speaker of the House of Keys, Treasury Minister and current MHK for Michael Lieutenant-Colonel Jack Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill DSO MC, notable commando commander in the Second World War Jack Churchill, British soldier, Distinguished Service Order Andrew Corlett, the Deputy Deemster of the Isle of Man Joseph George Cumming, MA Cantab., geologist and archaeologist Thomas Wortley Drury, DD, MA Cantab., Bishop of Sodor and Man 1907–1911 The Rev. John Ellerton, hymn writer and hymnologist. Wrote "The day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended" The Very Reverend Frederic William Farrar, DD Cambridge, FRS, Dean of Canterbury 1895–1903 Major Robert Johnston VC, recipient of the VC - South African War George Robert Stephenson Pioneer English Railroad Engineer Sir James Haldane Stewart Lockhart, KCMG, Registrar General and Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong Sir Joseph Davidson Qualtrough CBE SHK, former Speaker of the House of Keys Major Henry Percival Qualtrough, MBE GM, recipient of the George Medal for carrying out bomb disposal work in the Far East William Henry Quilliam AKA Abdullah Quilliam, Muslim convert, born in Liverpool of a wealthy Manx family John C. Taylor, inventor and Chairman of Strix Ltd. Professor Donald Teare, British pathologist Sir William Arthur White, British diplomat in Eastern Europe and Turkey The Rev. James Maurice Wilson, theologian and astronomer


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