Education in the Isle of Man

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Education in the Isle of Man is compulsory for children aged between 5 and 16. As a crown dependency the Isle of Man parliament and government have competence over all domestic matters, including education, however the structure and curriculum is broadly in line with that of UK schools and particularly the English national curriculum. Education is overseen by the Department of Education and Children and regulated by the Isle of Man Education Act 2001. As of October 2014 there were 6,358 pupils in primary schools, and 5,429 pupils in secondary education.[1]


The Old Grammar School, Castletown, used as a school from 1701 until 1930

Before 1675 there were no schools in the Isle of Man and any education was provided by the church. This changed with the arrival of Bishop Isaac Barrow, who established a school in every parish.

Education system[edit]

The education system in the Isle of Man is similar to the system used in England. Primary school consists of seven years, and secondary school of seven years. All five secondary schools in the Isle of Man have a sixth form centre.

  • Primary education
  • Secondary education


The Department of Education operates 32 primary schools and 5 secondary schools.[2] Among the primary schools, Bunscoill Ghaelgagh is the only school in the world where children are taught solely in Manx. Independent schools include King William's College and its junior school, The Buchan School.

Further and higher education[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Isle of Man Government - Age 5 to 16. Accessed 27 October 2016
  2. ^ Isle of Man Government - Education and Children. Accessed 27 October 2016

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