2010 will mark Falmouth Marine School's 50th year of teaching boatbuilding
As a site of education the School can trace its history back to 1825, when it was originally known as the Falmouth Classical & Mathematical School, providing education in Latin, Greek, French and Mathematics to the residents of a rapidly growing Falmouth Harbour.
After the Second World War in the early 1950s the school became a technical college offering its first boatbuilding course. In1980 it became Falmouth Marine School and part of Cornwall College providing as well as boatbuilding and engineering, marine science and watersports courses.
Today the College continues to teach students of all ages and levels the latest boatbuilding techniques in a hands-on and practical way. It is the only place where students can gain specialist training with access to dedicated workshops in both traditional and new wood techniques as well as in the latest range of composites.
Boatbuilding courses at the College take place both at the main site in Killigrew Street and at the workshop at Ponsharden in Penryn. Visitors to the College website can catch the day to day progress of students working on wooden boats on the Traditional Boat Restoration & Repair course at Ponsharden, on the boatbuilding webcam.
The majority of students on boatbuilding courses progress on to a higher level course after completing their qualification or go on to find work in the marine industry. Former graduates are working all over the country at amongst others Butler & Co, David Walkey Master Shipwright and Underfall Boatyard.