The Shipwrights’ Company has a long history of support to educational establishments and continues this today by providing grants to two schools in London and to twelve students studying at three universities. The Company also provides a link Governor at the schools, which are George Green’s School on the Isle of Dogs and the London Nautical School in Lambeth, and a Liveryman mentor at the universities which are Newcastle University, the University of Southampton and the University of Strathclyde.
Further details on the support to each establishment can be found below.
George Green's School
George Green’s School is a highly successful multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and multi-faith community school led by a dedicated staff on the Isle of Dogs in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and sits on the Thames, directly opposite Greenwich. The school was founded over 160 years ago by shipbuilder, and Shipwright, George Green and the connection between the school, the Green family and the Shipwrights’ Company has been maintained ever since. Click on the school's logo to the left and it will take you the the website.
Today the Shipwrights’ Company provides academic, practical and financial help to the school, grants annual sums to facilitate extra-curricular expenditure and has donated two mini-buses to the school. A member of the Shipwrights’ Court is a Trustee of George Green’s School Trust Fund, serving the school as a Foundation Governor, and the Prime Warden of the day routinely attends the annual Prize Giving ceremony.
For a number of years the extra-curricular grant awarded to the school has been used to fund a four day weekend residential trip on the Isle of Wight with UKSA for 20 pupils and 2 staff who participate in sailing and watersports activities. As part of the UKSA residential programme, students have the chance to participate in a range of on-water activities designed to boost self-esteem, water confidence and life skills, by pushing them out of their comfort zone in a safe and supportive environment. For many participants from George Green’s school this is a totally new but popular experience that is proving to have a really positive impact in terms of broadening their horizons.
The London Nautical School
The London Nautical School is a secondary school in Lambeth on the South Bank of the Thames in London and was founded in 1915, as a direct consequence of the official report into the loss of the “Titanic”. The school retains its nautical traditions, including flying the Red Ensign above the main entrance and students wear cadets uniforms, and it has a long history of young people going to sea. It is also a Specialist Sports College which focuses on small boat sailing, in which a number of pupils aspire to National Championships and beyond. The Shipwrights’ Company provides a Link Governor to the London Nautical School and the school's website can be reached by clicking on the logo to the right.
In 2012 the Shipwrights’ facilitated and supported the development of a nautical course at the school, specifically by funding a dedicated and qualified teacher of Maritime Studies. This was done in partnership with other donor organisations: Trinity House, The Baltic Exchange, Holman Fenwick Willan, Howe Robinson, Braemar Shipping Services and by using personal donations from individual Shipwrights’. The programme has been an unqualified success which has put nautical content back into the syllabus and linked the school back to its origins, whilst simultaneously widening the employment horizons for all pupils. Trinity House has since taken on full responsibility for funding the teacher who has developed three new maritime BTECs which include units directly aimed at careers in the marine and maritime sector. The latest version of the LNS publication Navigate can be found here: 1st_Edition_Navigate_23Oct2020-v2
The Shipwrights’ Company provides a Link Governor to the London Nautical School and makes an annual donation towards its extracurricular activities. In addition the Company responds to requests for assistance and has recently provided grants to enable the purchase of scientific instruments, sponsored the provision of folders which generated additional funds for the school and provided twenty tablets to enable disadvantaged students to work from home during the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
This Shipwrights’ Company makes a gift to Newcastle University to support undergraduate students ordinarily resident in the UK studying courses in Marine Technology within the School of Engineering with an annual bursary for three years so that every year three students are supported.
The awards are made based on a combination of each students’ academic ability and financial need and individuals are selected by the University staff in conjunction with the Shipwrights' mentor, a Liveryman of the Company who voluntarily assists the students. By clicking on the University's logo above you will be able to access the Marine Technology Department's website.
In addition the Company awards a £1,000 prize to the student studying on a MEng Marine Technology course in the School of Engineering who is the highest achieving student in their Stage 3 exams at the end of the academic year. The winning student is invited to London by the Shipwrights Company to receive a certificate from the Prime Warden at a Court Meeting and join them at a dinner attended by a large number of individuals from the Marine industry.
The University of Southampton
The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights supports three undergraduate scholarships at the University of Southampton with the chosen scholars being supported during their second, third and fourth years of studying for a MEng degree in Ship Science. The University advertises the undergraduate scholarship each year to students reading Ship Science during their first year of study and considers applications from talented students from less advantaged backgrounds. The Shipwrights' Company also provides a mentor, a Liveryman of the Company who voluntarily assists the university with the selection of bursars and provides addition support and guidance to successful students.
The Shipwrights’ Company also provides a £1,000 prize for the Best Performing Student in Part 3 of the MEng degree in Ship Science and that student is invited to receive their prize and a certificate from the Prime Warden at a Court Meeting followed by a dinner at which the prize winners from Newcastle university and the University of Strathclyde are also present along with a broad cross-section of people from the marine and maritime sector.
The University of Strathclyde
Each year the Shipwrights' Company supports six students from the University of Strathclyde with bursaries: three Shipwrights' Bursaries and three Denholm Bursaries.
The Shipwrights' Bursaries awarded to support scholarships for students studying in the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering during their second, third and fourth years. Bursars are selected based on a combination of academic ability and financial need and individuals are identified by the University staff in conjunction with the Shipwrights' voluntary mentor at the University, who is a Liveryman of the Company. By clicking on the University's logo to the left you will be able to access the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering's website.
In 2017 the Shipwrights' Company received a very generous gift from J and J Denholm Ltd, a famous Glasgow family shipping company with close associations with the Shipwrights. The general purpose of the Scholarship is to provide opportunities for students from less advantaged backgrounds to study in the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering (NAOME) and, in contrast to the Shipwrights' Bursaries, students in their first year of a four BEng or five year MEng are eligible to apply for the scholarship if they come from low income backgrounds.
The Company awards a £1,000 prize to the student studying on a NAOME degree who achieves the highest grades in their penultimate year's exams. The winning student is invited to London by the Shipwrights Company to receive a certificate from the Prime Warden at a Court Meeting and joins the Company and the prize winners from Newcastle and Southampton at a dinner attended by a large number of individuals from the Marine industry.
The Abram Travel Bursary provides grants for selected students from the University of Strathclyde Department of NAOME to fund opportunities to travel and take work placements during summer vacations. The bursary is possible thanks to the generosity and vision of a Liveryman.