Inside the Workshop
Student at work
Student Sam Baldry
Student at work
Student Lars Lemonius marking out dovetails
Cabinet drawers
Cabinet drawers in English walnut and sycamore
Scribing arc with a trammel

The courses

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Teaching and tuition

Peter Quin, principal lecturer, has been a practising cabinet maker and teacher for 30 years.

Andrew Lapthorn, is a designer/maker who has run his own studio since graduating in 1982.

Mark Thomas is a designer/maker who works from his own studio in St. Leonards.

Paul Iaquaniello runs his own design and making business specialising in fine and fitted furniture.

Our school technician is also on hand to offer help and advice on all aspects of the course.


The full-time course leads to three professionally recognised Diplomas -  Level 2 Diplomas in Furniture Making and Machine Woodworking and a Level 3 Diploma in Furniture Making and Design.  All three awards are validated by the City & Guilds of London.

Small group sizes

These courses benefit from small group sizes that do not exceed eight students. This allows for personal one-to-one tuition.

Teaching environment

The teaching takes place in purpose-designed furniture-making and machine woodworking workshops, set on the beautiful Scotney Castle estate.


We offer a range of courses to suit the specific requirements of students. Whether you have no experience of furniture-making, or are looking to further your existing skills, we will work with you to develop the course to meet your needs.

Applicants of all levels are welcome, from the beginner to the more serious practitioner.

Find our more about the full-time and short courses