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Arkwright Scholarship Awards

Three Y12 students from King Ecgbert School joined 415 of the country’s most talented students as they received an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship from one of the UK’s leading engineering programmes.

The successful applicants, who have all undertaken a rigorous, year-long application process, were invited to receive their accolade at ceremonies held at the Institute of Engineering and Technology in London and the International Conference Centre in Edinburgh. Scholars are selected for their potential as future engineering leaders by assessing their academic, practical and leadership skills in engineering disciplines. These are gauged through a process comprising of an assessed application form including a teacher’s reference; a two-hour, problem-solving aptitude exam; and a university-based interview.

Sarah Hale, Head of Chemistry at King Ecgbert School, who guided the students through their application said “We are incredibly proud of Freya, Matthew and Fred. This has been a tough, fiercely competitive process, they are now at the start of what we hope will be a successful career in Engineering.”

The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships is a programme from national STEM education charity, the Smallpiece Trust, which has been providing scholarships to students since 1991. The pupils will receive financial and mentoring support through their sixth form studies while offering access to a range of enrichment experiences such as industry conferences, Connect Days, residential courses and university VIP days. It is hoped to encourage them into top universities or higher apprenticeships as part of a drive to inspire future leaders in engineering.