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Pupils Awarded Prestigious Arkwright Scholarships

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Abigail Howells and Jamie Glaisher have each been awarded a sought-after Arkwright Engineering Scholarship that identifies them as some of the country’s future leaders in engineering and technical design.

The renowned Scholarships provides pupils with a £600 financial award to enhance their A level studies and a range of activities to develop their understanding and experience of engineering. The Scholarships are respected by leading universities and companies, and are supported by top engineering employers and organisations such as Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, National Grid, Balfour Beatty, Microsoft Research, Thales, The Royal Air Force, The Royal Navy and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. The Scholarships are also funded by charitable donors including, principal donors The Reece Foundation, The Lloyd’s Register Foundation, the Gannochy Trust, the Dulverton Trust, the Emmott Foundation and S.F.I.A Educational Trust.

Abigail and Jamie had to successfully complete a rigorous selection process, consisting of a detailed application form, a two-hour aptitude exam, and an in-depth interview hosted at a top engineering university.

Their flair and originality in solving engineering design problems were put to the test during the selection process. The candidates were asked about their career aspirations and had to discuss an engineering project they had conducted. During the interview day the candidates took part in a team exercise to solve a hands-on engineering problem working with pupils they had never met before. Candidates and their parents also toured the engineering facilities at the host university and explored the diversity of engineering and related design careers and their importance to the UK economy.

Commenting, Head of Design Technology, Jason Grindle, said: “Abigail and Jamie are exceptional pupils who, by being selected for this award, have proven their aptitude for understanding and applying engineering principles.They bring the number of King’s pupils to have been awarded the Arkwright Engineering Scholarship to thirteen and we are as equally proud of them as we were of our first pupil who was awarded it in 2004.”

Abigail and Jamie will be presented with their scholarship certificates at a ceremony held later this year at the Institution of Engineering and Technology in London.

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King’s College makes a limited number of awards to candidates who are about to enter the School in Year 9 (13+) or into the Sixth Form (16+). These awards recognise excellence and potential in a range of areas of importance to the School. All awards are made on the basis of open competition. All awards carry clear expectations of involvement and achievement and all are subject to annual review.

Our scholarships include: Academic; Music; Sport; Art; Drama & Performing Arts; and Design Technology.

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