The renowned Arkwright Engineering Scholarships provide students with a £600 financial award to enhance their A-level studies and a range of activities to enhance their understanding and experience of engineering. The School will also receive £400. The Scholarships are respected by leading universities and industrial 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 SFIA Educational Trust.
Carl had to successfully complete a rigorous selection process consisting of a detailed application form, a two-hour aptitude exam and an interview hosted at a top engineering university.
The aptitude exam tested Carl’s flair and originality in solving engineering design problems. At the in-depth interview, Carl was asked about his career aspirations and had to discuss an engineering project he had conducted. During the interview day Carl took part in a team exercise to solve a hands-on engineering problem working with students he had never met before. Carl and his parents also toured the engineering facilities at the host university and explored the diversity of engineering and design careers and their importance to the UK economy.
The Scholarship will be formally presented at a prestigious ceremony supported by The Institution of Engineering and Technology later in the year.
Dr Martin Thomas, National Director of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust said: “I am delighted to see students from Newcastle-under-Lyme School secure this prestigious accolade. Clearly, there is considerable technical talent in the Staffordshire area. With the competition for rewarding jobs becoming ever-more fierce, the receipt of an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship can help dynamic young people at the start of their journey to be the country’s future leaders in engineering and related areas of design.
Record investment in the Stinton Library and Science building project promises to keep Science and Research right at the heart of the School and will be a superb addition, from which all current and future pupils will be able to derive great value. For the first time in a generation, all three sciences will be together in one building. Adjacent to these laboratories will be a new, expanded library, fit for the 21st century, in addition to much needed social space for our pupils.
This £3.5 million is the most significant capital investment in our infrastructure in the history of the School and I am very grateful to the Governors for their foresight in seeking to ensure that Newcastle-under-Lyme School continues to lead with first class facilities and an educational environment to provide the very best teaching and learning.