Oundle School pupils Oliver Starling, Jack Townend, Thomas Kirkup, Lucas Podmore and Henry Orlebar have each been awarded a much sought-after Arkwright Engineering Scholarship that identifies them as some of the country’s future leaders in engineering and related areas of design.
Scholars are selected for their potential as future engineering leaders by assessing their academic, practical and leadership skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). These are assessed through a rigorous selection process comprising: an assessed application form including a teacher’s supporting reference; a two-hour aptitude exam; and a university-based interview. The scholarships support STEM pupils through their sixth form studies and encourage them into top universities or higher apprenticeships.
The scholarships consist of an annual financial award to each scholar and their school, and a range of enrichment activities, such as mentoring and industry visits, that enhance a scholar's experience of engineering and technical design in a real-world context. Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are highly regarded by universities and industry and are one of the most prestigious accolades that a talented sixth form pupil can achieve.
Jon Baker, the new head of Oundle’s Patrick Engineering Centre, commented: “We are very proud of our Arkwright Scholars. An Arkwright Award helps open the gateway to an engineering career by putting the recipient in touch with sponsors and with everything that this collaboration can offer, giving them invaluable opportunities outside the classroom.”
Dr Martin Thomas, National Director of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust, said: “I am delighted to see pupils from Oundle School secure this prestigious accolade. Clearly, there is considerable technical talent in the Midlands. 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.”