Congratulations to Sixth Form pupil, Oliver Wood, who has been awarded the sought-after Arkwright Engineering Scholarship that identifies him as one of the Country’s future leaders in engineering and related areas of design.

Oliver had to 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 candidates’ flair and originality in solving engineering design problems. At the in-depth interview, 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 students 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.


The awards are highly contested; in 2017, there were over 1500 applications nationally and several international applicants, around 450 scholarships were awarded.  Oliver will receive some financial support to assist in his personal independent study in preparation for university and his future career.

The Scholarships will be formally presented at a ceremony supported by The Institution of Engineering and Technology at their Global Hub of Engineering at Savoy Place, in London during the upcoming October half term.