Double success in national engineering scholarship

QE Year 11 pupils Priyesh Patel and Sam Catchpole-Smith have both secured places on the prestigious Arkwright Scholarship scheme for young engineers.

The Arkwright Scholarship is recognised as the flagship engineering accomplishment that pupils can achieve at Key Stage 4. Arkwright Scholars pass a rigorous selection process and are expected to act as ambassadors of the Design & Technology and Mathematics Departments in their schools.

Priyesh and Sam will personally receive £250 per year towards educational equipment in both years of the Sixth Form, while the Design & Technology Department receives £200 for each of them. Importantly, the Scholarship also provides them with close working connections to cutting-edge engineering firms.

QE’s Head of Design & Technology, Simon Vincent, said: “This is excellent news and a notable achievement on the part of Sam and Priyesh. It’s by no means easy to win places on this scheme, which is a nationally respected organisation that effectively provides students with a scholarship for both of their A Level years as well as offering help in their later careers.

“The links with engineering firms help build confidence in the Scholars, giving them a greater understanding of real-life working practices, which can be applied in their studies. These foundations are seen as being a major factor in ensuring that students continue their studies to a professional level.”