Warminster School became an Arkwright Scholarship Trust Affiliated School in 2014. The Trust is a registered charity that administers the most prestigious STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) scholarship scheme of its type in the UK. Less than two years later we are pleased to announce our first Arkwright Scholars, Cassandra McCormack and Xander Veitch.

The trust identifies and encourages future leaders in engineering and related areas of design. They do this by awarding Arkwright Engineering Scholarships,  through a rigorous selection process, to high-calibre students in Year 11 from across the UK. These Engineering Scholarships support students through their A Levels and encourage them to pursue engineering or related areas of design at university.

The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are sponsored by industrial companies, universities, charitable trusts, trade associations, professional engineering institutions, the armed services and personal donors. The sponsors become individual partners with the successful applicants where a full programme of enrichment and residential courses is provided.

After the lengthy process of nomination, application, examination and interview the two successful students from this year, Cassandra and Xander have each been introduced to their sponsors, T H White and Rolls Royce Control Systems, at the start of their A Levels. They were formally presented with their Scholarships at a ceremony hosted by the IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology) in London in October.

Mr Rossiter, Head of Design Technology, commented, “Many congratulations to Cassandra and Xander. They will both spend time working with their sponsors to develop their understanding of the engineering sector. In addition they will spend time inspiring the younger pupils at Warminster School in the hope that they too will be inspired to apply for the Arkwright Scholarship programme”.