Design & technology

Barnabas Pickford - Arkwright Scholar

After Luke Garland’s success last year, we are pleased to announce that we have another Arkwright Scholar in our community - congratulations to Barnabas Pickford (L6 Burton).

To become an Arkwright Scholar, you have been recognized as one of the most talented STEM students in the UK. STEM meaning Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. To become an Arkwright Scholar means you are one of the “best of the best!”

Scholars are selected for their potential as future engineering leaders by assessing their academic, practical and leadership skills in STEM. These are gauged through a rigorous six month selection process. This starts part way through the Upper 5 year but you only become a scholar at the start of your Sixth Form studies. The selection process comprises an assessed, UCAS style application form, followed by a two-hour problem-solving aptitude exam. If you get through all that you are then called to attend an all-day interview at one of the top engineering universities around the country.

There are 30,000 eligible students from all over the UK and British Overseas schools. This year teachers endorsed the applications of 1494 students to which only 393 Scholarships were eventually awarded.

Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are highly regarded by the top universities and industry recruiters and are one of the most prestigious accolades that a talented Sixth Form student can receive.

Barnabas Pickford Arkwright 2018