Mellissa Nolan, Georgia Semple, Holly Pearson, and Haley Williams are the latest four Pupils from Wirral Grammar School for Girls to be awarded the prestigious Arkwright Scholarship. The Scholarship is awarded for excellence in Product Design, Mathematics and Science to pupils who are considering a future in engineering.
Each pupil receives an award of £600 over the course of their A Level studies, but more importantly the status of being an Arkwright Scholar. Scholars are sponsored by major industrial companies and receive offers of work experience and sometimes offers of employment and even sponsorship through University. The Scholarships are respected by leading universities and companies and are supported by top engineering employers and organisations such as Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, National Grid, Balfour Beatty, Microsoft Research, Thales, The Royal Air Force, The Royal Navy and the Institution of
Engineering and Technology.
Pupils had to successfully 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.
Competition for a Scholarship is fierce with over 1,000 students applying nationally. 653 candidates reached the final interview stage and only 380 Scholarships have been awarded. It is a remarkable achievement for any pupil and school to be awarded a Scholarship in any one year. This is now the second time Wirral Grammar School for Girls has been awarded four scholarships in one year. Fifteen scholarships have now been awarded to pupils from Wirral Grammar School for Girls in the last eight years.
This success is unparalleled in the region.