TWO budding boffins from Solihull School are celebrating after they both won the UK’s most prestigious engineering scholarship.
David Elliott and William Smith are to be sponsored and supported by industrial partners throughout their A-level courses after setting a new record for the school in achieving the rare feat of providing it with two Arkwright scholars in the same year.
The 17-year-olds, who both gained 10 A-grades in their GCSEs, achieved their success following a team aptitude test at Imperial College in London.
Phillip Griffiths, Solihull School headmaster, said he was delighted for the talented teenagers.
“We have had Arkwright scholars in our Lower Sixth and our Upper Sixth in the past, but this is the first time that the school has had two in the same year group. The achievements of David and William demonstrate the great strength of our design and technology department.”
The awards were presented by the Arkwright Scholarships Trust, which aims to encourage teenagers to take up engineering or technology careers.
And to coincide with the scholarships, the school has announced the purchase of a £9,000 SureCam Gryphon 3D router from Suregrave which will enable pupils to cut out large-scale product designs while seeing them manufactured.