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Last year we announced that Edward Hedger and Edward Grove had been granted Arkwright Engineering Scholarships for the duration of their Sixth Form. Once again, this year two St John’s pupils have been awarded this prestigious national scholarship.
James Blatcher (Lower Sixth, Montgomery House) and Oscar Pearce (Lower Sixth, East House) were delighted to find out at the end of the summer holidays of their scholarship and the companies that would be sponsoring them. This was the fruitful conclusion of a long selection process, which started when they attended interviews conducted at Imperial College (London) at Easter to assess their suitability for engineering. The two boys also had talks with various companies interested in acting as their sponsors and each had to submit a project they had undertaken in their Design and Technology classes.
James submitted an MP3 amplifier that he had designed and built. His ambitions, though, lie in the field of mechanical engineering and last year he successfully changed an engine on a land rover in his own time. Oscar, for his submission, designed and built two projects: firstly, a stereo speaker and, secondly, a half-pipe ramp for a skateboard course.
The next part of the process for them will be an awards ceremony in London in October to which scholars, parents and a staff member will be invited. Their achievement brings to 17 the total number of St John’s pupils who have received this scholarship since 2007.
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