Lower Sixth’s James awarded Arkwright Scholarship

Lower Sixth student James Watts (OH4) is Tonbridge School’s latest recipient of a renowned Arkwright Engineering Scholarship.

Awarded to talented 16-year-olds following a rigorous selection process, these scholarships are aimed at inspiring and nurturing school-age students to be the country’s future leaders in engineering and industry.

Arkwright Scholarships also support students throughout the full two years of their A-levels. 

During his IGCSE studies in the school’s Design, Technology and Engineering (DTE) Department, James, pictured, gained valuable experience in engineering processes and problem-solving. His coursework provided further strong evidence for the selection panel of his commitment and potential.

Each Arkwright Scholarship is sponsored by a commercial company or other organisation: James is being sponsored by The Rochester Bridge Trust charity. The Trust encourages its scholars to share their enthusiasm for engineering by setting up activities within their schools, which the Trust supports by providing resources and speakers. 

The Trust also mentors scholars through the university application process, helps find work experience opportunities and lends support to school-based careers events.

Richard Day, the School’s Head of DTE, said: “We have a proud tradition of Tonbridge boys receiving Arkwright Scholarships, and I am thrilled with this latest success. It is an outstanding achievement by James, and I am confident that he has an extremely bright future in store.”

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