Repton School Engineering Students Win Scholarshps
Recently, three teenage students at Repton School, a private school in rural England, were awarded Arkwright Engineering Scholarships. As Arkwright scholars, they will receive financial support and mentoring throughout their time in prep school. This is a national scholarship program, and 400 recipients were selected. The three Repton School students, Henry Dunn, Phoebe Plant and Harry Scutt, were honored at a day-long festival in London and were accompanied by Repton School engineering and design instructor Mr Robert Kirkland.
Motivated by having so many of their students win Arkwright scholarships, the staff in the Repton School are now working with their classes to get ready applications for the 2020 scholarship year. Arkwright scholars are selected not only the basis of their engineering work and aptitudes but also on their leadership abilities. At this time, six Repton School students are preparing applications.
Centuries of excellence
Repton School was founded in the Sixteenth Century and has a long history of academic excellence, and the achievements of these Awkwright Scholars are very much in that tradition. Not only does the school produce many graduates that go on to successful careers in science, engineering and technology, it is also known for producing some of England’s greatest writers, politicians, journalists and entertainers.
The Repton Scholarship
In order to make its programs accessible, Repton School itself awards scholarships to deserving students to support their Repton experience. Perhaps the best known of these is the Repton Scholarship, which is awarded to students entering the school in year nine; all Repton students in this class are eligible to apply. A minimum of 13 scholarships are awarded every year.
The application process is very rigorous. Students who apply take a number of written tests in different subject areas and also sit for at least one interview. There are optional assessments in both Greek and Latin. Decisions are based on the applicants’ intellectual curiosity, independence of thought and also subject-matter skills. All applicants must take a standardized online test, and some applicants do a science practical.
Scholarships are granted within specific academic areas including design technology, drama, music and other disciplines. Scholarships are meant to award academic achievement and also to encourage recipients to continue down a road of lifelong learning. Students entering to Repton School who wish to apply for a Repton Scholarship may receive materials that explain the process in detail. They are encouraged to indicate their interest as soon as possible. Find out more about Repton School: https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/school/113009/repton-school/secondary