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Posted on: March 12th 2019

Prestigious National Awards for Chesham Grammar Students

Three students from Chesham Grammar School have been honoured by one of the UK’s leading engineering programmes. Currently studying in the Sixth Form at CGS, Henrietta Evans and Matthew Redlich achieved a coveted Arkwright Engineering Scholarship and Tobey Spriggs is recognised as an Arkwright Associate. Their former classmate in GCSE Engineering, Ben Harris, was also awarded an Arkwright Scholarship. These students join last year’s Arkwright Scholars at Chesham Grammar, Aoife Ward and Tom Bain, in receiving this award as part of a drive to inspire future leaders in engineering.

CGS Headteacher Annmarie McNaney said, “I am hugely proud of our hard-working and ambitious students, who have once again shown their commitment to achievement in their field of study. Our Engineering teachers inspire and develop students to the best of their ability, and these prestigious awards are well-deserved.”

Subject Leader for Engineering Mark Harvey added, “We are delighted that our engineering students have been recognised again this year by the Arkwright Scholarships. The technology and engineering curriculum at CGS encourages a creative and problem-solving approach to learning, which is an excellent base for future success in any university course or future employment.“

The talented group from CGS, aged 16-17, were presented with their accolades at aerospace-themed ceremonies at the Institute of Engineering and Technology. Those honoured from schools across Great Britain were handpicked from 1,600 hopefuls who applied for the scholarship in 2018 following a rigorous selection process, which assesses their academic, practical and leadership skills in engineering disciplines.

Dr Kevin P Stenson, chief executive of the Smallpeice Trust, the UK’s leading national STEM education charity that runs the scholarships programme, said: “This year has seen an incredibly talented group of young people become scholars. We are also immensely proud to see a large number of girls taking part in the programme. It is vital to the future of the UK engineering industry that we nurture these talented individuals to fulfil their potential as future leaders.”

Founded in 1991, the Arkwright Engineering Scholarships programme aims to identify, inspire and nurture future leaders in engineering. Only the highest performing students from all educational backgrounds are selected following assessments including a two-hour aptitude exam and a university-based interview. Those who succeed receive academic and financial support during their studies. As part of the scholarship, students gain access to a range of enrichment experiences such as conferences, Connect Days, mentoring, residential courses and university VIP days.

Aoife Ward, who received the award last year at CGS, said, “The Arkwright Scholarship has been very inspiring as I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many people and attend really interesting courses.”  She now plans to continue on to university to do a degree in engineering.  Harvey Allsop, awarded an Arkwright Scholarship in 2016 while a Sixth Form student at Chesham Grammar School, has been accepted into the prestigious Dyson Institute of Engineering & Design. Allsop is now part of the cutting-edge global engineering team at Dyson, while working toward his Bachelor of Engineering degree awarded by Warwick University.

Back in the 2018 group of students, Matthew Redlich agrees that Arkwright is a fantastic opportunity.  He said, “I’m honoured to have received the scholarship and I’m very excited to get stuck in with all the incredible opportunities that the award presents.” As the latest cohort of talented young Chesham Grammar School students embark on their year ahead supported by the Arkwright Awards, they look forward to an exciting future.

For more information please contact:


Martha Ware, Development Director, Chesham Grammar School /office 01494 782854 extension 247/ mobile 07850738187


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