Max Farnsworth (16), Miles Podmore (16) and Hibiki Kono (16) from Oundle
School have been awarded prestigious Arkwright Engineering Scholarships at a
ceremony in London supported by the Institution of Engineering & Technology
and the engineering company BAE Systems.
Max, Miles and Hibiki were presented with their
Scholarships by Jonathan Firth, Director of Operations & Projects, Virgin
Galactic and met the organisations that are sponsoring their Scholarships.
Their Scholarships are respectively sponsored by Sir William Lyons
Charitable Trust - a family run trust started by Sir William Lyon, who started
Jaguar, which later became known as Jaguar Land Rover (Miles), The Reece Foundation which aims to support
aspiring engineers (Max) and The Ernest
The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships support young people from across
the UK who have the potential to be industry’s future leaders in engineering
and technical design. During their sixth-form studies, Scholars receive £600 to
support their technical courses and have access to a range of exciting
opportunities to learn more about engineering, such as mentoring and company
visits. The Scholars’ schools also receive £400 per Scholar.
are selected following a rigorous selection process comprising a detailed
application form, a two-hour aptitude exam and an interview hosted at a top
The Chief Executive of the Arkwright Scholarships
Trust, Dr Martin Thomas, commented, “This
year’s assessment process was extremely tough. Any secondary school can become
affiliated to enter students, and this year we had 1371 applicants competing
for just 371 Scholarships. The Oundle Scholars and all of our new Scholars have
absolutely phenomenal potential for future careers in the engineering
profession. Congratulations to Max, Miles and Hibiki!”
Max, who is studying Chemistry,
Maths, Physics and DT and a course in Russian is currently working on a few
projects which include repairing the body panels on a decaying Peugeot 205 and restoring
a vintage Raleigh bicycle.
who is currently studying Maths, Physics (Pre-U), Design Technology, Geography
and an EPQ extension course in which he intends to convert a Land Rover to run
on an LPG supplement to increase power, reduce emissions, and increase
efficiency, commented, “I hope to become
an Automotive Engineer and am currently working on a Land Rover Defender. I have
done a complete restoration and hope to have it drivable and finished by the
end of this academic year.”
Hibiki, who is currently studying Maths, Further
Maths, Physics and Design Technology commented, “I am currently designing a dive aid for my EPQ and a mechanism for ‘personal
flight’ during my DT classes. I plan to
studying mechanical or aerospace engineering at University.”
Head of Design and Technology at Oundle School,
Clive Humphreys commented, “The Arkwright
Scholarship Award offers a great deal more to the pupils than just the prestige
of winning. It is an introduction and gate way, with the sponsor, to an immensely
exciting career. We are very proud of all our Arkwright Scholars and the
talents they display.”
in the tradition long established by former Headmaster, Frederick Sanderson
(Headmaster from 1892-1922) the School’s Design and Technology Department goes
from strength to strength and has become recognised as one of the foremost
schools for science and engineering in the country.
Sanderson was appointed with the specific objectives of
reorganising teaching, introducing fresh subjects of study, and raising pupil
numbers and the status of the School. He succeeded in all these objectives,
establishing the science and engineering departments. He built new laboratories
and workshops, and introduced a co-operative method for engineering and other subjects.
He was an authority on hydrostatics and electricity.
Sanderson’s passionate desire was to give Oundle’s pupils
freedom to fulfil themselves and he directed that the laboratories should be
left unlocked at all times, so that pupils could go in and work on their own
research projects, even if unsupervised. The more dangerous chemicals were
locked up, “but enough was left about to disturb the equanimity of other
masters who had less faith than the Head in that providence which looks after
The same open door policy (albeit supervised!) applies to
the School’s workshops today, which are amongst the finest in the country,
filled with state-of-the-art machine tools which were Sanderson’s pride and
joy. Sanderson’s hatred of any locked door which might stand between a pupil
and some worthwhile enthusiasm symbolised his whole attitude to education.
Head of Design and Technology, Clive Humphreys commented,
“The Patrick Centre prides itself in
being able to facilitate pupils in all their engineering and design endeavors
allowing them to experiment and problem solve in a safe, well equipped
Design and Technology department is housed in three buildings collectively
known as the Patrick Centre (after former pupil Alex Patrick). The main body of
the department is centred in two of the buildings, providing large
interconnecting workshops and fabrication space with teaching areas and
machine shop equipped with manual and CNC engineering lathes/manual and CNC
• A hot metal area for casting, a forge and hearths for braising and soldering;
• Woodturning lathes and benches;
• A CAD/CAM room with four CAD/CAM routers, a 3D Printer, Laser Cutter and
dedicated computers with specialised industrial software to integrate IT skills
into all aspects of design and manufacture;
• Two computer rooms;
• A large dedicated welding area.
third building contains a second computer room, a design studio and a
microelectronics lab. All the areas are well equipped with hand tools and are
maintained by qualified technicians.
department offers the pupils the time space and skills outside the curriculum
to develop their individual paths with activities as varied as jewellery
making, woodturning, off-road go-carts, hovercraft and the manufacture of fully
road legal cars.
The School offers two Scholarships for Design and Technology, one at 13+
and one at 16+. Entry forms and further details are available from:
Mrs Helen Vincent
Oundle School, Peterborough, PE8 4GH
Telephone +44 (0)1832 277116
Fax +44 (0)1832 277119
Publicity and Press Relations Officer
Background Information on Oundle School
School is situated in the quintessentially English Market town from which it
takes its name. The School's buildings, dating from the seventeenth to the
twenty-first century, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large
extent, its campus.
School's history goes back to 1556 when Sir William Laxton, Master of the
Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded
the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876,
the Grocers' Company decided to divide the School into two parts: Laxton
Grammar School, mainly for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School,
mainly for pupils from further afield. However, to mark the new millennium, the
Governing Body decided to reunite the two schools under the common name of
Oundle School, with Laxton as a House for day-pupils.
School is now able to offer a range of educational possibilities to meet
contemporary needs: co-educational day or boarding education, with Laxton
Junior as a 4-11 day school, and Oundle School as a boarding and day school,
with entry at 11, 13 or into the Sixth Form.