While Engineering UK notes that Britain still needs more students to enter the profession, Newcastle’s Royal Grammar School (RGS) is having a surge in potential engineers, with around 20 in the lower sixth alone.
RGS remains one of the leading schools in the country in terms of securing prestigious Arkwright Engineering Scholarships for its students, many of whom take part in the Engineering Education Scheme.
In 2015, more RGS leavers went on to study engineering-based courses at university than any other course.
Those with a keen interest in the subject at RGS are generously offered valuable experience, which, in recent years, has included civil engineering site visits with Owen Pugh, a tour of Ford Aerospace and special educational projects with Nissan to improve the production line.
The Newcastle-based Reece Foundation is also generously offering two fully funded sixth-form places at RGS from September 2016.
Applications for places are invited from boys and girls in maintained secondary schools who will be completing their GCSEs in summer 2016.
The successful candidates will be able to demonstrate a strong interest in and aptitude for engineering as a future career, will be predicted A or A* grades in maths and science subjects at GCSE, and will be prepared to follow A-levels in STEM subjects – equipping them for application to university engineering courses.
The Reece Foundation endowment will cover all school fees at RGS; the only additional costs will be school dinners, music lessons, extracurricular trips, and so on.
The school provides all books, exam entry fees and a host of extracurricular activities within the school fee.
Further information about Reece Scholarships can be found on the RGS website (www.rgs.newcastle.sch.uk).
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