Scholarship for Bassingbourn student

BUDDING engineer Jamie Stewart has been awarded a prestigious scholarship. Jamie, 16, a pupil at Bassingbourn Village College, has been selected to receive the Arkwright Scholarship, which is awarded to young people who demonstrate flair and originality i

BUDDING engineer Jamie Stewart has been awarded a prestigious scholarship.

Jamie, 16, a pupil at Bassingbourn Village College, has been selected to receive the Arkwright Scholarship, which is awarded to young people who demonstrate flair and originality in solving engineering problems.

He will now receive £250 per year to assist with the purchase of books and equipment as he studies engineering at A-level.

The school's technology department will also benefit to the amount of £225 each year for the next two years.


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He said: "I had to go to Cambridge University and undertake a design task, which was coming up with an idea for a moving statue for the 2012 Olympics.

"Then I and the other applicants had to do a group activity, where we had to design a bridge that was light but could carry a lot of weight.

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"I also had an interview with the panel of judges."

Jamie will officially be presented with his scholarship at a ceremony hosted by The Institution of Engineering and Technology at its headquarters in Savoy Place, central London, later this year.

After completing his GCSE's, he will attend Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge.

"I always wanted to be an engineer because I like hands-on work," he said.

"There are so many different types of engineering you can get involved with, and I think I'd like to be a mechanical or aeronautical engineer when I'm older."

Meanwhile, maths students at the school have achieved outstanding results in the recent UK Maths Challenge.

Students in Year 7 and Year 8 took part in the challenge, which involved completing a written exam, with 41 of them receiving awards.

The best in school award went to Jack Anderson, 13, who will now take part in the Junior Olympiad, competing against young maths master-minds from across the country.

Principal Scott Hudson said: "We are absolutely delighted with our students' success.

"It is a real reflection of the talents and abilities of students at the college.

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