Student wins scholarship

Tadcaster Grammar pupil Sophie Kenyon who collected the Arkwright award. Picture by Wendy Binns.

Tadcaster Grammar pupil Sophie Kenyon who collected the Arkwright award. Picture by Wendy Binns.

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The invention of a child’s game has won a young aspiring student the prestigious Arkwright Engineering Scholarship.

Tadcaster Grammar pupil Sophie Kenyon, 16, is one of more than a thousand students who applied, but one of only 371 who were successful in securing the coveted Scholarship.

“This is a really good opportunity and will help me a lot in later life,” said Sophie who has secured sponsorship through Aero Engine Controls and who plans to follow in her sister Helen’s footsteps, a former student at Tadcaster Grammar School, and eventually study physics at University.

“I am so grateful to the Arkwright Scholarships Trust, Aero Engine Controls for their sponsorship and to Tadcaster Grammar School for giving me the skills to enable me to achieve this,” stated Sophie from Church Fenton.

The scholarship brings with it a £600 financial award over two years to the Scholar and £400 over two years to the nominating faculty within the school.

As well as submitting her invention, Sophie spent a day at Sheffield University involved in team-building activities and being put through her paces with a two-hour interview and exam.

“Sophie is a very worthy recipient of the Arkwright Scholarship and will go far in whatever she chooses to do in her future career,” said Andy Woodward, Assistant Headteacher, who first introduced the scheme at Tadcaster Grammar School in 2003.

Sophie will officially be presented with her Arkwright Engineering Scholarship at an awards ceremony in London on Friday November 1.