CNS student receives prestigious Arkwright Scholarship for Engineering

A Year 11 student from City of Norwich School (CNS), Tim Hare, is celebrating after winning the Arkwright Engineering Scholarship, one of the most prestigious scholarships of its type in the UK.


The scholarship is named after Sir Richard Arkwright, the inventor of the water frame and the 'father' of the modern factory system, and was launched to inspire and nurture future leaders in Engineering, Computing and Technical Design.

The budding engineer had to go through a rigorous selection process to win the competition, including completing his own project at home, a two hour design exam and a full assessment day at Cambridge University.

He was selected to take part in the competition after making his own working radio in Product Design class at the academy. He is a member of the local amateur radio club and also led a live contact day the City of Norwich School hosted with British astronaut Tim Peake.

As part of the scheme, Tim will be partnered with a company and sponsored through his sixth form years and possibly beyond. He will meet up with the sponsors and gain invaluable insight into how they operate. 

Tim will also receive from the scholarship:

• A financial grant of £600
• A mentor who can provide advice and guidance about his future study and career development
• Access to wide variety of exclusive events run by partner companies, universities and trade associations
• Networking opportunities with like-minded students
• Access to an Arkwright Undergraduate Scholarship worth £12,000 for subjects in engineering, computing or technical design

The academy encourages participation in work experience and learning outside of the classroom through its Enrichment Charter. The Charter ensures that all young people across the OAT network have the opportunity to develop their skills, talents and character through a range of activities outside of the curriculum.

Tim Hare said:

"I’m really pleased to have won the competition, and I can’t wait to find out who my sponsor is. I’d like to thank all of my teachers who have helped me to achieve this."

Louise Ryan, Deputy Curriculum Leader for Art, Design and Technology at City of Norwich School, said:

"It’s amazing, we’re all really proud of him. The Arkwright Scholarship will give him the opportunity to do things that he wouldn’t normally get the chance to do and will open so many doors for him."