Arkwright triple is a great success for KHS

The winning scholars, from left: David Sellars, Farhaan Saeed and Ryan Hope

The winning scholars, from left: David Sellars, Farhaan Saeed and Ryan Hope

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Kirkcaldy High School’s rector has expressed his delight that three of his pupils have been chosen to receive prestigious Arkwright Scholarships to help with their studies.

S5 pupils David Sellars, Farhaan Saeed and Ryan Hope have all been successful in their bid to secure funding through the programme which aims to promote engineering as a career in schools around the UK.

Derek Allan, head teacher at KHS says he is “very proud” of the boys’ achievement.

“Usually a school will do well to get one pupil selected, so for us to have three is a tremendous achievement, and I am delighted for them and for the school,” he said.

The Arkwright Scholarship Trust, an independent charity founded in 1991, encourages the most talented young people to consider a future in the field of design and engineering. It takes its name from the British innovative engineer Sir Richard Arkwright who harnessed water to power his mills.

The Trust is funded by industry, charitable trusts, related associations and individuals whose donations support scholars and the programme which encourages partnerships between education and industry to promote design and technology, engineering and science.

Mr Allan added: “The boys had to sit an aptitude test and interview at Heriot Watt University. The school’s success was down to terrific support from the teachers in the craft, design, engineering and graphics department, especially Mr Hamilton and Miss Robertson. The initial application cost was kindly sponsored by FMC Technologies of Dunfermline, and we are grateful for their support.”

The pupils will receive their awards at a ceremony in Glasgow’s Institute of Engineering and Technology tomorrow (Friday).