A very generous donation from Mr John Hornibrook OBE FREng allowed the Academy to launch a grant scheme to promote engineering in high-performing schools in the 2013-2014 academic year.  While we are aware that high-performing schools already produce a high percentage of students who enter tertiary education, the proportion of these who actually go on to study engineering in the HE sector is low, with students instead opting for law or medicine.

The funding allowed the Academy to make available a limited number of grants to support an engineering enhancement or engagement activity for a group of students within these schools with the intention to encourage more students to study engineering.

For example, the award might fund:

  • a residential study visit to a university engineering department
  • a study visit to one or more locations or organisations to view cutting edge engineering first hand
  • participation in an engineering-based project or challenge

A total of 11 grants were awarded to the following schools:

  • Altrincham Grammar School for Boys
  • Derby Grammar School
  • Eltham College
  • Invicta Grammar School
  • King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford
  • King Edward VI School, Stratford
  • Norwich School
  • Skipton Girls’ High School
  • St Paul’s Girls School
  • Sutton Grammar School
  • The Harvey Grammar School

All schools will be submitting reports on their projects at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year.