Apioneering new scholarship has been awarded to four students from a Portsmouth sixth form.
James Hammond, Seth Jackson, Johnny Munro, all 18 and Luke Granger-Brown, 19, of Portsmouth Grammar School were among 540 pupils nationwide chosen to receive an Institute of Engineering and Technology scholarship.
The aim of the prize is to help promising students throughout their further education in the hope of creating the engineers of the future.
The entry criteria was not simple: entrants needed to achieve above 3 As in A-levels and secure a place on a top IET accredited engineering or technology course.
The four boys all have high aspirations for the future, and with the help of the scholarship they are one step closer, both financially and reputably.
Professor Jim Al-Khalili, BBC radio 4 broadcaster and Professor of Science is an ex-parent of the grammar school.
He said: ‘The IET bursary tells employers that these are future leaders in engineering and technology – the kudos is very important for the boys’ future careers.’
Alongside their academic prowess, the boys have an impressive collection of work experience.
James, who aspires to be an F1 engineer has worked at McLaren, while Luke participated in the ‘cybersecurity challenge’, in which he was instructed to find online security holes and test them – this resulted in his appearance on The One Show. James received two A* and two As and is going on to study engineering at Warwick.
Luke received two A*s, one A and two Bs and is going to Imperial College, London to read Computing.
Seth got two A*s and two Bs and is going to Loughborough to read innovative manufacturing engineering.
Finally, Jonny got two A*s and two As and is going to Bristol to read electrical and electronic engineering.
He added: ‘I’ve always wanted to do something with maths and science, and put something back into the community – build something people can use.’
Headteacher James Priory expressed his pride in the initiative of the boys to find and enter into the scholarship, adding: ‘We’re delighted that there is recognition of their achievement as sixth form pupils and as aspirant engineers, the experience they’ve gained is beyond just A-level results.’