A student from Chester has been selected from thousands of applicants for a Headstart engineering course.

Megan Allpress, a sixth former at Abbey Gate College, will attend the five-day residential course at Imperial College London in June.

The aim of the courses are to inspire young people to choose to go into a career in engineering, mathematics or a science-based subject, as well as giving them the chance to experience university life.

During the course Megan will work as part of a team that will design a plane and test it in a wind tunnel, build and test a model bridge, and gain experience in hydraulics, computer aided design and mechanics.

Megan has remained very focused on her desire to study an engineering related subject and after achieving an array of high grades in her GCSE examinations, she became the college’s third recipient of the prestigious Arkwright Scholarship in four years and as a result has been sponsored through her sixth form studies in order to support her pursuit of a career in this field.

Megan was selected for sponsorship by the Royal Air Force and is already making the most of the Arkwright Fund’s widespread connections in higher education and industry.

Head of technology Dave Stockley said: “Studying maths, further maths, physics and product design has given Megan an excellent start in her desire to follow a career in engineering and we are confident that her academic ability, personality and drive will ensure that she continues to succeed highly. We all wish her well for her course in the summer and for the rest of her A Levels.”