Year 10 Triple Science enjoyed a trip to Heysham Power Station yesterday, it provided a fascinating insight into the workings of a nuclear power station and helped the pupils apply what they had been learning about nuclear fission as part of the G.C.S.E curriculum.
Upon arrival we were shown a presentation that explained the process of electricity generation using nuclear fuel, taking us through how the industry is regulated and the company’s plans for the future. The EdF staff were impressed at the pupils knowledge and the questions that they asked. We then had the opportunity to take a walk around the exhibition centre.
After lunch, we were taken on a tour to the top of one of the two power plants where we looked through viewing stations over both the nuclear reactors and control stations. We were treated to a view out to sea, which we learnt was a vital factor in the location of all nuclear power plants due to the amount needed for cooling and then back to ground level where we saw the enormous turbines and generators which produces the essential electricity.