North London students energised by visit to power station on the Kent coastline
25 pupils from two North London schools were given a VIP day at Dungeness B power station after they scooped the top prize in an EDF Energy competition.
Claremont High School in Harrow and the Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College in Harlesden joined the Big Energy Efficiency Project along with hundreds of other pupils from across the country.
Sally Cottrell, Community Investment Manager at EDF Energy said: “We want to encourage youngsters to think about energy issues from an early age so students were asked to come up with their own energy efficiency campaigns to inspire their families, friends and communities.
"The results have been fantastic and it’s great to celebrate with the winning teams with a special behind-the-scenes tour of Dungeness B power station.”
EDF Energy partnered with the Transformation Trust to develop the project and more than 7,500 students from 185 schools have taken part since the project launched in 2012.
Amy Leonard, CEO of the Transformation Trust said: “It has been wonderful to work with EDF Energy to equip young people with the skills to tackle topics such as energy efficiency and we hope they will continue to build on the skills they have learnt through the Big Energy Efficiency Project.”
The all-girl team from Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College won the Year 8 prize with their campaign titled ‘#Standby Off Friday’ whilst Claremont High School won the prize for Year 9 with their campaign ‘Lights, Energy, Action’
John Benn, Plant Manager at Dungeness B power station said: “It’s great to welcome the students to the station and show them how we generate safe, low-carbon nuclear energy for around 1.5 million UK homes.
“The Government has named 2018 as the Year of Engineering so I hope that the visit has inspired a few of the students to consider a career in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM).”
The power station is hosting a variety of STEM activities over the summer, contact the visitor centre for more information on 01797 343728 or firstname.lastname@example.org