The Perse School

Lower Sixth physicists visit nuclear power station

25 Jun 2014

sizewellOn Monday, a group of 16 Lower Sixth physics students and three teachers visited Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station on the Suffolk coast.

The students had a chance to tour the UK’s only pressurised water reactor, including the iconic dome (which is 25% bigger than the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral), part of the containment structure with its metre thick steel-reinforced concrete walls. Following the tour, the students enjoyed a session with Colin Tucker, a Nuclear Safety Engineer at the plant, where they were able to ask questions relating to their study of nuclear fission as part of the A-level or Pre-U courses.

The Lower Sixth are in the process of making their university application choices, so this was also a valuable visit for those interested in taking physics or engineering at university.

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