Sixth form pupils from Ponteland High School expanded their studies with a trip to Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station.
During an afternoon tour, the 20 students and two staff were informed about how electricity is generated by the facility – one of eight such stations run by EDF Energy.
They also attended a lecture in the education centre.
Year 12 student Kara Chandler said: “We’ve been studying different methods of generating electricity as part of our AS Applied Science course, so visiting a real power station was a great way to learn about things first hand.”
Science teacher Will Close-Ash added: “We try to make sure that the practical applications of science are embedded into all our courses and giving students a taste of what happens in industry is an important part of developing their understanding and love for science.”