Students visited the Rampion Wind Farm headquarters in Newhaven today. Rampion is a member of the East Sussex County Council, Open Door 2017 project, which educates students about the huge variety of jobs and potential careers in the local area. Lewes councillor, Rupert Simmons also attended, praising the great work that Rampion have done and the opportunities they have created for local employment.
Students were shown videos explaining the construction of the Wind Farm and how the energy is transferred to the National Grid in Bolney. You can see all this information on the Rampion website, here:https://www.rampionoffshore.com/wind-farm/how-rampion-works/.
Rampion staff demonstrated the high levels of health and safety they have to adhere on a daily basis, maintenance work they carry out, the control center for all the vessels involved with the wind farm, including a ship/hotel for the workers. Students were also shown one of the many boats that takes the maintenance and construction staff out to the turbines. Finally a presentation about the eco side of the company and what education pathway and subjects are best suited for a career in the industry.
All the students enjoyed their visit and really appreciated all the amazing facts and knowledge that was presented to them. Year 8 student, Bradley Kingman, said “It was very interesting, I learnt there are 116 turbines which produces enough electricity to power 350,000 homes.”
The school is a national leader in sustainability and energy management generating around 70% of its heat and 20% of its electricity from renewable energy sources on site. Environmental Coordinator Stephen Green said “Our students know that renewables play a crucial role in our energy needs. Rampion demonstrates that this can be scaled up to provide a significant part of the electrical needs of East Sussex.
King’s Academy Ringmer would like to thank ‘Open Doors’ for the opportunity and Rampion for a superbly presented insight into the many facets of their business.