STUDENTS at The West Somerset Community College in Minehead have won a national competition for a short film they made about nuclear energy.

A team of six Year 10 students took part in the competition organised by the Nuclear Institute and sponsored by EDF Energy.

Their film, about young people’s perceptions of nuclear power in the Minehead area, was shown and voted on by delegates at a major international conference and exhibition on nuclear new build in London.

Schools in areas around the country where new nuclear power stations are proposed were invited to take part in the competition.

Four finalists were short-listed and their films shown at the conference.

Nigel Cann, station director at EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point B nuclear|power station, presented pupils with a cheque for £1,000 to spend on video equipment.

He said: “Well done to the students at The West Somerset Community College. It’s great to see them engaging with what is a very important subject.”

The presentation was followed by a workshop involving EDF Energy and about 25 students from the college and Danesfield Middle School in Williton.

They looked at EDF’s plans for a new power station at Hinkley Point and considered how it would affect them, the local community, climate change and the environment.