School visits

Come and learn about the water industry by visiting one of our education centres, located on our wastewater treatment works.

The visits are free and are planned to give your students a unique experience. They'll have the opportunity to take a tour of the site and try out some practical workshops in our classroom. The sessions are led by our experienced education team or trusted education partners.

Visits are usually scheduled to begin at 10am. All our sites are slightly different and offer different opportunities, but every visit will involve an outside walking tour of the site which lasts approximately 45 minutes. There will also be a combination of workshops relating to water and the environment during the day.

We have a break at about 12.30pm for you to eat packed lunches in our classroom. Sessions usually finish at 2pm. We are happy to run half day visits if preferred.

While our classrooms have easy access, the nature of our industrial sites can create problems for visitors with mobility issues while on the tour. Most tours will involve raised platforms and stairways. If you have concerns please raise this with us in advance of the visit.

Please make sure you dress appropriately for the weather and the walking tour. We don’t allow heels or open toed sandals on the tour.

We have four education centres and an angling academy that you could visit, find your ideal location below and then get in touch.

Please feel free to ask us if there is something specific you would like to achieve from your visit, or you are interested in bringing a Key Stage 3 or 4 group.

To book, please email our education team on school.bookings@thameswater.co.uk

Please note:

  • We only offer visits to schools within the Thames Water region
  • Your party needs to have a minimum age of seven due to the nature of the sites
  • We'll ask you to complete a short survey after your visit so we can gather your feedback
  • We can accommodate a maximum of 32 children per visit
  • We require a minimum supervision ratio of 1 adult per 8 children. We may need to review this to ensure your safety if your group has additional needs.

Didcot

Located in South Oxfordshire, Didcot is in the heart of the Thames Valley. The treatment works is a short drive from the A34.

More about our Didcot education centre


Hogsmill

Near Surbiton in South West London, Hogsmill is well located for schools looking to make use of public transport. Berrylands Train Station is a short walk from the site.

More about our Hogsmill education centre


Longreach

Not far from Dartford on the banks of the Thames Estuary, Longreach is located to serve schools and communities to the east of London.

More about our Longreach education centre


Maple lodge

Located in Maple Cross near Rickmansworth. Easily accessible from Junction 17 on the M25, ideal for schools in North West London, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.

More about our Maple Lodge education centre


Slough

Close to Junction 6 on the M4, it’s a great site for anyone travelling from West London or the Thames Valley.

More about our Slough education centre


Walthamstow angling academy

Our dedicated facilities are fully accessible and offer a chance for young people to learn about water and the environment.

More about our Walthamstow angling academy

Our education centres have all been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.

This badge is awarded to organisations the offer good quality educational experiences and manage risk effectively.

Visit the Learning Outside the Classroom website