School visits

School visits to our sites are currently unavailable until further notice. Read more about our response to the Coronavirus.

Make a splash with a free school trip to one of our education centres. You can visit our sewage treatment works in Didcot, Dartford, DeephamsKingston, Maple Cross and Slough, or our angling academy in Walthamstow. Each classroom is well-equipped for Key Stage 2 and 3 students.

We aim to give every single child a unique experience when they step on site. From fun, interactive lessons to informative tours of our wastewater treatment works, your students will learn all about the natural water cycle as well as the process water goes through before and after they use it.

Our experienced education team and trusted education partners can also tailor your session to your current school curriculum.

children learning at one of the Thames Water education centres

10am: Arrive onsite and hear some fun facts about water and what we do at Thames Water.

11am: Take a 45-minute outside walking tour of the site.

11.45am: Dive back into the classroom to take part in water workshops and peer learning sessions.

12:30pm: Fuel hungry little minds with a packed lunch in our classroom (please bring these with you).

1pm: Finish your school visit with a summary of your day, where your students can reflect on what they’ve learned.

2pm: Head home.

All our sites are unique, so these timings may vary. We’re more than happy to help arrange a shorter or longer visit if you need one.

After your school visit, we'll ask you to complete a short survey we can gather your feedback.

Before you book, here are a few top tips to ensure a smooth day: 

  • You can bring up to 32 children on each visit. For safety reasons, all children must be aged seven or over.
  • You’ll need to bring at least one adult per eight children. We may review this policy if your group has additional needs.
  • While our classrooms are easy access, our industrial sites can be a bit tricky for visitors with mobility issues. Most tours involve raised platforms and stairways. If you’re worried, please let us know in advance. 
  • Some parts of the tour are outside. Please make sure all your students are dressed appropriately for the weather. This includes close-toed shoes or boots, and no high heels.
  • 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.

Thanks for registering your interest to explore the wonderful world of water with us!

To book, please email us.

When contacting us, please let us know:

  • Which centre you’d like to explore
  • When you’d like to visit (please provide at least three preferred dates)

Our visits typically run from 10am to 2pm, but you can request a half-day visit if you’d prefer. 

Our centres can accommodate up to 32 children on each visit. For safety reasons all children must be aged seven or over.

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

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

Visit the Learning Outside the Classroom website