Corporate Responsibility

Our education programme.

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During 2017/18 we’ve engaged with over 21,000 young people through our education programme, which provides a wide variety of activities for primary and secondary schools throughout our region. We seek to engage young people on key topics such as saving water and helping to avoid sewer abuse by reducing the amount of wet wipes, fat, oil and grease that people put down the drain. We also support students in understanding our business through site visits, workshops, talks and hands-on challenges.

A school visit to an operational site.

Schools outreach programme.

Last year we visited more than 125 schools to deliver talks and activities to enhance learning about our business. Our community speaker programme, delivered by our employee volunteers, reached over 5000 students. The network challenge, our award-winning engineering exercise, allows children to design, build and test a water network. Last year over 1700 children took part in this challenge.

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Our education centres.

We host school and community groups at our five education centres including the angling academy at our reservoir complex in Walthamstow. Two more centres are currently being constructed at Deephams and Long Reach sewage treatment works.

At our Walthamstow angling academy, over 500 young people visited the academy last year and enjoyed the opportunity to learn about water, the benefits of green spaces and the aquatic environment while learning to fish.

Our four education centres at Didcot, Hogsmill, Maple Lodge and Slough sewage treatment works provide a fun and informative education experience for school children, with over 3,300 pupils visiting last year. During their visits, they have the opportunity to carry out water and energy related experiments in our on-site classrooms and take a tour of the operational works. Click the link below to find out more:

Our educational partnerships.

Partnership is a key aspect of our Corporate Responsibility Programme, and in particular our education programmes across London and the Thames Valley.

Our charity partners range from environmental to engineering organisations and all help to support our objectives of reaching young people whether it’s by learning outside the school grounds or through an outreach activity within a school. This enhances the next generation’s learning about water and the environment, and inspires them to take more interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Last year, we worked closely with Groundwork South, The Earth Trust and ‘Get Hooked on Fishing’ to reach a bigger audience and help deliver school sessions at our education centres and angling academy.

We partnered with the Engineering Development Trust to deliver a range of activities including our award winning ‘Reservoir to Tap’ challenge. We partner with several education organisations via our community investment programme. Creekside Education Trust and Museum of London Archaeology both offer very unique experiences which help students to better understand the links between rivers and their water supply. We are proud to work with these trusted organisations to enhance the learning of our younger customers.