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Thames Water Education Centre - Tour for Schools

Thames Water have a guided tour for schools which shows where waste water is treated, and an interactive workshop showing how it all works. A perfect trip for any topic linking to water or the environment, or for those looking for a day out with a difference! Our activities have excellent links to a variety of national curriculum subjects. Tours are free for schools who are Thames Water customers.

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You can contact our education team on 07747 645 090 or


Affinity Water Education Service April 2016

KS1 to KS5 STEM and Geography Curriculum linked programmes

Have you ever wondered where the water in your tap comes from and how Affinity Water applies Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to produce millions of litres of safe drinking water every single day? Can you make the tough engineering decisions that will ensure that 3.5 million people have water in their taps tonight? Perhaps you want to learn about the important role rivers play in supporting life? Or what you can do to help save our precious water resources? Maybe you want to investigate the minibeasts and bugs living in our woods and ponds?

Affinity Water’s Education team deliver practical and engaging learning experiences, designed to really enrich the school curriculum.

A member of our Education Team can visit your school to lead one of our in-school education programmes or you can visit our Education Centre in Bushey Heath and choose from a range of activities.

We cater for KS1 – KS5 students. The main topic areas we cover are:

  • Water as a natural resource, including water resource management
  • Rivers and their catchments, including catchment management
  • STEM in the water industry
  • Living things and their habitats, including freshwater and terrestrial habitats

Please contact us for more detailed information:

Phone: 0208 420 5864
Address: Education Centre, Windmill Lane, Bushey Heath, WD23 1NB

Free STEM Design Challenge Sessions for schools in Herts and Bucks (April 2016 – February 2017)

Want to know how Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are used to produce and supply 900 million litres of drinking water every single day?

Book a FREE STEM design challenge session for your school with Affinity Water’s Education team.

What’s included?

  1. Free assembly (either to whole school or selected group / class)
  2. Free 1 hour taster session with one class / group (max 35 students):

KS2 – Water Design Challenge Activity:

Students gain knowledge of the amount of water that common activities use. They will take part in a variety of interactive activities which will help them understand practical ways to save water and to apply this knowledge to design a water saving device.

KS3 – KS5 – Water Supply Challenge Game:

This fun, interactive game challenges teams to design, build and test a water supply network, simulating a real life water engineering project. Students identify the logistical challenges posed in getting water to everyone’s home, school and community.

How to book your FREE session: Contact us and quote the promotional code FREE STEM DESIGN CHALLENGE ( or 0208 420 5864)

Offer valid: April 2016 – February 2017 (T&Cs apply)

Primary Schools

Water Saving Squad in Schools – an exciting FREE education programme.

Water Saving Squad in Schools is a curriculum-linked programme for Primary Schools. The programme is led by students and empowers them to take action to save water in school and at home. All activities are free of charge.

An Affinity Water Education Officer provides tailored support to staff and students at school. Schools will participate in a programme of water saving activities aimed at changing behaviour. Schools develop a student action team, who take the lead on investigating why it’s important to save water and how water is used at school and at home. They use this research to develop their own water saving campaign tailored to their school community.

The programme is cross-curricular and links to following national curriculum subject areas: Geography, English, Mathematics and Science.

What schools say about the programme:

“It was a fantastic experience that all the children enjoyed. It was important that it was based on actual data collected from our school community as this gave children a real purpose for what they were doing and made it relevant. I would recommend to anyone interested in promoting eco-friendly habits or anyone applying for the Green Flag award as this helped us to plan strategies to target our water usage.” Howe Dell School, Hatfield

FREE Water Saving Day

If you are unable to take part but would like a FREE interactive Water Saving Day, featuring a water saving assembly followed by in class interactive quizzes, please get in touch to find out if your school is eligible.

Water Saving Squad in Schools is part of a wider Water Saving Programme delivered by Affinity Water, to ensure we have enough water to supply a growing population.

Secondary Schools

A STEM based, water saving initiative for key stage 3

Challenge: Water is a FREE exciting secondary schools programme that encourages young people to use their creativity and skills to develop innovative solutions to water issues in their area, as well as globally.

The programme has been developed by WaterAid in partnership with Affinity Water. This exciting key stage three initiative provides young people with the opportunity to collaborate and create innovative solutions to water and sanitation issues, by developing a product and behavior change campaign, whilst competing against other schools in their area.

It aims to get school students interested in and involved with saving water and improving the sustainability of their school and local community. Students will also gain insight into the importance of water worldwide and learn about the range of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects open to them, through hands on experience.

The programme concludes with a celebration and judging event where all teams have the opportunity to showcase their ideas to a panel, hear a range of inspiring speakers and meet others to share their Challenge: Water experiences.


FREE Water Saving KS3 Workshop - Every drop counts

If you are unable to take part in Challenge: Water we can offer your school an interactive one hour workshop targeting KS3 students. Students discover where our water comes from, the increasing demands on water and how we can save water at home through a range of exciting, hands on activities.

For more information or to get involved in our FREE water saving education programmes Places are limited, but if you would like to find out if your school is eligible or would like more information contact:
Phone: 020 8420 5864

Funding up for grabs!

Schools, community groups and charities can now apply for funding from the Affinity Water Community Engagement Programme. Organisations can now request support from Affinity Water, particularly for projects which support sustainable water use, have a positive environmental impact and help disadvantaged groups in the community.

Adam Warner, Community Stakeholder Manager said: “Affinity Water is a community-focused organisation serving local people and we want to be involved in projects which benefit the communities we serve. We want as many organisations as possible to have the chance to benefit from this programme and we encourage them to visit our website to apply.”

Applications are open to organisations within the Affinity Water supply area and will be reviewed by a team of people from the company after the closing date of 31 May. Applications must be for specific projects not general fundraising.

Further information on organisations that have already benefitted and an application form can be found on the Affinity Water website: