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Education centres Headingley Education Centre Ed Balls

We've education centres across the region at fully operational sites where children can learn about the water cycle, the environment and how we ensure Yorkshire has a constant supply of fresh drinking water.

They're fun, thought provoking, engaging and free!

Our education centres at Headingley, Esholt and Ewden have been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge.  Click here to find out more.

Book a class trip to one of our education centres

We've centres at the following locations:

  • Headingley Water Treatment Works, Leeds
  • Esholt Waste Water Treatment Works & Environmental Visitor Centre, Bradford
  • Ewden Water Treatment Works, North Sheffield

Visits to Headingley Water Treatment Works and Esholt Waste Water Treatment Works are combined - children will see how water is cleaned and put into the supply network at Headingley, before visiting Esholt to see where it ends up once they've used it in their homes and how we return it safely back into the environment and back to the .

Book a school trip to one of our education centres.  Call us on 01274 692426

Educational and special needs

We aim to accommodate children of all educational and special needs, however as these buildings are all working sites teachers are required to read our information before making a booking.  More >

Making a booking

  • If you'd like to check the availability of our centres use the links at the top of this page. 
  • During the summer we offer a limited number of full day sessions at Ewden. Please phone us to make your booking. Alternatively, please send an email to
  • To avoid disappointment we recommend that you book early.
  • Once a booking has been made, we'll send you a resource pack.  This will include a pre-prepared risk assessment.

Additional Information

Prior to your visit we will send you a full pack of resources for the day, including a copy of our risk assessment. This information pack will be sent to you towards the end of the term preceding your planned visit.

Please note that you will be visiting an operational site and on very rare occasions there may be circumstances that cause temporary suspension of visits. This would be very unusual and if we became aware of any instances, you would be informed at the earliest opportunity.

The visit you have booked is free of charge, but please be aware that should you cancel with less than 3 weeks notice, we regret that we will have to charge a cancellation fee of £50 per session.

We do not charge cancellation fees in circumstances where there are bad weather conditions which would either (a) prevent you getting to our sites or (b) cause health & safety concerns during your visit. Should cancellations occur due to bad weather conditions, or for operational reasons out of our control, we will work with you to rebook your session at a mutually convenient time.

Should your group have any specific needs in terms of access, please let us know as soon as possible.

Wheelchair access is possible at the majority of our sites, though there may be areas which cannot be assessed, Visitors will still be able to hear the tour description through the use of individual headsets.

Please note that the Esholt tour is conducted via an 19 seater minibus therefore your group will be split into two groups.To accommodate a wheelchair on the tour, there will be a reduction in the amount of seats available.


Risk Assessments

The Education Centres have been fully risk assessed. You can now download a copy of the forms before your visit by clicking one of the below.

Headingley / Esholt


Our Key Stage 2 programme - Programme guide

Our education centres are run by experienced staff.  Sessions are free and last for two hours.  The Headingley/Esholt visit includes a morning and an afternoon session.

On arrival at our water treatment works you'll be greeted by one of our staff and the fun will begin. The visit will include:

  1. Baddies in the WorksIntroduction to the water cycle and where our water comes from.
  2. The 'Baddies in the Works' presentation - how we remove the 'baddies' from the water we treat. (approx. 10 minutes)
  3. A guided tour of the site with headsets (approx. 40 minutes)
  4. Activities - group work around six interactive sessions (approx. 40 minutes)
  5. Water savers and wasters. Which one are you? (approx. 10 minutes)
  6. Plenary session. What have we learnt? (approx. 10 minutes)

Children will be able to get hands on - conducting exciting experiments and working on a series of projects that help explain the water cycle and what we do with water to make it safe to drink. We also give out resource booklets so the learning can continue when you get back to the classroom.

A visit to Esholt Waste Water Treatment Works will include:

  1. Introductory presentation. What is waste water? How do we treat it? (approx. 10 minutes)
  2. A guided tour of the site with headsets (approx. 45 minutes)
  3. Laboratory activities - interactive group work around subjects such as flooding, bugs, energy and fats, oil & grease. Models using water to demonstrate flooding and renweable energy (approx. 45 minutes)
  4. Louie the Loo (WaterAid)
  5. Plenary session (approx. 10 minutes)

Our programmes have been developed with the help of school teachers and cover key elements and targets of the national curriculum at Key Stage 2. These include:

Geography - Key Stage 2 targets - human and physical geography, water cycle, distribution of natural resources including water, locational knowledge of coasts and rivers, topographical features.

Science - Year 4 - states of matter, evaporation and condensation in the water cycle, living things and their habitats, human impact on the environment.

Science - Year 5 - properties and changes of materals, states of matter, evaporation.  

English - supporting writing, vocabulary and composition.

Mathematics - supporting number addition/subtraction, measurement and statistics.

We offer bespoke visits for Key Stage 3 and 4 supporting key elements on environmental impacts and energy. Key topics include anaerobis respiration, organisms and their environment, energy resources, use of natural resources and natural systems - to make a booking please ring the education team

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