Ewden Water Treatment Works

We're delighted to offer visits to our clean water treatment works at Ewden, Stocksbridge, North Sheffield.

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Key Stage 2

Our education centre is run by experienced staff. We offer a programme of free sessions for primary schools and additional sessions for secondary schools, universities and community groups.

There are two programmes currently available:

Half day visit to Ewden Water Treatment Works

A half day visit to Ewden water treatment works will include:

  1. Introduction 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. 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)

Sessions are 9.45am – 11.45am or 12.45pm – 2.45pm Tuesday to Thursday.

Please note that we can only take one class per session.

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Full day visit to Ewden Water Treatment Works with our WaterAid activity programme

A full day visit to Ewden Water Treatment Works with our WaterAid activity programme will include:

1. Introduction 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)

The afternoon focuses on the difference between communities in Ethiopia and the Yorkshire region. We will explore how villagers access their water supplies and the benefits of working with WaterAid to bring clean water and sanitation to those less fortunate. The sessions will comprise of activities from our WaterAid programme.

Sessions are 9.45am to 2.45pm Tuesday to Thursday.

Please note that we can only take one class per session.

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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 - 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 materials, states of matter, evaporation.
  • English - supporting writing, vocabulary and composition.
  • Maths - supporting number addition/subtraction, measurement and statistics.

Key Stage 3 & 4

Our education centres are run by experienced Education Advisers. Whilst our main offering is a programme of sessions for Key Stage 2, we are able to offer half day visits for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.

Half-day session at Ewden Water Treatment Works

A half-day session at Ewden Water Treatment Works will include:

  1. Safety introduction – including risk assessment, signage and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). (approx. 5 minutes)
  2. Revision of the water cycle and an introduction into where our water comes from. (approx. 15 minutes)
  3. Water treatment presentation - how we treat our water to provide clean drinking water, covers filtration and sterilisation. (approx. 20 minutes)
  4. Guided tour of the site with audio headsets (approx. 30 minutes)
  5. Wastewater presentation – what happens to your wastewater? (approx. 15 minutes)
  6. Activities - group work around two interactive sessions (approx. 20 minutes)
  7. Water savers and wasters. Which one are you? (approx. 5 minutes)
  8. Plenary and feedback session. (approx. 5 minutes)

A visit to Yorkshire Water supports the following Gatsby Benchmarks:

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers  The requirements of the national curriculum are embedded into our education centre visits. Students can visit our water treatment centre at Ewden to see these processes in action and observe, first-hand, a working treatment plant. See the role of the Process Engineers and take part in a discussion regarding other roles within Yorkshire Water.
5. Encounters with employers and employees  Your students will be visiting a place of work and will see for themselves what is involved in running a water treatment works. They will see how we use I.T. to deliver a service 24/7 and how technology supports the delivery of a quality product. They will see different job roles available in the workplace.
6. Experiences of workplaces Students  are offered the opportunity to visit our treatment works with the first-hand experience of a working environment. There is a safety discussion, risk assessment, PPE and workplace behaviour. Students will wear the appropriate PPE and tour the working site.

 

Sessions are 9.45am – 11.45am or 12.45pm – 2.45pm Tuesday to Thursday.

Please note that we can only take one class per session, and maximum group size is 35.

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Key Stage 5, Higher Education, Further Education and Adult visitors

Our education centres are run by experienced Education Advisers. Whilst our main offering is a programme of sessions for Key Stage 2, we are able to offer half day sessions for colleges, universities and community groups. All visits are by pre-arrangement and are for group bookings only. A minimum of 20 participants is preferred.

Half day visit to Ewden Water Treatment Works

A half day visit to Ewden Water Treatment Works will include:

  1. Safety introduction – including risk assessment, signage and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). (approx. 5 minutes)
  2. Overview of Yorkshire Water, including ‘Source to Sea’ abstraction and collection of water from the environment, water treatment, waste water treatment and our commitment to renewable energy. (approx. 30 minutes)
  3. Water treatment presentation - how we treat our water to provide clean drinking water; covers filtration and sterilisation. (approx. 30 minutes)
  4. Guided tour of the site with audio headsets. (approx. 30 minutes)
  5. Plenary and feedback session. (approx. 10 minutes)

Sessions are 9.45am – 11.45am or 12.45pm – 2.45pm Tuesday to Thursday.

Please note that we can only take one group per session, and maximum group size is 30.

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Joining us for lunch?

Take on our Waste Warriors Challenge!

If you are visiting us for the full day, we invite your group to take part in our Waste Warriors challenge. We'd like to challenge you to bring a lunch that uses as little amount of waste as possible. 

Read our Waste Warriors top tips

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Meet the team 

Senior Education Adviser

Helena

Helena

I have worked for Yorkshire Water as part of the Education Team since 2008, having previously worked as a Nursery Nurse, and before that as a Riding Instructor, so always educating in some format, which is what I love. It is a privilege to show customers of all ages (but especially children), around our works and tell them about the marvellous way in which their water is collected, treated and distributed. We can help our customers understand how and why it is so important to use our water resources carefully. My favourite part of the processes we talk about is sewage treatment, smelly but fascinating, particularly the emphasis on protecting our wonderful Yorkshire environment.

Education Adviser

Ann

Anne

I joined the Team in November 2017 after a teaching career of 35 years. For me, my role as an Education Adviser combines two things I enjoy, working with young people, and conservation and the environment. In my free time I enjoy walking my dog, cycling and running and growing my own vegetables (using water saved in water butts of course!).

Risk Assessments

Prior to your visit, we will send you a copy of our risk assessment. 

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.

Our primary school visits are usually 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 £100 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.

Ewden Water Treatment Works risk assessment form

Download risk assessment form

Access at Ewden Water Treatment Works

We aim to accommodate children of all educational and special needs, however as these buildings are all working sites, teachers are advised to read the following information before making a booking.

The education room is in the entrance to the treatment works and is easily accessible.The tour of the works includes a number of staircases and is not suitable for wheelchair access. Our education advisers are well prepared to adapt language and activities depending on the reading age and educational needs of the students in the tour group. Students with special educational needs are welcome. The education team will consult with you regarding the needs of your proposed group and make recommendations should there any concerns which would compromise health and safety on site. The visit is recommended for Year 4 upwards.

Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge 

Our education centre at Ewden has been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge.

This is a national accreditation, recognising the essential elements of provision - learning and safety. We achieved the LOtC Quality Badge by demonstrating that we offer good quality teaching and learning experiences and that we manage risk effectively.

This is an important achievement as it provides an assurance that we:

  1. Offer what we say we offer
  2. Take account of the needs of our users
  3. Place emphasis on 'learning/skills outcomes'
  4. Operate in a healthy and safe environment

Our Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge Certificate for Ewden

Download our LOtC Quality Badge Certificate

Book a visit to Ewden Water Treatment Works 

To avoid disappointment we recommend you book early!

Once a booking has been made, we'll offer you a resource pack and send you a pre-prepared risk assessment.

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