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.
- PSHE - Climate change - Helping students to understand how small changes they make at home, or in school, can make a big difference to our planet and help to reduce everyone's impact on the environment.
- Eco Schools - If you are already an accredited Eco-School or on your way to becoming one, water is of course one of the 10 topics you can choose from within your school’s project!
What better way of giving your students an understanding of the importance of water than planning a visit with us to talk about ‘all things water’.
We cover many of the requirements of the Eco-Schools Green Flag questions / requirements for Eco School Status, such as helping your students understand how to save water and not waste water, as well as topics such as what should or should not go down the toilets, helping them to understand how small changes at home or in school can really help our planet.
For more information about this, visit Eco Schools website at: https://www.eco-schools.org.uk/ten-topics/water/
Half-day session at Headingley Water Treatment Works
Half day visit to Headingley Water Treatment Works
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 so students are exposed to sustainable food choices and recycling.
Senior Education Adviser
I have worked as an Education Adviser since we opened our Education Centre in Leeds in 2002, but began my career working for Yorkshire Water in bacteriology and studied microbiology. My main role is delivering guided tours around our treatment works but I also deliver outreach sessions to local schools where the emphasis is the importance of our most precious resource, water. I enjoy working with young people especially when they ask lots of questions. I love seeing their faces when we take them around our treatment works to see all the processes water passes through to produce crystal clear Yorkshire Water! In my spare time I enjoy organising cycle rides around our beautiful county.
After teaching Science in secondary schools for 23 years, it is really refreshing to take learning outside the classroom. I love meeting new groups each day and seeing how fascinated they are when they realise how much goes into treating their water. Getting out and about with outreach is fun too, being a visitor and bringing something different into your classroom.
I joined Yorkshire Water after spending 11 years working in inner-city high schools in a pastoral role as a non-teaching Head of Year. Education has always been a great passion of mine and my motto has always been, “I’m in it for them [young people].” I love the variety of meeting new groups in our centres and whilst visiting schools on outreach and imparting knowledge all about the most important substance on earth, water - Yorkshire’s finest!
Location & Risk Assessments
The address of our Education Centre is Headingley Water Treatment Works, Otley Road, West Park, Leeds, LS16 5LG. The entrance is located next to The Village Hotel on Otley Road.
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.
Headingley Water Treatment Works risk assessment form
Access at Headingley 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 reached by two flights of stairs and the tour of the works will involve a small amount of walking. A lift is available on site for visitors with limited mobility or wheelchair users. If members of your group have any specific needs, please let us know when we confirm your booking date.
Our education advisers are well prepared to adapt language and activities depending on the reading age and educational needs of the children 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 Headingley 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:
- Offer what we say we offer
- Take account of the needs of our users
- Place emphasis on 'learning/skills outcomes'
- Operate in a healthy and safe environment
Our Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge Certificate for Headingley
Book a visit to Headingley 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.