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Thames Water sewage treatment works tour

The secret life of sewers! A free educational trip like no other to one of Thames Water’s sewage treatment works.

Thames Water sewage treatment works tour

Make a splash with a free school trip to one of our real-life working sewage treatment works! Led by our experienced education team and trusted education partners, we offer a range of classroom activities along with a detailed tour of the site. Students can find out what happens when you flush the loo – and how we treat waste and recycle it safely back to the environment. 

Both the tour and accompanying classroom activities cover STEM learning as well as geography and the environment and can be tailored to support your scheme of work. We aim to give every single visitor a unique experience when they step on-site so our lessons are fun and interactive.  Students are encouraged to discuss and debate ideas around water and sewer use and take part in hands-on experiments to learn all about the natural water cycle as well as the process water goes through before and after they use it. 

Our tours provide a meaningful insight into the world of work and the opportunity to question employees about their career path while exploring a working sewage treatment works.  We strive for each site to be accessible to all students and recommend that teachers book a pre-visit if there are concerns around access and special needs. 

Each classroom is well-equipped for students from key stage 2, 3 and 4 and teachers can contact our team to ensure that the visit meets their curriculum needs.


Minimum of 10 participants, maximum of 32 participants per tour. 

Dates and Location

You can visit our sewage treatment works in Didcot, Dartford, Deephams, Kingston, Maple Cross and Slough, or our angling academy in Walthamstow. 


Sessions usually run from 10am (10:30am at Hogsmill) to 2pm but can be made shorter if required.


Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Energy and environment
    • Structures, construction and civil engineering
    • Mechanical engineering, systems and processes

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

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