Education centres

After careful consideration of Public Health England advice, we have taken the decision to cancel visits to schools, visits to our Education Centre at Chelmsford, and attendance at events.

Our number one priority is the safety of those we work with, including school staff, children and their families. As each Education team member may visit four or five schools in a week, we believe this is the right time to suspend the Education Programme.

We look forward to working with you in the future and will contact you as soon as our programme restarts. 

Please take a look at our free downloadable resources below.

Come and visit our purpose-built education centre at the Chelmsford water recycling site in Essex at no charge. 

During your visit, you’ll tour the water recycling site, see and smell how sewage is recycled into clean water, fun interactive sessions in our well-equipped classroom provide an exciting range of experiences to bring the water topic to life for your pupils. Sessions are led by a qualified teacher and link to the school curriculum. We’re also happy to design a specific programme for your needs.

We cater for year 2 upwards, special needs groups are welcome and disabled access is available. Our secondary and further education sessions cater for GCSE, AS, A-level and BTEC students, plus young apprentices.


Our education centre at Chelmsford has been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality badge and sessions are supported with online pre and post work resources. If you’ve booked a visit, why not send parents our letter template so everyone knows what to bring.


You can also visit our environmental education centre at Egleton Bird Watching Centre, Rutland Water.


Booking Chelmsford

If you’re interested in booking our Chelmsford education centre, complete the classroom enquiry form and one of our team will contact you to discuss your requirements and availability. Find out if our Community Education Team is in your area.


Here are our Chelmsford Education Centre Risk Assessments. Prior to the centre re-opening these risk assessments will be updated according to the latest Government COVID-19 guidance.


a.    Risk assessment - site tour

b.    Risk assessment - classroom activities

c.    Risk assessment - working on site


To find out more about the running of a usual day visit to the Water Recycling Centre have a look at the Key Stage 2 outline.


Outline of day visit to Chelmsford water recycling site KS2

Process leaflet at Chelmsford water recycling site

Process leaflet at Chelmsford water recycling  site, part 2


Teacher Columbus School and College

“Everything was tailored to my students needs. They were focused throughout the visit. The students didn't stop talking about the visit - even when they were going home they were thanking me for organising it. A sign of a good trip!!! Many many thanks!”