Anglian Water’s community education team and local school children are celebrating the 10 year anniversary at Chelmsford Water Recycling Centre’s education centre this week.
Since opening back in 2007 the purpose-built education centre based on the Anglian Water’s water recycling centre has welcomed more than 22,000 people through its doors and remains ever popular with schools and community groups who want to learn about the water cycle, environment, efficiency and climate change.
Across the region every year Anglian Water education team sees around 24,000 children at its two purpose-built education centres in Chelmsford and Leighton Linslade, and through its education outreach programme in schools.
A visit to an education centre gives children and adults the opportunity to discover the sights, sounds and smells of a water recycling centre, while fun, interactive sessions in well-equipped classrooms host an exciting range of experiences to bring the water topic to life.
Marcia Davies, Anglian Water’s Education manager said: “Water is a precious resource and with the future holding challenges such as climate change and a growing population it is vitally important for future generations to be engaged and informed on water sustainability.
“Here at Anglian Water, we see it is really important to nurture and inspire the next generation of scientists, network technicians and engineers who might work for us in the future and help encourage our next generation of customers to use water wisely and think of water as a key component to growth in our local economy.
One of the reasons Anglian Water’s education provision has been so successful over recent years is because it encompasses all Key Stages and A-Level. A range of topics such as water efficiency, pollution, climate change and sustainability can be explored in a session. Sessions are fun, interactive and challenging.
Since opening, the Education Centre has received accolades such as the Learning Outside the Classroom accreditation and commendations from local schools and community groups including:
- “We have all thoroughly enjoyed our time here and learnt many new and very important facts. An eye-opening experience which has made the adults and the children question everything we thought we knew!” Chancellor Park Primary School, Chelmsford
- “A fantastic day full of information and engaging activities. Ellie (AW teacher) builds an instant rapport with the children which kept them with her all day. Five stars all round.” Homefield Primary, Great Yarmouth
- “A fantastic day! Lots of information, practical activities and fun to keep the children engaged. A brilliant teacher and pitched content at the right level. The rest of the topic is now going to be easy to teach. We’ll definitely be back next year.” Westerings Primary Academy, Hockley
School trips and community education events are free of charge, funded by Anglian Water, and can be booked through the company’s website: http://www.anglianwater.co.uk/community/education