The Trust supports education in Schools through financial and technical support for a variety of water and environmental projects.
A key element of this programme is the Pupils’ Prizes scheme which is aimed at pupils in primary and
secondary schools with the object of increasing awareness and understanding of the role of water and the environment in all our lives. Schools are encouraged to include water and environmental projects in a range of subject areas as part of the normal curriculum and prizes are awarded to pupils or study groups producing the best results.
Further information on this scheme and how to apply can be found in the Pupils Prize Brochure >>>
A significant impact has also been made through technical and financial support to schools for special
projects such as the provision of ponds and an aquarium. These facilities allow the children to study water ecology, consider water quality and the need to balance the ecology of water life.
As an example, the Company was asked for technical assistance to build a pond at Ruislip School
to further ecological studies at the school. Members designed and constructed the pond in partnership with other donors, including the AIDU, the Company’s Royal Air Force affiliate. More recently the Trust has funded the provision of an aquarium at the school for all students to see and maintain on a daily basis outside the classroom. It is also used as a teaching tool.
The Company has supported eco projects at Ysgol y Gogarth, Llandudno, a school for special needs
children. This has helped the school establish a garden and develop gardening skills. The school decided to take those skills into the community and the Company was able to fund tools and equipment for the work bus. This project has attracted considerable interest from other schools in the area and beyond. The Company maintains an interest in developments at the school and the WCT has allocated further funding for development.
The Trust is looking to expand its commitment to the Schools Programme and is pursuing the possibility of widening its links with schools initially in the London area by working with Thames Water on a project to improve water efficiency in selected secondary schools. This project could also link with the Pupils’ Prizes Scheme. The success of this venture could lead to similar schemes with other UK water companies.