Text Box:   Woodside School is now Woodside Academy.
A state funded independent primary school in Grays for children from 3 to 11 years.


To give every learner the best possible lifetime opportunities by providing the best possible education.

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*** PANTOMIME TODAY and Woodside Choir sing at the Rotary Christmas Concert tonight! *** Well done to all children and staff for your fantastic Christmas performances!!! *** Woodside reopens for children on Tuesday 6th January - Monday 5th is a staff training day but our holiday club will be open. *** Well done to the Friends and thank you to everyone who supported our Christmas Bazaar - we raised £3400 with your help. *** Thank you for your support for our Children in Need fundraising day. We raised a record £762 . ***
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Thurrock gold star awarded to Woodside school for its extensive sport and PE provision. This replaces the active mark.The inverstor in people logo awarded to woodside school for the standard of its work with staff.Gold logo of Woodside School's Arts Mark GOLD award.Woodside School's Basic Skills Quality Mark - a large blue Qhealthy school logo (children playon on blue background)  awarded to Woodside School for work on healthy eating, keeping children active and good health education.International School Award 2009 - 2012Woodside School's Quality in Study Support (QISS) award logoGold and blue heart shaped logo of Woodside School's Every Child Matters Quality Mark GOLDThe Bike It bronze award in the form of a bronze cog wheel awarded to Woodside School for effectively promoting cycling.

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Woodside Academy
Text Box: To contact Woodside Academy
Principal   Mr E E Caines MA 
Woodside Academy, Grangewood Avenue, 
Grays, Essex, 
RM16 2GJ
Phone: 01375 372513     
Fax: 01375 394516
 Woodside Academy is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. Company number 8272256

Woodside Academy News

Last Day

Children have their parties and a professional performance of the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk today. Thank you to the Friends for sponsoring this.

Rotary Carol Concert

Our KS2 choir are performing at the Rotary Carol Concert tonight at the Civic Hall. Any remaining tickets are now only available on the door: adults £10.00, concessions £8.50 and under 12s £5.  The concert starts at 7.30 p.m. and children need to be in their seats by 7.15 p.m. at the latest. If you are driving allow extra time to find a space to park as this can often be difficult at big events.


From next term we will be using the ParentMail payment system and you will be able to pay for dinner money and everything else we provide securely online. This should be available from lunchtime on Monday 5th January.


We are no longer using the Frog Virtual Learning Platform as their technical support for problems we had was inadequate. Links and homework sheets will be available here on the main website from next term.

Holiday Activities

Apart from our training day on Monday 5th January, there is no holiday club during the Christmas break. However M Carter and Mr Doye will be running activity days from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm on Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th December.

St Mary’s Carol Service

Year 2 walked to St Mary’s and gave us a beautiful (electric) candle-lit service with Rev Walton revealing the meaning of Christmas through a Christmas cracker.

Christmas Carol

Well done year 5 and 6 for some superb acting and singing in very convincing performance of A Christmas Carol.

Nursery Christmas Concert

Both our nursery classes gave their very first performance to their parents in two lovely informal concerts on Wednesday.

Born in a Barn

Thank you year one for your well-rehearsed and innovative nativity told from the point of view of the stable animals: Born in a Barn.

The Fairyland Nativity Show

Well done reception classes for your lovely first  nativity with The Fairyland Nativity Show.

Silent Night

Thank you to year 3 and 4 for two excellent  performances of the beautiful musical Silent Night. Well done to everyone concerned!

Christmas Truce

Well done 6S for a moving and poignant performance of your own play about Christmas 1914. This was written by the children and an excellent example, for our Thurrock Trailblazer Project, of harnessing the arts to improve standards in schools.

League Tables

The Primary League Tables have just been published with Woodside heading the list for Thurrock. Well done to staff and pupils for this tremendous achievement. Read the report on Your Thurrock.

Christmas Collections

Where classes are using the lighting we have hired in for our Christmas productions we are collecting for this. Where this is not used (nursery and year 2) collections will go to School Council charities.

Christmas Bazaar

Well done to The Friends for another well organized community event and thank you to everyone who supported our Christmas bazaar. With your help we raised £3400 for the school!


Thurrock School Meals Service have developed a new form for any children who may need a special diet because of allergies. Please note this needs to be verified by a medical practitioner. A list of possible allergens in our menu is however available here on our website. If there is a specific ingredient you would   rather your children avoided you can ask them to choose one of the alternatives that day. If you have any questions regarding allergens and special diets please email: CateringServices@thurrock.gov.uk

Diversity Award

Former Thurrock Corporate Diversity Officer Samson DeAlyn has presented us with the Diversity Award in recognition of our commitment to celebrate cultural diversity and challenge inequality.

Sutrans Silver Award

The Mayor of Thurrock came to give us our new Silver Mark for sustainable travel and at the same time presented our Sainsbury’s School Games Gold Award and our  Modeshift Stars Bronze award. We are the first school anywhere in Essex to receive Sustran’s Silver Mark for Excellence in Sustainable Travel. Read about it on Your Thurrock.


Well done to our boys’ C team who played an excellent game on Monday beating Tudor Court B team 3:2.

Cyber Bullying

The government has  published a parents’ guide to cyberbullying coinciding with National Anti-Bullying Week. Please read this as it not only provides good guidance for keeping children safe but clear expectations for parents themselves online.

Children In Need

Thank you for your colossal support for our Children in Need fund raising day. With  donations and the sale of wristbands we raised £762. Children in Need wristbands are still available from the school office (£1.50 each). Donate directly here.



Woodside Academy where learning is an adventure. Recognized by Ofsted as a school where pupils have “outstanding cultural development”. While ambitious for our children academically, we also provide an unrivalled range of extra-curricular activities to develop their personal skills.

What were Woodside children learning this half term?

N      Animals

R     Homes & Houses

Y1   Celebrations

Y2   St Mary’s Church

Y3    Chocolate

Y4   Trees

Y5   Shakespearean World

Y6  Titanic


Primary League Tables

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Silent NightA Christmas CarolJack & the

This week at Woodside Academy

Monday 15th

Tuesday 16th

Wednesday  17th

Thursday 18th

Friday  19th


The Fairyland Nativity Show         

9.30 pm & 2.00 pm

Y1: Born in a Barn

9.30 pm & 2.00 pm

Christmas Disco       5.00 pm infants 6.30 pm juniors

Nursery Concert     11.15 am & 2.30 pm    (in nursery)

Y5/6: A Christmas Carol

2.00 pm & 7.00 pm

Y2 Carol Service St Mary’s 10.00 am         

Christmas Lunch

(if ordered or for children who usually have school lunch)

Nursery Parties

Last Day of Term

 Children need to wear uniform but can bring clothes for parties

Parties & Pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk

Choir at Rotary Concert 7.15 pm

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