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A state funded independent primary school in Grays for children from 3 to 11 years.
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Woodside AcademyText Box: To contact Woodside Academy
Principal Mr E E Caines 
Woodside Academy, Grangewood Avenue, 
Grays, Essex, 
RM16 2GJ
Phone: 01375 372513     
 For general queries contact Mrs Haydon
 Woodside Academy is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. Company number 8272256 
Registered office Woodside Academy, Grangewood Avenue, Grays RM16 2Gl

Woodside Academy News

Lower Thames Crossing Consultation

All the consultation materials are available online at www.lower-thames-crossing.co.uk and you can also complete the questionnaire online.

Pedestrian Crossing

One of our parents has managed to get a petition  for a crossing in King Edward Drive onto the council website. This would really help us when walking to swimming and more children could also walk to school on their own. Please sign the council petition here and pass the link to your friends and work colleagues. We need 1500 signatures for the council to debate this.  The closing date is 16th March, 2016.

Don’t Stand By!

We took school councillors to the memorial gardens where they took part in the Holocaust anniversary service and laid stones on the memorial. The theme this year is “Don’t Stand By!”

Chinese New Year Lunch

We are celebrating Chinese New Year with a Chinese lunch and cookery competition on Wednesday 10th February. There will be two options that day: Chicken in Hoisin Sauce with Rice or Sweet and Sour Vegetables Egg Fried Noodles.

Secondary Results

Last summer’s secondary exam results have finally been checked and published and make essential reading for year 5 parents. Headline results (5 GCSEs including English & maths at grade C or higher)  for schools Woodside children go on to are:

        Grays Convent           70%

        Wm Edwards             57%

        St Clere’s                     49%

        Hassenbrook              48%

        Hathaway                    46%

        Gateway                      38%

Car Share Scheme

Would you like another parent to give your child a lift to school and could you give their child a lift in return? If so then let us know and we will try to put you in touch with other parents who make a similar journey. Frequently Asked Questions.


Children need to walk to and from the pool with school staff. Children who do not swim will still walk there and back with their class and watch from the gallery. In extreme weather we will make use of the mini bus if available. This will be a school decision.  NHS advise that getting cold will not give you a cold—only the virus will do that. The best defence is frequent hand washing and not touching your eyes and nose.

Solar Panel Installation

We are now making some of our own electricity from solar panels installed on the infant roof.

Volunteers Needed

Our walking bus has been very popular but we need volunteers to keep it going. If you could do even just one day a week please let Mrs Haydon know.

Another Award!

We have just learnt we have the Gold level of Modeshift Stars Travel Award. Well done to Mrs Haydon for submitting the award, all the staff who run activities and all the children who have walked, cycled and scooted instead of sitting in a car twice a day.

Christmas Events

Well done children and staff for some memorable Christmas performances and carol services at the end of last term. With  an event for every year group there was plenty of opportunity for children to show their talents; not least some fine singing.

Thurrock Food Bank

We have just been told we donated an amazing 408 kg of food from our Harvest Festival to Thurrock Foodbank.  Thank you for your support.

Holiday Work

We took the opportunity during the closure to carry out essential maintenance and improvements, include some new flooring in the school and more “Astro Turf” in the Early Years outdoor learning area.

SATS Results Published

You can now see our 2015 results KS2 compared to other schools at DfE Performance Tables.

Basic Skills Quality Mark

We have been awarded the Basic Skills Quality Mark, for the fourth time! Well done to all the staff involved.

Poppy Appeal

Thank you for your support. You helped us raise £204.97 to help the heroes of today as well as remember the sacrifices of two world wars.

Christmas Bazaar

Thank you to everyone who supported our bazaar and well done to the Friends of Woodside and the parents and staff who helped make it such a successful community event. The bazaar made about £4000 for the Friends to spend on the children.

International School Award

Well done to Miss Barr and everyone involved in gaining Woodside the coveted International School Award for “outstanding development of the international dimension of the curriculum”; read more on Your Thurrock.

Road Safety Officers

Congratulations to our new Junior Road Safety Officers. These are children who successfully applied through Thurrock council for this important role in championing road safety at Woodside.

Bike-It Gold

We have qualified to receive the Sustrans Bike It Gold Award. Well done to Mr Doye and the Bike It Champions for this tremendous achievement.

Children in Need

We raised £709 for Children in Need. Thank you for your support.

Training School

We are currently working with Essex to set up a training school partnership offering School Centred Initial Teacher Training from September 2016. We will be working with three other primary schools and a secondary school to provide placements in a range of school settings with quality training provided by Essex ITT.

Use of Car Park

Our car park is for people working at the school and not parents apart from these exceptions:

Breakfast Club

Parents may not park but may drive in, turn at the back and drop children at the marked walk way. Children should not need walking to the door and club payments should be made in advance online. Please do not leave your car and do not park or stop in any of the bays. If you really need to come in with your child then park in the road. If you ignore this rule you will automatically forfeit your child’s place at Breakfast Club.

Sports Activities

Parents helping us take children to competitive sports events at other schools may use the car park but parents whose children are involved in activities on site may not.

After School Club

Parents may park to collect children after 4.00 p.m. if there is space.

Disabled Children

Parents whose children use wheel chairs may use our disabled bays when dropping/collecting and these should be left clear by everyone else for this purpose.



What are children studying at Woodside Academy?

N      Fairy Tales

R     Patterns

Y1   Toy Maker

Y2   Green Fingers

Y3    Rain Forest

Y4   Cycles & Wheels

Y5  The River Thames











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 physical, artistic and social skills.

Key Information

Welcome from Principal          

Ofsted Report        

  Special Education Needs    

    Pupil Premium        

 Sports Premium   

       Governing Body         


 Curriculum Overview    

SATs Results   




For allergy information and full menu go to our Woodside Menu page



Chicken in hoisin sauce with plain rice     

Sweet and sour vegetables with egg fried rice/noodles

Fresh fruit salad or fruit platter of melon and pineapple

Fortune Cookie    


 Tuesday Clubs

Breakfast Club (£)

7.15 a.m. 8.55 a.m.

Cheerleading (£) KS1 KS2

7.45 a.m. 8.45 a.m.

Yr 3/4 diamond Bench Ball




Hi 5 KS2

3.00 p.m. 4.00 p.m.

KS2 Art Club (i)

3.00 p.m. 4.00 p.m.

Yr 3/4 Boys Football

3.00 p.m. 4.00 p.m.

Karate (£)

3.00 p.m. 4.00 p.m.

ICT Club Yr2

3.00 p.m. 4.15 p.m.

After school club (£)

3.00 p.m.   6.30 p.m.

More clubs

This week at Woodside Academy

Monday 8th 

Tuesday 9th

Wednesday  10th

Thursday 11th

Friday  12th

Piano with Mrs Pye Singing lessons

Woodwind/Violin/Keyboard/Piano Lessons

Yr 4 Recorder sharing to parents 2.00 p.m.



 Chinese New Year Lunch


Guitar lessons

Swimming 2G & 2W

School Council visit to Mayor’s Parlour


Swimming 4C 4G 2B

Pancakes for dessert