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

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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 - 2012Gold 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 AcademyText Box: To contact Woodside Academy
Principal   Mr E E Caines MA 
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

Woodside Academy News

School Journey

Year 6 have arrived safely at Windmill Hill for their activity week. We will be being keeping you updated with their exploits here, on our Facebook page and on Twitter.

Half Term

Our holiday club will be open now for the rest of half term.  Mr Nunn and Miss Uren are also offering sports activity days on Tuesday and Thursday of half term.

Teaching Vacancy

We now have an additional  teaching vacancy in September. Please pass this on to any teachers you know who may be interested. Further details on our Work at Woodside page.

Science Award & Week

We have just been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark Gold Award which is good timing for our Science Week. Children have special science based activities this week include a planetarium on Tuesday and workshops from Forest Schools experts on Thursday. Thank you to our science coordinator, Mrs Goldsmith for her excellent work on this.

Big-Pedal Prizes

The winners were drawn from all children who joined in the Big Pedal, and won £25 Lakeside vouchers donated by the Friends, and heavy duty locks and horns from Sustrans.

Confucius Award

Woodside has won first prize in the Confucius Institute’s Year of the Sheep IT Project Competition.

P.E. Kit

Please make sure your child has PE kit in school for lessons.

Sun Protection

We suggest you provide your child with a hat (ideally a Woodside hat) and apply sun cream before school on sunny days. You can send in more sun cream  for children to top up with later but not sprays.

2015-16 Reception Places

Our additional classroom means we can take 90 reception children next year but we had far more applications than places and we already have a waiting list. If you applied you should have your results  now and you can read answers to frequently asked questions here.

New Menu

Our new summer  menu has started. Paid meals are now £2 but  still well worth it for such a high quality meal; and an even greater saving for infant children whose meals are still FREE.


At the end of last term we learnt that we have been awarded Thurrock funding to extend our building  plus government grants to improve our existing roofs and windows and install emergency lighting. This permanent expansion will enable us to admit 90 reception children  this September and every year.


Please remember to park and drive thoughtfully around our school and not to block residents’ driveways.

Big Pedal Winners

5R won the junior prize of a trip to Chafford Gorge and 1F the infant prize of a picnic at Blackshots. The school took second place in Thurrock winning a selection of Bike-It goodies.

Mermaids v Pirates

Well done to Y2 children and staff for a splendid end of term  performance. Special thanks to all the amazing costume makers.

Sponsored Hop

Well done to all the hoppers in the early years and thank you to their parents for sponsoring them and the Friends for organizing the event.

Shakespeare Week

Thank you to Mr Sharp for organizing another successful Shakespeare Week. All classes had a chance to work with specialists from The Globe Theatre on the play Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Comic Relief

We had some great faces for Red Nose Day; the school council completely sold out of their Comic  Relief goodies and we raised a record £950! Thank you  to everyone who supported this worthwhile event.


Please note that Thurrock Council are now issuing parents with fixed penalty fines for their children’s unauthorized absence. We are obliged in law to give Thurrock information on any absences and this includes children taken out of school for holidays.



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 are children studying at Woodside Academy?

N      Changes

R    Treasure

Y1  Beaches

Y2  Hangman’s Wood

Y3    Explorers

Y4  Volcanoes

Y5  People who have made a difference

Y6  Thurrock Through the     Ages


Summer Term Clubs

May Newsletter








World Book 
Bike-It raffle winnersConfucius VisitY6 at Windmill HillReady to 

Half Term at Woodside Academy

Monday 25th

Tuesday 26th

Wednesday  27th

Thursday 28th

Friday  29th

Bank Holiday

Holiday Club and school CLOSED

PGL YEAR 6 children have arrived safely at Windmill Hill


School Closed for Half Term

Y6 at Windmill Hill

Holiday Club open          8 am to 6 pm


KS2 Sports Day

10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

£10 per child

School Closed for Half Term

Y6 at Windmill Hill

Holiday Club open          8 am to 6 pm

School Closed for Half Term

Y6 at Windmill Hill

Holiday Club open          8 am to 6 pm


KS2 Sports Day

10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

£10 per child

School Closed for Half Term

Y6 at Windmill Hill

Holiday Club open          8 am to 6 pm