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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 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

World Book Day Thursday 5th March

This year our book week takes a Chinese theme. Each year group have a Chinese animal story for their dressing up. Reception have The Frog in the Well, Y1 The Emperor’s Race, Y1 The Story of Nian, Y3 Journey to the West, Y4 The Pandas find a Place to Live, Y5 Meng Jiangu Weeps. As Y6  will already have evacuee outfits for their Duxford visit they can wear these and take Goodnight Mr Tom as their story. Alternatively children can dress up as any Chinese New Year animals or, as a last resort, wear red, the Chinese lucky colour.

Gold Award for our meals

Thurrock Catering Service, who provide our lunches have just won the Food for Life’s Gold Award. This recognizes the high quality of our food and especially that it is  mainly fresh cooked and includes many organic, free range and sustainably sourced products. Our lucky infants get all of this for free!

Big Pedal

This is the first week of the big pedal and we need as many children as possible to cycle (or scoot) to school. The infant class with the most riders win a picnic in the park and the junior class a trip to Chafford Gorge—both by bike of course, and we will giving out stickers on certain days.

Book Fair

Our book fair is open every day after school during book week and will be open for our consultation evening.

New Y2 Class

Our new classrooms are finished and we are now admitting our new children.

Inter-House Competitions

We are holding inter-house competitions every Wednesday; this week’s will include a book quiz for book week.

Anderson Shelter

A big thank you to Mr Abbott and his team of volunteers for all their hard work installing our Anderson shelter.

Well, Well. It’s Chadwell

Part of a programme of guided historic walks from the Tilbury Riverside Project, this walk starts at Chadwell Library, 10.30 a.m. Saturday 7th March. Ring 01375 859911. £2 donation requested.

Travel Plan Improvements

Contractors are continuing work on our parents’ waiting shelter and scooter park this week and construction of the new cycle shed has now started. Please take extra care during this time.

Red Nose Day

The school council will be selling noses, beany boppers, wristbands, pin badges, nail stickers and JK Rowling books for comic relief after school, starting Monday. As this year’s theme is “Funny Faces” children should wear normal uniform but can paint their faces and/or wear funny noses, glasses, etc for which we invite donations of £1.

Chinese New Year

Celebrations continue this week leading up to the Chinese Lantern Festival on Friday 6th March.

Holocaust Memorial Day

We marked HMD with a special memorial assembly after which members of  the school council attended the holocaust memorial service in Grays and laid pebbles on the railway track memorial. Read the Thurrock Gazette report on the day and why it is important to mark it.

Secondary League Tables

The 2014 secondary league tables have now been published and give parents a much more accurate view of local schools with less valid qualifications removed.

Rotary Concert Review

Thurrock Gazette has just printed a review of the concert Woodside choir performed at  before Christmas. You can read it here.


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.

Stranger Danger

The dangers are now online. Find out how to protect your child at a course run by Thurrock council at the Culver Centre on 4th March.

Inactivity Kills

New research saying inactivity kills even more than obesity and this is another good reason to walk, not drive, to school. The research says just a brisk 20 minute walk everyday would have huge benefits.

Infant Lunches

If you are making sandwiches for an infant child you are not only wasting  your time but £361, the cost of a year’s freshly cooked meals, which your child could be having every day for free.

Badminton Tournament

Well done to our badminton team for their success in the tournament.

National Theatre Visit

Well done to our drama club for excellent behaviour on their visit to Treasure Island at The National Theatre.


This term we are using the ParentMail payment system and you can now pay for dinner money, music lessons and visits securely online. We have already sent you your log in details.

Cross Country

We have moved our Wednesday morning cross country club to the later time of 8.10 a.m. If you want to get or keep fit then come and join us.

Breakfast and after school snacks

You can find information about allergens in food served at breakfast and after school clubs from club staff. Food is normally supplied by ASDA.



Information for parents

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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.

*** Come to our book fair after school any day this week. *** Our caterers have won the Gold Award from Food for Life! *** Don't forget the Big Pedal - we need as many children as possible to ride or scoot to school. *** Well done to our girls' A team who beat Harris 5:0 in the semi final. *** We have a Chinese theme for World Book Day on Thursday. *** Coming Soon COMIC RELIEF!! Red noses and more on sale every day until Friday 13th. *** Please park thoughfully around our school. *** Pay for lunches and more with ParentMail. ***

What are children studying next half term at Woodside Academy?

N      Dressing Up

R    Growth & Changes

Y1   Structures

Y2   Pirates

Y3    Sound & Light

Y4  Time & Space 

Y5  London

Y6  The Home Front









The Big Pedal 2014

Thursday Clubs

Breakfast Club (£)

7.15 a.m. 8.55 a.m.

Indoor Unihoc Yr 3/4

8.00 a.m. 8.45 a.m.

Golf Yr 5/6

7.45 a.m. 8.45 a.m.



KS1 singing


Girls cricket


Cross Country


KS2 speed stackers


Mo-Co (reception)




Y5/6 (i) Drama


Wildlife KS1

3.00 p.m. 4.00 p.m.

Yr3/4 Boys football


KS2 Girls football


Language Club

3.00 p.m. 4.00 p.m.

After school club (£)

3.00 p.m.  6.30 p.m.

More clubs

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This week at Woodside Academy

Monday 9th

Tuesday 3rd

Wednesday  4th

Thursday 5th

Friday  6th

The Big Pedal

Class Photos

Book Week

The Big Pedal

4v4 Football Tournament KS1 girls

Rugby v E Tilbury away

Consultation Evening

Book Week

3W assembly

Internet safety course Culver Centre 10 am

Consultation Afternoon

World Book Day Fancy Dress

6T/6S Coalhouse Fort

4v4 football tournament KS1 boys

Y3/4 Sports Hall Athletics

Y3/4 girls & Y4 boys v Stifford Clays at home

High 5 v Tudor Ct at home

Swimming 4C 4G 2L

Chinese Lantern Festival

Book Week

Last day for Book Fair

The Big Pedal