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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 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

Lost Property

Please claim your lost property before and after school, outside the school office.

Mobile Phones

Please note: children are not allowed to bring mobile phones to school.

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.


We are currently reviewing our security arrangements following recent events and concerns raised by parents. Ofsted praised our safety measures and recent police advice has confirmed that we are secure, but governors are discussing whether we can do even more. Some schools close their main gates during the day but as we have locked gate and fences at the sides and entry control at reception visitors have no access to playgrounds or children through our main gate. Electronic gates would be an added measure when closed but they would clearly need to stay open at the beginning and end of each day for you to come in and out. However, they could stop misuse of our car park; this week an ambulance we called could not gain entry because a parent had parked there. This is one of the additional measures we are considering.

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.

Girls’ Football

Well done to our girls’ A football team who  represented Thurrock ably in the Essex County finals. After beating all comers in their group they played the winner of the other group and lost 2:1 making them the second best girls’ team in the whole of Essex.

Walking Bus

The walking bus will take the footpath by the new houses instead of Grangewood Avenue while work on the gas supply continues.

High Five Victory

Well done to our High Five Netball team for their 8:1 victory over Gateway.

Bike-It Gold

We have just been told that 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.

Christmas Cards

Thank you to everyone who ordered Christmas cards designed by their child. Although it is too late to order these through the Friends now you can still order them online if you pay the extra post and packing charge.


Remember to park with consideration for local residents and all those children and parents who are doing the right thing by walking to school. Please use the obstructions caused by the gas main work as the final reason to walk yourself rather than another reason to park and drive badly.

Remembrance Day

The school council joined children from Chadwell St Mary in laying wreathes at the war memorial and read poems the children had written. Read Grace’s poem about World War One. The Great War started in 1914 but 1915, 100 years ago, saw the first Zeppelin raids over London, the development of tanks, use of poison gas by British forces and the extension of the fighting throughout the world including the disastrous Gallipoli campaign.

Dinner Bands

When children order a lunch they are given a wrist band in the colour matching their choice on the menu.  On days when we also serve sandwiches a yellow band is used for the second sandwich choice. This means all the children get the meal they have ordered.

Summer Read Record

Well done to everyone who took part this year. We again had the highest number of children participating of any Thurrock school and beat our own previous record with 221 children completing the challenge. They all get an inflatable reward next summer and the three of best classes earned some very special books.

Rugby Champions

Well done to our Rugby players who won every game in the Thurrock tournament and now go on to represent Thurrock in Essex.

Girls’ Football Triumph

Woodside girls won the Thurrock trophy and now go on to represent Thurrock in Essex on 19th November.

Woodside Steel at Orsett Hall

Well done to Woodside Steel for another high class performance for the GOSH Charity Ball at Orsett Hall on Saturday. Thank you to our ex-pupils who came back to play and to Mr Dignum and parents for supporting the event.

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.

Walking Bus

Our bus starts at the children’s playground at Blackshots and now stops to collect children outside The Bon Bon in Grangewood Avenue where you  can drop your child with a waiting member of staff from 8.15 a.m. Use our walking bus to save yourself time and reduce congestion and carbon emissions.


As we added a new classroom we now have places in year 3 as well as in our afternoon nursery class.

College Estate Parking

We have had complaints from residents on the new estate who have been blocked in by parents from Woodside. Please do not damage the name of Woodside in the community by behaving in this manner. Obstructing an entrance is illegal and antisocial.


Children from Y1 to Y6 are offered influenza vaccinations at school on Tuesday 10th November. Please return the form.

SATS results

This year’s results from our Key Stage SATs and other statutory assessments are available on our Standards page.



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.

Key Information

Welcome from Principal          

Ofsted Report        

  Special Education Needs    

    Pupil Premium        

 Sports Premium   

       Governing Body         


 Curriculum Overview    

SATs Results   




Friday Clubs

Breakfast Club (£)

7.15 a.m. 8.55 a.m.

Badminton       Yr 5/6

8.00 a.m. 8.45 a.m.









Maths Yr5/6


Cards Yr5/6


Boys Squad Training A/B

3.00 p.m. 4.00 p.m.

Adult keep fit (£)


After school club (£)

3.00 p.m.  6.30 p.m.

More clubs

This week at Woodside Academy

Monday 23rd 

Tuesday 24th

Wednesday  25th

Thursday 26th

Friday  27th

Piano lessons


Violin/Keyboard/Piano lessons

Woodwind lessons

RY and 3SY Road Safety Walk


5M assembly

RD Road Safety Walk

Swimming 3SY/3ST

Guitar lessons

Swimming 3G/5M/5R

RC Road Safety Walk

Chance to Dance Auditions ROH Purfleet