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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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.

What are children learning at Woodside this term?

N     Animals

YR Balloons

Y1 The Toy Maker

Y2 Hangman’s Wood

Y3 Footprints

Y4 Time and Space

Y5 Making difference

Y6 Climate Change


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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 children visiting Tilbury Fort.

Woodside Academy News

Summer  Term

Woodside Academy has re-opened for the summer term. Thank you to all the staff who have continued to provide activities for children through the holidays. As well as our usual holiday club we had sports days and combined learning and sports with “jump up” days.


Our two ducklings are now outside in their enclosure during the day. We have a duck and a drake; the duck has a quack like a laugh and the drake whistles. They appear to be Indian Runners.

Sports Success

Well done to all our teams for their success and sportsmanship last term. Our cycling and high five teams have won first place and our B football team came second in their league in spite of competing against a number of A teams. As usual Woodside will be suspending football to concentrate on other sports next term. You can download the summer list of clubs here but be aware it may change.

Y5 Tilbury Visit

Year 5 completed their Thames topic with a successful visit to Tilbury Fort and a river crossing to Gravesend this week (see above). We were fortunate to have ex Woodside pupil and Thurrock museum curator Jonathon Catton on hand to explain the historic defences on both sides of the river.

Y3 at Thameside

Well done to Y3 for their ballet performance at the Thameside Theatre. This was a culmination of their work with the Royal Ballet this  year but they will be repeating it in school for parents this term.

Book Fair

Thank you for supporting our book fair. You  earned  £564.17 worth of books for the school.

Sport Relief

Thank you for your support for our Sport Relief triathlon. The whole school ran a mile across the heath and most children also cycled it! Swimming or throwing completed the triathlon. We have collected £422 so far and donations are still coming in. You can  read about it at Your Thurrock and donate directly to Sport Relief here.

Shakespeare Week

Well done to Mr Sharp for organizing our first ever Shakespeare Week to mark the 450th anniversary of the playwright’s birth this year. Children learnt about his plays and life in his time from archery  to Roman numerals.

Big Pedal

Children at Woodside Academy have been pedalling hard over this term as they competed successfully in both the national Big Pedal and the Essex Mountain Bike Tournament. Read about it on Your Thurrock. Woodside children made 2779 two wheeled journeys during the fortnight of the competition making them 88th out of 1,525 schools competing throughout the UK, 19th in the East of England and 1st in Thurrock. The highlight was competing in the Sports Partnership’s first mountain biking tournament at Danbury Park, where Woodside girl’s team won first place.

Top infant class :              RD with 115

Top junior class :             4G with 121

Both classes have won special bike ride visits next term. RD will be going over to Blackshots for a picnic while 4G will be going to Chafford Gorge for a day visit.


Our first two ducklings are growing fast and we are going to give you the chance to buy photographs of your children holding them. Thank you to The Ockendon Academy who provided the eggs and incubator and to Miss Finn who has been looking after them.

Woodside Extension

We have now received planning permission for our extension after reviewing our travel plan to include a number of additional measures to alleviate parking problems around the school. Read Enquirer council report.

School Meals

The price of a school meal will rise to £1.90 (£9.50 per week) after Easter but is still excellent value for a freshly cooked nutritious meal. However, from September all infant children should be able to have a free school lunch!

Travel Plan Consultation

We have reviewed our travel plan and invite your views on it by email. This consultation is open to local residents as well as parents.

Development Plan

All schools have a development plan which outlines their key priorities and what they are doing to improve in different areas. We have just rewritten ours and would be pleased to have your comments on it by email. You can download the plan here.

Secondary Results

The 2013 secondary results have recently been published and we have reproduced the key measures for schools Woodside children transfer to above. These are the percentage gaining 5 GCSEs including English and mathematics (but not “equivalents”) and the “English Bacc” (the 5 key subjects which can help children gain a good university place). Source DFE.


Woodside Academy where learning is an adventure. Recognized by Ofsted as a school where children achieve “outstanding personal outcomes”, Woodside Primary School in Grays, Thurrock became Woodside Academy last year under the government’s arrangements for successful schools. While ambitious for our children academically we also provide an unrivalled range of extra-curricular activities to develop their personal skills.

Clubs Thursday

Breakfast Club

7.45 a.m. 8.55 a.m.

Hand Ball Yr 2/3

7.45 a.m. 8.55 a.m.

Multi Activity (fee)

8.00 a.m. 8.45 a.m.



KS1 Choir


Badminton Yr 3/4


Cycling KS1


Y4/5 football

3.00 p.m.      4.00 p.m.



3.00 p.m.      4.00 p.m.

Sewing Club

3.00 p.m.      4.00 p.m.

After school club

3.00 p.m.  6.30 p.m.

This week at Woodside Academy

Monday 21st

Tuesday 22nd

Wednesday  23rd

Thursday 24th

Friday 25th

Last day of the Easter Holidays

Bank Holiday

No Holiday Club




First day of

Summer Term

Class 1M assembly

Girls’ A team in football play off

Swimming 3L 2F 2L

Cup final at Woodside



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