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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*** Woodside had the highest percentage of children taking part in the Big Summer Read "The Mythical Maze" - well done children. *** Woodside Ofsted Report now published online. *** Come to our Book Sale - Last day today. *** Poppies on sale from the School Council now and until 11th November. ***
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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.

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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

Magical Maze

Well done to all the children who completed the Magical Maze this summer. You helped Woodside come first in Thurrock with 53% children joining the scheme and 42% completing. As the next schools had only 26% and 19% children completing Woodside was far and away the winner.

Ofsted Inspection

Our Ofsted report is now published online and you can read it here. Ofsted brought in much tougher criteria this term but still gave us a resounding good over all areas and rated children’s cultural development as “outstanding” because of the opportunities we provide.  Read about it on Your Thurrock.

Training Day and Half Term

We are closed on Friday for staff training and closed next week for our half term holiday but our holiday club will be open from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. as usual.

Half Term Fun

There is plenty to do at half term: High House Production Park have a  free family fun day on Monday,  on Wednesday there is a £2 fun day at Grays Fire Station Museum,  while on Thursday Grays library are hosting Kipper’s Birthday Party and Mr Hawkins has arranged sports activities here. First Kick have a 2 day football club on 27/28th October and of course  our holiday club is open all week. Unfortunately the council have cancelled their  planned cycling activities.

Club Cancellations

Please note that clubs run by class teachers may need to be cancelled on our consultation evenings this week. Other clubs are unaffected.

Food Bank Thank You

We had a letter from the food bank thanking us for your donations which weighed in at 372.3 Kg! Thank you again for your support.

Farm to Fork Visits

Year 3 are visiting Tesco Lakeside this week to find out how food comes from the farm, or the sea, to their table.

Travel Plan

Thurrock council are using travel plan funding to support our work in promoting walking and two-wheeled transport. They are installing a new cycle shed at the front of the school for visitors, parents and staff, a scooter  park for younger children, and a shelter where you can wait when the weather is wet. Click here to see the plan.

New Menu

A warming Winter Menu will start after half term.

Book Fair

Our autumn Book Fair is open after school until next Wednesday and available during both our consultation evenings next week. Please come along. Your purchases help us buy books for the school and giving children their own books is a great way to encourage their reading.

Connecting Classrooms

Welcome to Benjamin Oppong Bawuah, headteacher of KO Methodist School who is visiting the school this week as part of our British Council Connecting Classrooms project. Miss Barr and Miss Wall went to his school in Ghana last term and this is his return visit.

Wat Tyler Visit

Mrs  Goldsmith’s class were at Wat Tyler Country Park  this week where they stayed overnight and found out about the history and ecology of the park including the old explosives factory owned by Alfred Nobel, now known more for his peace prize. Mrs Colson’s class went last week.


The School Council will be selling poppies now until 11th November and ask that children pay at least 5p for them. In buying a poppy we remember those who died 100 years ago in WWI and help our heroes who fight for us today.


Swimmers need to have a coat with a hood or a cap and suitable footwear for bad weather. Children may bring umbrellas provided they are sensible with them.

Football Victory

Well done to both boys and girls’ teams for their 3:1 victory against Arthur Bugler and 4:2 victory against Lansdowne last Tuesday.

The Hare and the Tortoise

Colchester’s Mercury Theatre brought their magical production of the Hare and the Tortoise to Woodside for reception, key stage 1 and year 3 classes.

The Big Tour

Get back in the saddle for The Big Tour! Inspired by The Tour of Britain we are taking part in a virtual race where journeys to school by bike/scooter count as tour miles. Bike It’s Hannah Brittain came in  to start us off with a bike ride and breakfast before school, “Bling your Bike” at lunchtime and a ride to Davy Down after school. The police sent an officer to security mark bikes but, as we had too many bikes to do in one day, we have  booked another session on 1st December to finish the job.


Welcome to our Spanish Language Assistant Signorita Mateos Amilibia who started at Woodside last week and will be helping us improve our Spanish teaching.

Maths Workshops

We had amazing attendance for our maths workshops for parents. Thank you to Miss Roberts for organizing them and to everyone who came along. Please let us know if you would like more meetings like this.

Harvest Festival

Thank you for your support for our Harvest Festival.

Chance to Dance

Year 3 are again working with members of the Royal Ballet. They will be having lessons on Fridays and at the end of term will go to see the ballet Swan Lake, at Covent Garden.

Beat the Street

As well as winning the prize for the top scorer of Beat the Street we have been presented with a further cheque for £171.43 — our share of the prize given to all schools together for meeting the 25000 mile total target. Thank you to everyone who supported us.

Reception Tea Parties

Thank you to everyone who came and read at the reception tea parties. We hope you enjoyed the cakes.

Olympic Visit

We took Woodside Bike Club to the Olympic Velodrome in Stratford where they met Olympic Gold-Medallist Jason Kenny  and were commended for their behaviour.


What are Woodside children learning this half term?

N      All about me

R     Families & Friends

Y1   Things that move

Y2   People who help  us

Y3    Food for thought

Y4   Wat Tyler

Y5   A Tudor King

Y6  World War 1




    October Newsletter





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.

New Menu Coming SoonY3 at Tesco

Thursday Clubs

Breakfast Club (£)

7.15 a.m. 8.55 a.m.

Hand Ball   Yr 3/4

7.45 a.m. 8.55 a.m.



KS1 Choir


Badminton Yr 3/4


Cycling KS2


KS2 speed stackers


Mo-Co (reception)




Y5/6 (i) Shakespeare


Wildlife KS1


KS2 Girls football

3.00 p.m.      4.00 p.m.

Language Club

3.00 p.m.      4.00 p.m.


3.00 p.m.      4.00 p.m.

After school club (£)

3.00 p.m.  6.30 p.m.

More clubs

This week at Woodside Academy

Monday 27th

Tuesday 28th

Wednesday  29th

Thursday 23rd

Friday 24th

Half Term

Woodside Holiday Club Open

Free Family Fun at High House Production Park

First Kick Football

Half Term

Woodside Holiday Club Open

First Kick Football

Half Term

Woodside Holiday Club Open


Fun Day at Grays Fire Station Museum £2

Y6 Bike-Ability

Y1 Gruffalo Trail Visit

Boys’ A team v Deneholme at home


School Closed for Staff Training


Woodside Holiday Club Open

More dates

NB: Next Week is Half Term