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     
Fax: 01375 394516
 Woodside Academy is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. Company number 8272256

Woodside Academy News

Earth Hour

Woodside Academy is now closed for Easter but our holiday club will be open and special activities are planned as above. We re-open on Monday 13th April


We have just learnt that we have Thurrock funding to extend our building  plus a government grant to improve our existing roofs and windows and install emergency lighting. We will now be able to admit 90 reception children every September.

Big Pedal Winners

5R won the junior prize of a trip to Chafford Gorge and 2F 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.


Well done to our talented musicians and singers for another successful concert.

New Menu

Our new gold standard menu includes rolls next term and we will be adding some outdoor tables outside the small dining hall.

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.

Karate Grading Exams

We done to Alfie graded to orange belt and Callum and Freya graded to green belt.

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 total of £950! Thank you  to everyone who supported this worthwhile event.

Mountain Bike Champions

Mr Doye took a boys’ and a girls’ team to the Essex Mountain Biking Tournament at the Hadleigh Olympic Course and they both won their competitions.

School Meals

Thurrock Council are increasing the price of school meals to £2 from April and our meals will increase by the same amount. This is still cheaper than in most places even though Thurrock, with its Gold Food for Life Award, serves some of the best quality food. Infant meals are still free and if your child is still not having them you will now be wasting £10 a week.

Chinese Lantern Festival

Our Chinese New Year celebrations ended with the Chinese Lantern Festival assembly where children brought the lanterns they had made.

Book Week

World Book Day started with a special assembly featuring a story told in Mandarin, Spanish and English. This year our book week has a Chinese theme and each year group had their own Chinese story. Today is the last day of Book Week and your last chance to shop at our book fair.

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!

Anderson Shelter

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

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.



Jacket Potato with cheese


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      Bears

R    Things That Go Up

Y1  Carnival of Animals

Y2   Pirates

Y3    Sound & Light

Y4  Time & Space 

Y5  London

Y6  Thurrock Through The     Ages







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Mermaids Versus PiratesWorld Book 
DayComic ReliefAnderson Shelter

Next Week at Woodside Academy

Monday 30th

Tuesday 31st

Wednesday  1st

Thursday 2nd

Friday  3rd

Holiday Club Open

8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Holiday Club Open

8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Fun Sports Day with     Mr Hawkins and Mr Carter 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Holiday Club Open

8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Fun Sports Day with     Mr Hawkins and Mr Carter 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Holiday Club Open

8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Good Friday

Holiday Club Closed