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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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*** Well done to our C team for beating Tudor Court B team. *** Tickets for the Rotary Christmas Concert are now available from the school office. *** Thank you for your support for our Children in Need fundraising day. We raised a record £762 . ***
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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

Sutrans Silver Award

The Mayor of Thurrock came to give us our new Silver Mark for sustainable travel and at the same time presented our Sainsbury’s School Games Gold Award and our  Modeshift Stars Bronze award. We are the first school anywhere in Essex to receive Sustran’s Silver Mark for Excellence in Sustainable Travel. Read about it on Your Thurrock.


Well done to our boys’ C team who played an excellent game on Monday beating Tudor Court B team 3:2.

Christmas Update

Please note the following additions and changes to Christmas dates in December:

Saturday 6th              Choir singing at Bazaar

Thursday 11th                 Y3/4 concert   2.00 p.m.

Friday 12th                       Y3/4 concert 9.30 a.m.

Wednesday 17th             Nursery Concerts 11.15/ 2.00

Thursday 18th                 Y2 Carol Service 10.00 a.m.

Thursday 18th                 Christmas Lunch

Monday 15th                    Reception Concerts 9.30/ 2.00

Cyber Bullying

The government has just published a parents’ guide to cyberbullying coinciding with National Anti-Bullying Week. Please read this as it not only provides good guidance for keeping children safe but clear expectations for parents themselves online.

Rotary Carol Concert

Our KS2 choir have been invited to perform at the Rotary Carol Concert on Friday 19th December at the Civic Hall. Tickets are now available from the school office: adults £10.00, concessions £8.50 and under 12s £5.

Children In Need

Thank you for your colossal support for our Children in Need fund raising day. With  donations and the sale of wristbands we raised £762. Children in Need wristbands are still available from the school office (£1.50 each). Donate directly here.

Match reports

Please go to our sport page to read the latest match reports.

Secondary Success

Congratulations to former Woodside pupils Jack Webb, Zac Chegwidden and Sam Jones who all received awards at Hathaway Academy.

Armistice Day

We held a special armistice day assembly finishing with a two minute silence at 11.00 a.m. After this the school council walked to the war memorial outside St Mary’s Chadwell, where they laid a wreath of poppies.

Twelfth Night

Well done to our drama group for an impressive performance of Twelfth Night at the Shakespeare Schools Festival at Thameside Theatre. Read about it on Your Thurrock.

Menu Information

If you need to check our new menu for ingredients your child might be allergic to click on the “i” at the bottom of the menu for that day.

School Council Charities

The school council has chosen to support the following charities this year: British Legion Poppy Appeal, Children in Need, and Comic Relief.

Hallowe’en Disco

Thank you to all the staff who helped make the disco a success. You raised £544 for the school.

Water Fountain

At the request of the School Council and generously funded by The Friends, we now have a chilled and filtered water outlet for filling children’s bottles situated opposite the ICT suite.

Big Tour

Well done to everyone who took part in the big tour. Woodside completed 3173 ‘miles’, easily beating the 840 mile target ridden by The Tour of Britain, and won a free, pedal-powered smoothie maker session for the school.

Book Fair

Thank you for supporting our Book Fair. You helped us buy over £500 worth of books for the school.

Connecting Classrooms

It was a pleasure to welcome Benjamin Oppong Bawuah, headteacher of KO Methodist School who paid a return visit to Woodside before half term as part of our British Council Connecting Classrooms project. Miss Barr and Miss Wall went to his school in Ghana last term and our two schools will be staying  in contact.

Training Day

We used our staff training day to keep children safe with first aid training for support staff while teachers did awareness training for Online Sexual Exploitation, looked at next steps following our Ofsted report and ensuring our assessments are consistent across the school.

Mythical Maze

Well done to all the children who completed the Mythical 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.

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 visited Tesco Lakeside 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.

Wat Tyler Visit

Our Y4 classes class were at Wat Tyler Country Park   before half term 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.


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.

Chance to Dance

Year 3 are working on Swan Lake 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 Don Quixote, at Covent Garden.


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 Woodside children learning this half term?

N      Animals

R     Homes & Houses

Y1   Celebrations

Y2   St Mary’s Church

Y3    Chocolate

Y4   Trees

Y5   Shakespearean World

Y6  Titanic

December Newsletter

Sustrans Silver Award

Latest Sports Reports

November Newsletter

Parents’ guide to cyberbullying








Y2 visit St Mary's

Jacket Potato with Beans


This week at Woodside Academy

Monday 24th

Tuesday 25th

Wednesday  26th

Thursday 27th

Friday  28th

Open the Book:  The Centurion’s Servant 

B Boys v Tudor Ct



Boys A v Chadwell away

RT Assembly


Rev Walton

School Council Meeting

KS2 cross country

Girls Football training cancelled

Chance to Dance Auditions


More dates


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

Restarts February

KS2 speed stackers


Mo-Co (reception)




Y5/6 (i) Shakespeare

3.00 p.m. 4.00 p.m.

Wildlife KS1

3.00 p.m. 4.00 p.m.

KS2 Girls football

3.00 p.m.      4.00 p.m.

Language Club

3.00 p.m.      4.00 p.m.


Restarts February

After school club (£)

3.00 p.m.  6.30 p.m.

More clubs