Academy for "outstanding cultural development" (Ofsted).
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

Nepal Appeal

Former Woodside teacher Mrs Edwards who runs  charity Gorkha Learning is appealing for funds to repair homes following the earthquake in Gorkha Nepal.

Fair Trade Fortnight

We are having a Woodside Fair Trade Fortnight starting Tuesday. Fair Trade fruit will be on sale at break and with  other items after school.

Confucius Award

Woodside has won first prize in the Confucius Institute’s Year of the Sheep IT Project Competition.

P.E. Kit

Please make sure your child has PE kit in school for lessons.

Sun Protection

We suggest you provide your child with a hat (ideally a Woodside hat) and apply sun cream before school on sunny days. You can send in more sun cream  for children to top up with later but not sprays.

Teaching Vacancy

Due to expansion we will have a vacancy in September. This is an opportunity for a well qualified and enthusiastic teacher to join  the highly committed team at this exceptional school. Further details on our Work at Woodside page.


You can find our summer term club timetable here.

2015-16 Reception Places

Our additional classroom means we can take 90 reception children next year but we had far more applications than places and we already have a waiting list. If you applied you should have your results  now and you can read answers to frequently asked questions here.

New Menu

Our new summer  menu has started. Paid meals are now £2 but  still well worth it for such a high quality meal; and an even greater saving for infant children whose meals are still FREE.


At the end of last term we learnt that we have been awarded Thurrock funding to extend our building  plus government grants to improve our existing roofs and windows and install emergency lighting. This permanent expansion will enable us to admit 90 reception children  this September and every year.


Please remember to park and drive thoughtfully around our school and not to block residents’ driveways.

Big Pedal Winners

5R won the junior prize of a trip to Chafford Gorge and 1F 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.

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 record £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.

Book Week

World Book Day started with a special assembly featuring a story told in Mandarin, Spanish and English.

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.

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.


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.



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   Animals

Y2   Hangman’s Wood

Y3   Footprints

Y4  The Odyssey

Y5  London

Y6  Thurrock thro' the Ages


Summer Term Clubs







Fossil hunting at Walton

Next Week at Woodside Academy

Monday 4th

Tuesday 5th

Wednesday  6th

Thursday 7th

Friday  8th

May Day Bank Holiday

School Closed

Fairtrade Fortnight

Woodwind lessons

Fairtrade Fortnight

4C Assembly



Fairtrade Fortnight

Guitar lessons

Violin/keyboard lessons

Polling Day - School OPEN as norm

 Tuesday Clubs

Breakfast Club (£)

7.15 a.m. 8.55 a.m.

Cheerleading (£)

7.45 a.m. 8.45 a.m.

Bike It Breakfast

7.45 a.m. 8.30 a.m.



KS2 Recorder


Yr 3/4 Drama


Diamond Bench Ball Yr 3/4


Yr 5/6 Dance


KS1 Story Time


Recep. Mo Co


Karate (£)

3.00 p.m. 4.00 p.m.

KS2 Coding & Electronics

3.00 p.m. 4.00 p.m.

KS2 Cricket

3.00 p.m. 4.30 p.m.

KS2 Archery (i)

3.00 p.m. 4.15 p.m.

High 5 Yr 4/5

3.00 p.m. 4.00 p.m.

After school club (£)

3.00 p.m. 6.30 p.m.

More clubs


Fairtrade Fortnight

Dance Club competition at Thameside

Swimming 5G and 5R




3.00 p.m.   6.30 p.m.

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