Woodside Academy is an award-winning school where we use awards to drive school improvement and to celebrate the achievements of our pupils and staff. Recent awards include:
Sainsbury's School Games Award PLATINUM
We are the first school in Thurrock to win the Sainsbury's Games Mark a Platinum level, after winning gold four times, for the sheer range and quality of the teaching and activities we provide..
Basic Skills Quality Mark
This award underlies our commitment to ensure every child has the skills they need to succeed in life.
We are the only Thurrock school with gold level in this national award scheme for sustainable travel. Achieving this level has enable us to access council funding and support for our cycle and scooter storage and contributed to the King Edward Drive crossing..
International School Award
We work with the British Council to reach out to schools overseas. We sent two of our teachers to a school in Ghana and hosted their headteacher here and we are developing links with a school in China. We prepare our children for a global society by teaching them Spanish and Mandarin.
We have been recently been awarded artsmark gold for the third time in succession. As an Artsmark school we with work with the Royal Opera House base in Thurrock to provide our children with a range of exciting cultural opportunities.
Primary Science Quality Mark
We have gold level in this award which recognizes the range and quality of our science teaching.
Investors in People
We have won this industry standard award four times and have used it as a health check on the training and support we provide our staff so that they can provide the very best education for our children. In 2018 we decided not to be reviewed as the rising cost, which accompanied the increased size of the school was not considered the best use of our resources.
Sustrans Gold Award
This is a reward promoting and celebrating sustainable travel - especially cycling. We encourage children and adults to cycle to school and we run training sessions and weekly bike rides. We even cycle when possible on school trips and walk to anything that is close enough.
Sing-Up Silver Award
This award celebrates the fact that we are a singing school and children and staff regularly sing together in assemblies and in class.
Diversity Award Gold
This award recognizes the work we do to celebrate cultural diversity and ensure equality for all our children and staff.
We reached Silver with this award some years ago but this has now lapsed. We intend to start again and pursue the award to the Green Flag, the highest level.