Woodside Academy is currently the lead training school in partnership with Essex Initial Teacher Training and have trained a number of teachers who are now working here or in other school in the borough. From September 2022 we shall be working with the Benfleet-based BTSA but not as a lead school. Trainee need to be graduates and start with a small teaching commitment, building this through the year. They will also work for half a term with a different age group in another school in the partnership. Being a training school helps us to recruit good quality staff who can already teach according to the school's expectations and quickly develop their commitment to the school. A number of trainees have been given permanent teaching posts at Woodside.