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Woodside Academy is the lead training school in partnership with Essex Teacher Training and Robert Drake in Benfleet,East Tilbury  and Grays Convent schools as well as other schools in Thurrock and Essex. Graduates can train at Woodside or in one of our partner schools to gain a qualified teacher status. We have three trainee teachers working at Woodside this year and other trainees in our partner schools. Trainees are all 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 or elsewhere. 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.  We are only able to offer non salaried places, fees need to be paid by the trainee but these can be paid with student loans.

Thurrock Teacher Recruitment Event


Woodside Academy are pleased to support the Thurrock Teacher Recruitment event at South Essex College, Grays on 1st December 2018


The event is an opportunity for all schools and colleges in the borough to recruit the best trainees, NQTs and returners to the profession.


Did you know we even offer a higher level apprenticeship programme for young people aged 16-19 who want to be a teacher? Come along and find out more.


Our school will be showcasing what makes us a great place to work as well as promoting the many opportunities Thurrock schools have to offer.


For more information on the event visit

You can join in the conversation online using #teachinthurrock


Adult Education 2018