Woodside Academy is the lead training school in partnership with Essex Teacher Training, 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. 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 offer non salaried places, although would consider a salaried place for certain degrees.