Grove Wood Primary School

Grove Wood Primary School

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Grove Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 8UA

01268 743445


NEWS -  April 2022!

Essex Fire Museum

We have got two special open days coming up: 

  • Tuesday 31st May (Jubilee open day – half term).
  • Sunday 12th June (15 year anniversary

On both days there will be opportunities for families to get involved in history trails around the museum, craft activities and a chance to sit on the fire engines (and squirt water

Year 1 had a very exciting day on Tuesday (10/05) starting their journey on a bus ride into Rayleigh and then a trip to the Rayleigh Museum, a scavenger hunt around the town, time spent drawing the Rayleigh Windmill, before heading off to King Georges Park for a picnic and returning by bus to school. Everyone had a great time!

After coming up with the idea himself and then training for 6 weeks, on the 15th May Owen completed the 4k nuclear mud run to raise money for the Ukraine Humanitarian Aid charity. He tackled all 24 obstacles over 4k and finished in 1 hour 14 minutes, 25th out of 187, including adults! He has amazingly, managed to more than double his target, raising £585 so far. Well done Owen!

Congratulations to Jack in Year 5 who Completed a 30 mile bike ride on Sunday 15th May, at the Helen Rollason Cancer charity Bike ride, raising £242 for The Teenage Cancer Trust. Well done Jack! 

Last week, the Year 5 and 6 Sports Hall Athletics team took part in a local competition at The Deanes Secondary School.  
The team took part in a variety of events from team sprinting to throwing foam javelins. They all competed with a high level of skill and determination whilst showing excellent sportsmanship. 
We found out this week that we won the overall competition by a huge 46 points! We now look forward to the county finals in July. 
Great work team! 

WARNING Please be aware when purchasing sun cream, that the ingredients may contain nuts. 

Our Ducklings Have Arrived!

This week (18th April) Reception welcomed four new members to their class. Four lovely ducklings have hatched and are thriving in their brooder.

Mr Pasocoe's Pottery Club

Fresh out of the kiln! Some of the wonderful creations that the children have made in Mr Pascoe’s pottery club this term.

Year 2 Choir Music Festival

On Wednesday (16th) we went to the music festival. We went on a humongous coach. For lots of us, it was our first time on a coach so it was really exciting. We had a brilliant afternoon. We sang our hearts out, did actions, played instruments and even created a musical thunderstorm! Thank you to Mrs Backhouse and Mrs Marshall for teaching us the songs in choir. Thank you also to Mr Cordon and Mrs Snoxall. We had a magnificent, musical afternoon.

We also wore our funky socks to highlight  it was Young Carers awareness day.

Key Stage 2

Music assembly

We recently had a visit from two local musicians, brothers Darren and Gavin Jones. Darren is a professional musician and plays in several bands and also teaches guitar. Gavin also plays in a couple of bands and both have played at gigs and festivals all over the UK. Darren and Gavin played a number of songs in a Key Stage 2 music assembly with Mr Cordon, performing a mixture of rock, pop and folk songs from throughout history. They were then joined by a number of pupils from the school Rock Band (a very big well done for their fantastic singing and playing) along with children from years 3 and 5 for some very special performances of Dance Monkey and Eye of the Tiger. There was also a guest appearance from Miss Leverington on drums! Well done to Mr Tuck and the Tech Crew for setting up the equipment and managing the sound for the performance. 

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ACL ESSEX Community and Family Learning team support parents with their parenting role – family wellbeing, parenting, SEND support, early years, starting school (primary and secondary), understanding the curriculum (Maths, English, STEM) and other specialist workshops.  

For more information, please click the following link 

ACL ESSEX also offer adults a wide range of daytime and evening adult learning courses to help you improve your job prospects, learn a new skill, or simply inspire you. If you would like someone to contact you, check out their website(


Well-being Corner

 Club Links: Should your child wish to try a new sport, below are links to local sporting clubs.

Rayleigh Boys FC - Contact the following people if interested in playing. Website:

5 to 8 years old: Brian Mitchell 01268 770139

9 years and above: Gary Fisher 07931 335151

Rayleigh Girls FC:  Contact the following person if interested in playing. Website:

Girls (all age groups): Paul Mitchell 07973 130390

Academy Soccer FC - Website: 

Rayleigh Lawn Tennis Club - Webiste: Phone number: 01268 775245

Southend United Community - Email: Club Phone Number: 01702 341351 (contact to find out about sessions available)

ABC Futsal - Website:  Phone number: 07903674220

Southend and Benfleet Hockey. Website:

Clothes Bank totaliser - funds raised so far.......£1153 to 16th May 2022. Thank you!

After the half term break (from 7th June) the school  crossing will be unmanned until a replacement patrol is appointed. 

Could you be our next

Crossing Patrol Officer?

School Crossing Patrol Vacancy at Grove Wood School

Do you know someone who would like a rewarding opportunity within the community? We currently have a vacancy for a School Crossing Patrol Officer at this school. No experience is required and full training and uniform is provided. The role is part time and term time, assisting pupils and other pedestrians to safely cross the road. If you are interested or know someone who may be interested and want to find out more - please visit : or call the School Crossing Patrol Service on 03330 139788 or email your details to Thank you.

Congratulations to our Year 5 and 6 Young Voices Choir, who after a huge delay went to sing the The O2 in London on 6th May.  

A huge thank you to everyone, we sold an amazing £2726.71 in books. This means that as a school we get over £1576.03 back in commission to spend on books for the school!

A Wonka Sensation!

This week Year 6 put on an amazing performance of Wonka! Every child gave there all singing, dancing and remembering a huge script! Congratulations to the performers, Mr Tuck and his tech crew, back stage crew, prop designers and Mr Pascoe and Miss Attfield for putting on such a great show. 



We are delighted to announce our Open Evening on 29 September 2022 from 6:00pm until 9:00pm.
We are thrilled to open our doors to the public and invite primary school students from the surrounding areas and their parents to come and see our various departments.  Enjoy a tour through each department with one of our student guides and experience what each subject has to offer.  You could try your hand at cooking in Hospitality and Catering, join in a game in PE, experience an experiment in Science and much more.  Come along and join in.
Our staff and students alike look forward to meeting you, discussing any questions you may have along the way.

We are also running parent tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays in June and July and in September and October.  Places can be reserved on the tours by calling 01268 743884 and selecting '0' when prompted.

Today Year 1 celebrated

Earth Day!

Today (22/04) Year 2 enjoyed celebrating 'Famous Faces' Day.

TOTAL RAISED £1,130.28

Well done everyone!

Millionaire Readers

Amy and Tilly are our first millionaire readers in year 4! They have read one million words each and have earnt their gold cards giving them access to the exclusive millionaire's club - well done to both of them!

Photographs to follow!

Year 2 Science We have had so much fun completing activities for British Science Week with a focus on Growth. We have looked at habitats in the woods and how trees provide habitats for many other things to grow and live. We have also used the woods to create our very own outdoor gyms!

This week our school rock band performed for the first time. They sang and played several songs in an assembly to years 5 and 6 and to their families. They performed absolutely brilliantly and had lots of fun. Well done rock band!

Year 2 Football Tournament

 Last Wednesday, a group of year 2 children travelled to take part in Year 2 football tournament. We travelled over to Waterside Farm Leisure centre, where they then played against many schools. The team had played 8 games, winning 6, drawing 1 and losing 1. Brilliant day for the team. Well Done!

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