Grove Wood Primary School

Grove Wood Primary School

Strive Positivity Achieve Respect Kindness

Grove Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 8UA

01268 743445


NEWS - March 2024

Yesterday, Year 2 had amazing fun building houses and recreating Pudding Lane in miniature. Then starting a fire in the afternoon to end their theme!

Huge congratulations to our Year 6 Boys Team 1 and Year 6 Girls Team 1, who both won their competitions at the Deanes Annual Badminton Tournament! (Feb)

Farewell and safe travels to our new friends. It has been a pleasure to have you as part of our school community. (Feb)

The children from Year 2 have visited the Library in Rayleigh this week. They have been looking at books and sharing stories!

Year 1 enjoyed a special visit from two dragon hunters on our themed Dragon Day (11/01). We learnt about the different types of dragons and even saw some dragon spit! Unfortunately, Fluffy the red dragon, had escaped the cage so we couldn't see her but we wrote some missing dragon posters to describe what she looked like. We had a great day making our own paper plate dragons and looked closely at the features of a dragon to draw our own using oil pastels. 

Rochford anglers came to school to donate books on Fishing. Thank you and thank you for all the sessions you have put on for the children over the past two years. What a fantastic opportunity this has been for the children !

Mrs Chase's guitar club played some fantastic Christmas Carols to Rec, Year 1 and 2 at various performances this week! Well done everyone!

The Reception children and their adults had a fantastic time building castles yesterday (14th November)

We were very fortunate to welcome a very special guest to Grove Wood today. GB gymnast and Commonwealth, European and World Championship Medal Winner, Courtney Tulloch joined us to share his journey and promote the National Year of Maths in conjunction with Active Essex. The children loved hearing his inspirational story and we were very grateful for his generosity with his time. @courtneytulloch

The Essex Library Service bus visited Year 1 - lots of books were borrowed and can be returned to any library!



The winner of Best New Musical at the Olivier and WhatsOnStage Awards – Back to the Future The Musical – Welcomed audiences to Hill Valley for our first-ever Relaxed Performance earlier this year. Following its success we’re thrilled to confirm our next Relaxed Performance and cannot wait for you to join us at the Adelphi Theatre. When Marty McFly finds himself transported back to 1955 in a time machine built by the eccentric scientist Doc Brown, he accidentally changes the course of history. Now he’s in a race against time to fix the present, escape the past and send himself… back to the future.


Relaxed Performances are specially adapted to be accessible to a wide range of audiences such as those on the autism spectrum, those with a learning disability, or anyone with additional sensory needs. 

For further information regarding the relaxed performance of Back to the Future, please follow the link:


Clothes Bank totaliser - funds raised so far this academic year 23/24...£300

£899 in the academic year 22/23 

£1561 in the academic year 21/22.

Thank you!

Y4 had a wonderful Tudor experience Wednesday (10/01) afternoon with some of the "Company Of Merrie Folke". The children were able to quiz Henry VIII and Queen Catherine about life in Tudor times and discover some new fun facts. They were able to handle lots of artefacts, tried on Tudor clothes, armor, chainmail, held swords, a long bow, handled furs and lucky Tudor charms. They could nibble cheese tarts (so smelly) and root (liquorice), though only the brave tried Tudor cold remedies! They won’t mind going to the modern-day dentist or doctor now and won't forget Tudor remedies of mouse droppings to rot a tooth out or snail slime for healing wounds in a hurry! They even learnt a Tudor dance. Hopefully you've heard all about the fun they had, here are some photos from their experience.

Kindness week in Year 4. 4CS read Kindness is my Superpower and each child wrote a random act of kindness on a post-it note and tried to do it over the week. 4MB made an iMovie all about what kindness means to them and 4LT shared our Shout out Book where children have been spotted for acts of kindness, then made posters and poems.

Years 1-6 had a fantastic day celebrating Times Table Rock Stars. Teachers and staff dressed as Rock Stars to promote Maths with everyone taking part in exciting maths activities!

Patrolled School Crossing Patrol - Safety Concern 

 Could parents please refrain from parking on the restrictive yellow lines close to the school crossing patrol site. This becomes a safety issue for the pedestrians as the patrol has reduced visibility of approaching traffic and drivers are banking up around the crossing site resulting in having to cross pedestrians within a gridlock traffic situation. Please Park up legally and sensibly for the safety of all Grove Wood School pupils.  I have asked the Enforcement Team to monitor this area.

 Please avoid doing three point turns close to the crossing site.

 Please do not allow children to disembark from vehicles at the crossing site as other drivers may overtake the vehicle close to the patrol and pedestrians.

 If you are crossing at the crossing site, please allow the patrol to get to the middle of the road and indicate that it is safe to cross. The danger is that if you do not wait, unaccompanied pupils waiting on the kerb may follow you out into the road when it is not safe to do so. Thank you.

 Kind Regards

 Sharon Wallace

School Crossing Patrol Co-ordinator for Brentwood, Billericay, Basildon, & Castle Point

We have now received the

Young Carers in School Bronze Award!

PE Days

Reception - Thursday AM

Year 1 -  Friday AM

Year 2 - Tuesday AM

Year 3 - Thursday PM

Year 4 - Monday PM

Year 5 - Wednesday PM

Year 6 - Tuesday PM 

The MegaCentre Rayleigh


Every Wednesday we are doing a 'Food Bank Wednesday Collection'. There will be a shopping trolley outside the main entrance for anyone who wishes to contribute. Any items collected will go to the foodbank at the Megacentre. Thank you!

Stars of the week

1st March

Stars of the week

15th February

Stars of the week

9th February

 The Deanes Community Bike Loan Scheme

This is an initiative in partnership with Active Essex and the Bikeability Trust, whereby The Deanes SSP has been able to create a community cycling hub with a stock of adult and junior bikes for local families to borrow free of charge.

We are ready to take bookings as from today, so contact us directly ASAP!  

“My foster parents have shaped my life, now I have a future to look forward to.”

Charlotte was just 9 years old when she was fostered by Cara. Now, at age 17, she is studying Health and Social Care in college with the dream to help other children in the future.Charlotte said: “I don’t see Cara as my foster carer, she’s like my mum. She got me into a good school, encouraged me to get good grades, she wants me to be the best that I can be. I wouldn’t be sat here today if I stayed where I was, Cara has changed everything for me.”

 You can watch Charlotte’s video on youtube. 

 From as little as a weekend a month you can help a child to heal from their trauma and unlock their true potential.  Essex County Council match children to your family, offer 24/7 support, training and your family will receive on average £504 per child, per week. Find out more about fostering by joining a local information event or call 0800 801 530.

 Fostering is incredibly rewarding, offers flexibility and puts family at its heart.


This Friday is our first of many pop-up drop-in Cost of Living Crisis Support Session. 
We would appreciate it if you could please share this with your SEND departments and families. We support families with children and young adults 0-25 years old with SEND, suspected or diagnosed.
This Friday we are at The Health Centre, Canvey SS8 9SU with lots of Cost of Living Support:
  • Shopping Vouchers,
  • Pre Pay Fuel Vouchers,
  • Digital SIM Cards,
  • Foodbank vouchers/referrals
  • Energy & Gas Advice...and much more.
This is a members and non-members event - just drop in and see the friendly team. We will need to see proof ID so please bring this with you.
Thank you to CAVS Voluntary Services for supporting our work and of course our funders; 
  • Essex Community Foundation
  • Southend Emergency Fund
  • Aviva
  • The National Lottery Community Fund
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