A spokesperson said: “I have been in talks with Hayley Pegg from Southend West SSP and Rebecca Jones from ActiveEssex regarding the ‘School run’ project which we are hoping to roll out in Thurrock.
“The School run is designed to encourage parents to get involved in running/walking with sessions catering for a mix of abilities from beginners to intermediate levels.
Headteacher Edward Caines said “These are exciting times in education. We have become used to failed secondary schools being reopened with a massive cash injection and a face lift but now good primary schools which are already successful are becoming independent academies with the freedom to continue their improvement we are going to see something really special.”
Woodside Primary School is building on the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics to extend its already extensive programme of sports and activities for children. This term the school has added a cycling club, archery and handball to a list which now totals 50 regular clubs.