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Sketchbook Workshops at Greenfield Arts

posted 13 Nov 2019, 02:30 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 13 Nov 2019, 02:31 ]


Greenfield Arts are offering three drawing workshops inspired by their latest exhibition ‘Norman Cornish: A Man of Destiny’.  The workshops will offer the opportunity to explore sketching skills and to notice the ‘extraordinary in the everyday’.   Cornish is renowned for his wonderful sketch books, depicting his unique style and offering an insight into the techniques behind his artwork.

The sessions will run on Thursday 14th, 21st and 28th November, led by artist Graham Stead and the cost is just £35.  The exhibition runs until Wednesday 11th December in The Greenfield Gallery and has already attracted over 900 visitors! 

The sessions form part of a full programme of events inspired by the Cornish exhibition and centenary.  Artist in residence Tony Gadd is currently working with Year 10 students from Greenfield Community College to creatively respond to the exhibition. The students have been inspired Norman’s creative process of sketching, resketching and developing an image. “The young people are responding to the exhibition and exploring their own creative process through their writing with spoken work artist Tony Gadd and through the process of sketching with artist Richard Bliss.  They have really thought deeply about an artist’s practice and are responding with really exciting ideas” said Katy Milne, Creative Director of Greenfield Arts.

If you would like to visit the exhibition our opening hours are 10:00 – 21:00, Monday to Thursday and 10:00 – 16:00 on Fridays.  Please visit our website to reserve your place on any of our workshops and browse our exciting new spring season of activity, or contact our friendly team on 01325 379048 email

Call Out for Artists, Open Art 2020

posted 13 Nov 2019, 02:24 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 13 Nov 2019, 02:29 ]

Greenfield Arts are hosting their annual ‘Open Arts Exhibition’, however this year is a special one as they are celebrating their 20th birthday. The exhibition will run from Thursday 27th February – Wednesday 29th April 2020 in the Greenfield Gallery.

The exhibition allows for artists in painting, photography, poetry, embroidery and many more art forms, to showcase their wonderful work to the community. ‘Connecting Communities’ is the concept for this year’s exhibition, with the focus on bringing together and connecting communities in a creative space.  This is inspired by the new spring season of activities now available to book. 

Artists are being asked to respond to the idea of ‘Connecting Communities’ and can submit up to three pieces of artwork that will be showcased and celebrated in the gallery space.

You can register your submission online via our website our contact our friendly team for further information on 01325 379048 or email

Deadlines for entries will be Friday 17th January 2020.  This exhibition plays an important role in our new programme, which boasts a wide range of arts and creative opportunities, including ‘Stories from the Hive’ an exhibition by Julie Cockburn, with related activities in rag rug making and 3D ink drawing; free holiday activities and a range of ways to connect to your creativity.  You can find much more by browsing the fabulous new brochure via the website

Alumni Workshops for Greenfield Students

posted 13 Nov 2019, 02:19 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 13 Nov 2019, 02:21 ]

Students at Greenfield Community College have been given a valuable opportunity to meet former students and learn about their experiences and career choices. 

Year 7 students were able to take part in workshops led by Greenfield alumni to discuss the pathway they have taken through education.  The mentors were able to enlighten students, recounting their experience as to how they got to where they are now and the skills and qualities that are required in the jobs they do.

Students were keen to find out how they were inspired to make choices and were given time to consider their own strengths and weaknesses and how they might build upon these to help achieve their personal goals. 

The workshops were a great success with students engaging with the mentors and making most of the time available - a big thank you to the members of Greenfield Alumni, Jordan Coulthard (Police Officer), Kayliegh Atkinson (Paediatric Nurse), Mary O’Sullivan (Mortgage Processor/Radio Presenter) Stuart Furlonger (Police Officer) and Steve Boyes (Company Director).

Greenfield Community College have partnered with the national education charity Future First who specialise in helping schools stay connected with former students.  The initiative helps motivate and inspire current students to feel more confident in making decisions about their future.

We would love to hear from anyone who attended from Greenfield Community College who would like to join our alumni network and stay connected with the school.  It doesn’t matter when you left us, whether you’re in further education or employment, whether you still live nearby or have moved further away, there are still ways you can help.

In order to sign up, just follow this link and fill in the online form

Greenfield Students Enjoy Extended Curriculum

posted 13 Nov 2019, 02:16 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 13 Nov 2019, 02:17 ]

Students from Greenfield Community College have been extending their learning through theatre visits recently, adding an extra dimension to their studies.

An impressive cohort of 95 students made the trip to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal to see the acclaimed production of ‘An Inspector Calls’ this week.  The show, produced by Stephen Daldry (of Billy Elliot fame) is ‘hailed as the theatrical event of its generation’.  The quality production is a timely experience for Year 11 as the play forms part of their curriculum studies, and includes an extensive resource pack for teaching staff.

The visit was a great success. Mr Smith, Director for Improvement in English, along with members of the English department, accompanied the students and they were thrilled with the performance. Mr Smith stated: “The students thoroughly enjoyed the events unfolding on stage. It gave them the opportunity to see the performance in real-time, bringing the structure, characterisation and the themes of the text to life – alongside some fairly dramatic moments!  All students found it a positive experience.”

This follows a visit to Durham Gala Theatre by Year 11 drama students, who had the opportunity to ‘tread the boards’ recently.  Students had the chance to enjoy the  production of William Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ which ‘explores the dark side of humanity’.  The production was co-produced with Durham Student Theatre and directed by Annie Rigby of Unfolding Theatre.  The students were able to take part in a professional workshop, inspiring their studies in their final year.

There has also been a fabulous programme of live performance opportunities at our school this week.  Greenfield Arts were delighted to welcome Theatre Hullaballoo’s ‘Take Off Festival’ with quality productions of ‘Is this a Dagger’ and ‘My Friend Selma’.  Over 500 students from Greenfield Community College, local primary schools, delegates and audiences from the local community were able to enjoy innovative productions of great quality, alongside a visit to the current exhibition, ‘Norman Cornish: A Man of Destiny.

There is a broad and balanced curriculum at Greenfield Community College with excellent opportunities and facilities for academic and extra-curricular activities including regular educational visits, a range of sports clubs and access to support from on-site partner Greenfield Arts, please contact us for more information

Exchange Visit to France

posted 4 Nov 2019, 00:54 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 4 Nov 2019, 00:54 ]

Last week three students and two teachers from Greenfield Community College took part in a Department for Education and British Council initiative to set up exchange schools between England and Normandy in France. Students had an amazing few days between workshops, seminars and visiting the school itself, Collège Eugène Varlin in Le Havre. They used their knowledge and practical skills to set up links from common ground between the two schools. They practiced their French skills and formed remarkable links with their new exchange partners. These foundations will be passed on to future students to continue to forge links with our new partner school Collège Eugène Varlin and experience how life is in a foreign country.

Ofsted visit to Greenfield Community College

posted 23 Oct 2019, 02:44 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 23 Oct 2019, 02:45 ]

A recent Ofsted visit to Greenfield Community College highlighted a number of strengths within the school and identified a small number of key areas for continued improvement.

Ofsted noted that Greenfield Community College “has a warmth and a friendliness to it, across both the Newton Aycliffe and Shildon sites, the school is calm and has a peaceful atmosphere” and that students “feel well supported by staff”.

Executive Headteacher, David Priestley was pleased to see many positive comments and also recognised the need for continual improvement.  “We are working to build upon positive changes to our curriculum to provide the very best for our students and to support their experience as self-led learners.  More and more students are nurturing a love of reading which will allow them to access a wide range of opportunities.  We are currently developing learning strategies to support a smooth transition from Key Stage 3 to 4 and beyond allowing all students to reach their potential and be ready for their next steps”. 

Ofsted remarked that “there is a deep commitment to the arts in school and how pupils’ lives can be enriched by them. Leaders have increased pupils’ opportunities to access the arts subjects and changed the curriculum to try to bring this about.”  This work is strengthened and supported by our own arts organisation and arts centre, Greenfield Arts. There is also a significant increase in the number of overseas experiences available over the next two years and the school is appointing a new deputy headteacher to support areas of ongoing development.

Greenfield Community College is a specialist Arts and Science School, that is reflected in the curriculum and achievements, including being awarded Arts Council England Platinum Artsmark status.  The school has plans to add to the team of excellent staff in the new year as the curriculum offer continues to expand. 

The school will be re-inspected within two years to ensure that any issues raised have been built on and that the school is achieving the very best for its young people.

Greenfield Arts Call Out for Young Artists

posted 23 Oct 2019, 02:42 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 23 Oct 2019, 02:43 ]

Greenfield Arts are delighted to be able to offer young people the opportunity to earn an accredited Arts Council Arts Award and certificate.  This is a chance for young people aged 7 – 12 to enjoy being creative and learn new skills with guidance from artist Dawn Belshaw.

The six-week course will be inspired by our current exhibition ‘Norman Cornish: A Man of Destiny’, a renowned artist who depicted the extraordinary in the everyday and was motivated by his passion for creativity.

This is a fabulous opportunity for young people who are interested in learning more about the arts and be able to produce their own artwork. 

The course will run weekly each Thursday from 7th November until 12th December 2019, 15:30 to 17:30, at a cost of just £25 for the full course and you can enrol online via our website,

Dawn Belshaw is also resident artist at Greenfield Arts’ popular free Art Club, held each season during term-time on a Monday from 15:45 – 16:45.  This crafty session has inspired young people to create wonderful artwork and learn new skills in a lovely environment.

If you would like to know more please call our friendly team on 01325 379048 or email for more information by Monday 28th October to secure a place. 

Greenfield Teacher Awarded Prestigious Leadership Place

posted 23 Oct 2019, 02:39 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 23 Oct 2019, 02:40 ]

Greenfield Community College have been successful in securing a SSAT Leadership Legacy Project place.  Miss Lauren Foster from Greenfield Community College has been accepted onto the prestigious Leadership Legacy Project by SSAT, the Schools, Students and Teachers network.

Miss Foster will be part of an impressive group of future education leaders from across the country designated as SSAT Leadership Fellows.  Successful Leadership Fellows are all in their first 2-4 years of teaching and have been selected by their Headteachers as already showing the potential to become outstanding school leaders. Involvement in the programme demonstrates commitment by Greenfield Community College and SSAT to developing the next generation of system leaders.

We already know the impact of this project at an individual level is very impressive. Leadership Fellows enrolled on previous years’ programmes have achieved increased leadership responsibilities at an early career stage, through exposure to a wide range of knowledge and information which boosts confidence levels. We also know the activities that the Fellows undertake have impact at classroom and whole school level and bring additional benefits in terms of whole school performance.  SSAT has been designing and delivering school leadership development programmes for 15 years and has over 14,000 alumni, among them some of the country’s most prestigious education system leaders.

Greenfield Community College are investing in and supporting leadership rules across the school to support whole school improvement.

SSAT is fully committed to supporting the development of the next generation of education system leaders and is investing in this prestigious project, free to participating schools. The opportunity will allow SSAT Leadership Fellows to engage with some of the best leaders nationally and internationally and to examine leadership in other sectors.

Creativity for Men’s Cree at Greenfield Arts

posted 16 Oct 2019, 04:00 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 16 Oct 2019, 04:01 ]

The Men’s Cree at Greenfield Arts are looking forward to a creative season.  The group have been offered the opportunity to work alongside artists and practitioners to learn new skills and be inspired by the extraordinary in the everyday.

Most recently the group have had the chance to explore cyanotype with professional artist and photographer Elaine Vizor, a cameraless photographic process using chemicals and light which is thought to be the very first type of photograph.  The group enjoyed creating some wonderful artwork from everyday items. 

The four-week photography workshop sessions have given the Cree men some insight and experience to help with their new project.

The Cree will be part of our ‘Inspired by Cornish’ programme.  They will work with artists Tony Gadd and Richard Bliss to respond to the ‘Norman Cornish: A Man of Destiny’ exhibition which runs in The Greenfield Gallery from Thursday 10th October to Wednesday 11th December 2019.

The Cree alongside KS4 students from Greenfield Community College will explore the work of artist Norman Cornish to create their own modern-day contemporary response.  This will result in a public exhibition at The Greenfield Gallery running from Monday 16th December for a week.

The Men’s Cree continues to meet Mondays 10:30 – 12:30 and is involved in a range of projects and activity.   If you would like to know more about the Cree group at Greenfield or feel you would benefit from the social well-being this group offers contact our friendly team on 01325 379048 email or visit our website

Greenfield Arts Team Up for ‘The Big Draw’

posted 16 Oct 2019, 03:59 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 16 Oct 2019, 03:59 ]


Greenfield Arts are delighted to be part of ‘The Big Draw’ campaign and join the nation to celebrate creativity and drawing.  This year the theme is ‘drawn to life’ and you can join us at Moore Lane Eco Centre, Newton Aycliffe to help us create an exciting piece of art.

The activity is free and you can drop in at any time during 10:30 – 15:00 to be part of a brilliant collaboration.  Artist Vicky Holbrough will be on hand, with staff from Greenfield Arts, to help families think about their community, notice the beauty in the everyday and be inspired to draw and be part of a much bigger venture.

Katy Milne, Director of Arts and Creativity at Greenfield Arts is thrilled to be part of ‘The Big Draw’, the world’s largest drawing festival.  “We are delighted to be part of this campaign” said Katy “it will be amazing to see the community come together with ideas  and drawings that will culminate in a new artwork on the building at Moor Lane Eco Centre.  We will be using recycled materials and diachronic film to create a new artwork on the windows of the Eco Centre building.  We need lots of hands, lots of creative ideas and input from the extraordinary people in our community”. 

Greenfield Arts are pleased to be working in partnership with Great Aycliffe Town Council to provide this creative opportunity.

If you would like to know more about the many projects and activities at Greenfield Arts check out our website or call our friendly team to sign up for our regular newsletters on 01325 379048.

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