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Programme of Possibilities at Greenfield Arts

posted 11 Jan 2021, 03:06 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 11 Jan 2021, 03:06 ]

The spring programme at Greenfield Arts is full of new possibilities with opportunities to develop curiosity, take part in high quality arts activities and support positive projects that encourage us to explore the world around us and wonder what else might be possible.

We are looking forward to celebrating community spirit in the Shout ‘bout Shildon project. This project supported by Shildon Town Council and the Heritage Lottery fund involves Artist Paul Theo Murray and Greenfield Arts working with alongside community groups across Shildon to notice the positive community spirit in the area and celebrate this through creativity. 

The insights will be reflected in new artistic outcomes this spring that will be shared publicly across the town celebrating the positive attributes of the community spirit even through times of adversity. The project examines moments of challenge and of opportunity that have presented themselves throughout time and more recently and ways in which individuals and communities have proactively responded.

The Greenfield Gallery is expected to host thought provoking and dynamic exhibitions that support artists and offer unique opportunities to access high quality art in our community.

We are delighted to begin the season with the Finders, Seekers exhibition commissioned by Greenfield Arts and created by artist Bethan Maddocks. It is a paper installation that has been created as a result of the many creative community conversations that have taken place across 2020.

Spring is a great time to develop or learn new skills and we are continuing to offer quality workshops to inspire learning and creativity.  This season activities in person and online include wellbeing workshops, language refreshers, photography and sketching opportunities to name a few and free family focused activity too.

Greenfield Arts are committed to offering creative opportunities and also have bespoke studio spaces that have state-of-the art facilities, supporting artists, freelancers, creative practitioners and creative groups throughout the region.  If you would like to know more about the facilities and opportunities that are available please visit for further details or speak to our friendly team.

Finders, Seekers at Greenfield Arts

posted 11 Jan 2021, 03:01 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 11 Jan 2021, 03:01 ]

Greenfield Arts are excited to welcome artist in residence Bethan Maddocks who has been working with Greenfield Arts and our wider community to explore the idea of possibility, and create work for the upcoming exhibition ‘Finders, Seekers’

Bethan is a visual artist and is renowned for working with paper structures and creates site specific ephemeral installations that engage audiences. The project has created opportunities for students from Greenfield Community College, the Men’s Cree group and the wider community who have participated in and informed the project.

The exhibition will run from Thursday 14 January to Wednesday 3 March and will inspire creativity, questioning and curiosity.  The creative conversations it draws upon asks questions such as “what change would you like to wake up to tomorrow”. 

Greenfield Arts provides high quality arts and creative opportunities to encourage us all to explore ideas and express ourselves. Visit the website on to find out about more about our programme and our creative spaces. 

Generosity at Greenfield Community College

posted 11 Jan 2021, 02:59 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 11 Jan 2021, 02:59 ]

The community spirit at Greenfield Community College has been outstanding throughout the year with students, staff and families showing their generosity for charities and national initiatives raising funds and giving up their time voluntarily.

The response to the food bank collection this year was exceptional and demonstrates the sense of community at the heart of the school.  A big thank you for all those that have donated and made a difference in these challenging times.  The donations were delivered to Shildon Alive for distribution as part of their valuable community scheme.

Greenfield Community College are committed to supporting their students, staff and families in positive ways and provide opportunities to support students to reach their full potential.  Visit the website for more details and to find links to online learning resources and information or contact the school via the school email

Free Festive Activities at Greenfield Arts

posted 4 Dec 2020, 06:38 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 4 Dec 2020, 06:38 ]

Greenfield Arts are looking forward to their popular free festive craft opportunity.  Join artist Dawn Belshaw for our seasonal activity and make something wonderful from materials found at home.

This season we are adopting ‘a climate of change’ and are celebrating the season with two holiday workshops suitable for age 8+.

Sessions will be held on Monday 21 December from 10:30 – 12:00 (Greenfield Arts) and Tuesday 22 December from 13:30 – 15:00 (Shildon Civic Hall).

This year we will be making crafty Christmas trees that will be lovely to make, decorate and share at home.  Please bring an old book with you to the session.

To find out more about our programme or to book a place via our website just visit and use the simple online form to reserve your place. For further details email or call our friendly team on 01325 379048.

‘Everyday Counts’ for Greenfield Students

posted 4 Dec 2020, 06:36 by Daniel Potts

In a climate where the has been so many challenges and changes for students to overcome it has brilliant to see the commitment that students have shown in many ways.

The slogan ‘Everyday Counts’ is often shared throughout the Greenfield community and whether students have been at home or on the school site they have taken their attendance seriously.

Two students who attained the best possible attendance were recognised recently at an online awards ceremony.  Lucy Barron and Jack Heywood achieved 100% throughout their time at Greenfield, a fantastic achievement, well done.

Following in their foot-steps students have taken part in a 10 Day 100% Attendance Challenge.  “In this very difficult time 539 students rose to challenge of being in school for 2 full weeks from the 5 October until 16 October. This surpassed the previous record of 536 students in February 2020. Each student received 5 house points and a small prize”. said Mr Richardson, Assistant Headteacher

All the winners were put into a draw for prizes.  The winners were, Year 7, Maegen Cummins, Year 8, Ella Richardson, Year 9, Mitchell Dobson, Year 10, Farah Mahjoub and Year 11, Yasmin Lau.  The overall winner was Alisha Kirby.  Well done to all involved and for recognising that everyday counts!.

Greenfield Community College are proud of the response by their students and are committed to supporting students to reach their full potential. The school promotes an inclusive curriculum encouraging students to work together to realise an outstanding learning experience.  If you would like to find out more visit or contact the school by emailing or by calling 01325 300378.

Cree Explore Ways Forward at Greenfield Arts

posted 4 Dec 2020, 06:33 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 4 Dec 2020, 06:33 ]

Greenfield Arts encourage creativity and positive wellbeing through their programme of exhibitions, events, projects and activities.  This season we have continued to offer opportunities to help people explore ideas and think about the world around themselves.

The Men’s Cree group have continued to find ways to meet up regularly in a safe and welcoming environment at Greenfield Arts.  Cree is a group of male volunteers who work on a variety of projects to benefit the community which also contributes to their own wellbeing.  Their achievements often continue to impact upon the community long after their initial involvement.   They have renovated spaces, created little free libraries and produced installations and artwork that can be enjoyed by people throughout the region.

Recently the group have been exploring new possibilities and reflecting upon the current climate.  The sessions have been inspired by artists Bethan Maddocks and Paul Theo Murray who have supported the group to explore new ways forward and how they can be instrumental in positive change.

If you would like to know a bit more about the Arts and wellbeing at Greenfield or learn more about our many projects, courses and activities please contact our team on 01325 379048 or email alternatively you can check out our website on  where you can find out more and join our mailing list. 

Greenfield Arts Continue Campaign

posted 4 Dec 2020, 06:30 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 4 Dec 2020, 06:30 ]

Greenfield Arts have been working alongside young people and artist Paul Theo Murray to help bring about a ‘climate of change’. 

Through community workshops and school assemblies word has been getting out asking ‘How Can I Help’.  Positive slogans are popping up around the school grounds of Greenfield Community College and Greenfield Arts site.   The artwork can be found on banners and walls inspiring young people to think about how they can take positive action and imagine a brighter future.

Paul is a visual mixed-media artist who encourages, supports and develops engagement within communities.  His work is thought provoking and suggests a call to action that is at the heart of the ‘How Can I Help’ campaign.

Young people have been invited to share ideas to help create an exhibition with some amazing contributions.  One young artist,  Phoebe, aged 7, was passionate about her contribution, her theme is around the pollution that causes the sun to burn through and melt the ice filling up the sea and plastic pollution that harms animals on land and fish in the sea with a simple message “we need to stop using plastic”.

Paul has put together an online exhibition which captures the essence of the campaign with striking images that are thought provoking and feature the work of young people.  Visit our website to find our more or simply follow the link,

If you would like to know more about the campaign or the many projects and activities on offer at Greenfield Arts please visit our website

Greenfield Students Show Kindness

posted 23 Nov 2020, 05:32 by Daniel Potts

Students from Greenfield Community College are working alongside staff to show support to each other and promote kindness.  Students are always keen to support initiatives that help others and are enthusiastic fundraisers, recently taking part in activities to support Children in Need and Hello Yellow raising money and awareness for Young Minds.

Currently, as part of National anti-bullying week, they are also raising awareness about being kind at school, highlighting the ways to prevent bullying and responding to it in an effective way.  Staff have been provided with resources to help students recognise and be part of the solution if they become aware of any issues.

Young people across the nation will be taking part in activities such as ‘odd sock day’ a simple way to celebrate difference and show solidarity for the national campaign, the antibullying alliance state, “It’s an opportunity to encourage people to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique!” 

Greenfield Community College are proud of the response by their students and are committed to supporting students to reach their full potential. The school promotes an inclusive curriculum encouraging students to work together to realise an outstanding learning experience.  If you would like to find out more visit or contact the school by emailing or by calling 01325 300378.

Greenfield Arts Imagine if...

posted 23 Nov 2020, 05:30 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 23 Nov 2020, 05:30 ]

This year the regional Culture Bridge North East ‘Imagine If’ conference was held virtually and asked cultural and educational leaders to imagine ways to explore creative learning. 

The conference invited speakers and delegates to address learning in the current climate and “Imagine if... creative arts and cultural experiences gave children and young people the ability to share, understand and emerge from experiences of the COVID-19 crisis.”

Katy Milne, Creative Director of Greenfield Arts, had the opportunity to speak at the prestigious annual conference led by Culture Bridge North East presenting alongside Lorraine Coghill, Science Outreach Coordinator at Durham University.

The creative team gave delegates an opportunity to take part in creative learning activities first-hand, using prompts from recent youth led projects, particularly projects that have been designed by students at Greenfield Community College and explored ways to evolve through recent times.

Katy and Lorraine suggested new ways of approaching self-led learning, its place in emerging from lockdown and imagining new learning futures. They explored some of their collaborative work together and the learning that has come from this work which is shaping practice. Feedback from the conference was very positive. The whole conference was inspiring and encouraged rich discussion and potential action to take forward.

Katy has been working alongside students from Greenfield Community College for over 15 years and is well placed to realise ways in which curiosity and enquiry are at the heart of learning techniques both in and out of the classroom.  The school is one of the few secondary schools that have been awarded a prestigious Platinum Arts Mark Award and are delighted to be celebrating this during National Arts Mark week this month.

Greenfield Arts are committed to delivering high quality arts opportunities that encourage creativity, curiosity and questioning and are continuing to work with students, organisations and the wider community to bring about positive change.

As Science Outreach Coordinator & Ogden Regional Representative NE  - Durham University Science Outreach Lorraine creates, develops and cultivates opportunities for people to work together to explore, enquire and to engage others. Programmes include creative STEM programmes, working with schools, communities, businesses and creative practitioners across the North East.

Culture Bridge North East is one of Arts Council England’s 10 Bridges across England, all of which are tasked with the strategic development of arts and cultural education by, with and for children and young people. Culture Bridge North East is managed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and based at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle. Their vision is that everyone growing up in our region should have a childhood rich with arts and culture.

Greenfield Students Take Up Extra Opportunities

posted 11 Nov 2020, 04:34 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 11 Nov 2020, 04:34 ]

Students at Greenfield Community College have settled well this term in a safe and supportive environment.  Learning opportunities have also seen an added dimension through an extensive extra-curricular programme.

Led by Mr Butterworth, Subject Leader for PE, the programme has attracted students from a range of year groups.  “We launched the extra-curricular programme three weeks ago and have had an extremely successful uptake so far. Students from Year 7-10 have attended a range of sports that are on offer. We currently have 18 clubs running over the course of the week, a great start to the year!” said Mr Butterworth.

There has been a number of challenges in the planning and organisation of the programme with the current COVID pandemic, but staff have been fully committed to creating an extensive offer for students and have fully followed regulations in place to ensure the students can continue to access activities in an enjoyable and safe way.

The extra-curricular programme has been further supported by the reintroduction of the annual House competition ‘Race to Tokyo’. This competition sees students in year 7 and 8 gain mileage for their respective tutor group for every club attended in a race to achieve the mileage from Newton Aycliffe to Tokyo first. Tokyo is the venue of the 2021 Olympic games and this house competition has proved very successful once again providing additional motivation to attend extra-curricular clubs. Prizes for most committed pupils are awarded at the annual Sports Presentation Evening. Well done to all involved.

Greenfield Community College is a Specialist Arts and Science School and is committed to providing extended opportunities to support students to reach their full potential.  Greenfield Community College promotes an inclusive curriculum encouraging students to work together to realise an outstanding learning experience.  If you would like to find out more visit or contact the school by emailing or by calling 01325 300378.

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