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posted 18 May 2017, 04:42 by Daniel Potts

Greenfield PE Department gain Association for Physical Education Quality Mark status

posted 16 May 2017, 05:52 by Sophie Lewis

Greenfield Community College PE department are delighted to announce that they have recently been awarded the Association for Physical Education (afPE) Quality Mark for PE and School Sport. This prestigious award is a powerful way of celebrating the success of the department. The afPE Quality Mark recognises, through a thorough self-review and evaluation process, the strength and quality of physical education and sport in the school. It raises the profile of the subject and the school both locally and nationally and promotes the high quality work that is being undertaken on a day-to-day basis.

At Greenfield, we are fully aware that all young people are entitled to benefit from a high quality physical education and there is significant evidence to show this supports other learning right across the curriculum. It also contributes to healthy and active lifestyles, improves emotional well-being, reduces poor behaviour, increases attendance and develops key skills such as leadership, confidence and social skills. High quality physical education and all the additional benefits are a great cause of celebration and the afPE Quality Mark has provided the independent endorsement of this at Greenfield Community College.

Schools across the UK are invited to apply for the afPE Quality Mark which has become the benchmark and industry standard for high quality. Greenfield Community College PE Department now joins only three other PE Departments in the county to hold this award.

Jason Rhodes, County Durham Secondary Lead for Teaching, Learning and Assessment in PE and afPE Validator recently presented the department with a certificate and an engraved plaque with the school now listed on the afPE Quality Mark webpage. Martin Butterworth, Subject Leader for PE, who was responsible for coordinating the application with his team, commented ‘It is very pleasing for the department to be acknowledged with such an esteemed award. It pays tribute to all the hard work of our PE staff on a day to day basis at Greenfield that has allowed us to realise our continuous commitment to ensuring that pupils receive high quality PE and school sport provision’.

The CSI Experience: Sunnydale Campus

posted 16 May 2017, 05:50 by Sophie Lewis

Tuesday the 25th of April 2017 seemed like an ordinary day on the Sunnydale Campus, Greenfield Community College. Little did the students know that they would get the chance to form their own Crime Investigation Team.

Thornhill students from Year 5 were handed the job of solving the crimes which included a ‘mock’ celebrity kidnapping, the victim being from a very famous girl band! The day began with a clue hunt, as the students from Group 1 performed various movements on the trampoline they were given clues to decode. Group 2 found their clues whilst orienteering around the school grounds.

Both groups ended up in Science where they were dressed in forensic investigator uniforms including gloves (naturally they couldn’t contaminate the crime scene). In the Science department, the students were faced with three fingerprints, fibres, and an ink test which they analysed. Opinions were divided in regards to the perpetrator and further tests were required. The Science sessions ended with an experiment using potassium and Bunsen burners. Students were left slightly puzzled but had their bag of evidence including the fingerprints and fibres.

Art was a quick hit with all students but they were faced with the difficult task of building the fingerprint lifted from the crime scene. In small groups, and then eventually as a whole class, Year 5 had a white frame in which they needed to create/build the print using black sugar paper. Once completed, the visual analysis left all students with a clear picture of the perpetrator.

The afternoon sessions started with a lesson in the history of girl bands.

Matching world, historical events with the girl bands popular at the time proved tricky yet fun. Questions such as was JFK assassinated when The Supremes were popular? were buzzing around the room and the students displayed superb team skills to complete the timeline which included Banarama, Destiny’s Child and of course The Spice Girls.

Finally, the day ended in English with both groups creating a news broadcast of the crime. Students were also surprised with a visit from a real Crime Scene Investigator who provided information about the solving of crimes.

Thank you to the students of Thornhill Primary School who were very welcome visitors, it proved to be a very enjoyable day for all.

Greenfield Arts Host Writer’s Conference

posted 16 May 2017, 05:47 by Sophie Lewis

Greenfield Arts are thrilled to have been chosen as a venue for an inspirational one-day conference which forms part of an exciting initiative being led by Writer’s Block North East. The conference, which includes workshops and guest speakers will be held in the creatively designed Studio 2.

Writer’s Block have selected a group of up-and-coming writers to take part in a nine month development programme where they will benefit from one-to-one mentoring, workshops and expert advice leading to the opportunity to showcase their talents to literary agents and industry professionals.

Greenfield Arts are delighted to play a part in such an innovative venture and are looking forward to hosting what should prove to be an enjoyable and fruitful day. The is the second year that Greenfield Arts has been chosen for the Conference, Laura Degnan, Director of Writer’s Block is also looking forward to returning to the venue “The conference room is large, bright and spacious and suited our needs perfectly. It's quiet and private, with good facilities” said Laura.

Greenfield has also been nurturing their own budding authors through their popular creative writing masterclass. The next session, which is led by respected author John Dean will be held on Thursday 15th June from 6 pm – 8 pm and costs just £5, why not come along and learn how to create characters, plot stories and embark on your very own novel!

If you are interested in hiring our conference facilities or want to know a bit more about our Learning Programme why not check out our website on or give our friendly team a call on 01325 379048.

Greenfield Rocked You!

posted 9 May 2017, 05:20 by Sophie Lewis

Students at Greenfield Community College put on their biggest show to date, wowing audiences of over 800 people. ‘We Will Rock You, a musical by Queen and Ben Elton, tells the story of a time in the future; on a place that was once called ‘Earth’- globalisation is complete. Musical instruments and live music are banned, and it is up to ‘Galileo and Scaramouche’ to fight back against ‘Killer Queen’ to find what has been lost. Hit songs such as ‘Radio Gaga’, ‘Don’t stop me now’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and of course ‘We Will Rock You’ were performed in front of sell out audiences.

Friends and families of the school as well as the public were captivated by high tech sets, lighting and sound. One audience member commented ‘It was amazing, I can’t believe it was a school production!’

Ali Dixon, subject leader for Performing Arts, said ‘It was a huge challenge, it’s always tricky putting on a production which has such a reputation- We Will Rock You ran for 12 years in the West End and has toured around the world! Queen’s music is notoriously difficult to sing and play but the cast and crew pulled it off superbly. Everyone worked tremendously hard, I am so proud of all involved. It really was a whole school, team effort’

Creative Wax Batik Workshop at Greenfield Arts

posted 9 May 2017, 05:17 by Sophie Lewis

Greenfield Arts are excited to offer a brand new workshop in Wax Batik led by talented textile artist Rosi Thornton. Batik is an artistic craft which is a wonderfully creative medium using wax and dye on cloth and is part of an ancient tradition which originates from Java.

The techniques are very expressive and the results can be amazing. Participants will have the opportunity to experiment and design their very own piece of work with the benefit of expert guidance and tuition from Rosi.

The Wax Batik session will be held on Thursday 25th May 2017 from 2 pm – 4 pm at a cost of only £10 for the session. All materials are provided and you will be able to take your own artwork home on the day.

The workshop is just one of the new exciting creative opportunities that are being offered this term. There is also a new creative forum which is held every Friday morning from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm and offers the opportunity for creatives of all ages and abilities to come together to develop your artistic skills with the guidance of mixed media artist Sharron Bates.

Sharron is also leading a 5 week course in exploring collage which will commence on 6th June 2017 and will run from 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm. Participants will have the chance to learn to blend materials to create truly exciting original images for themselves.

You can now book online for our courses and activities at or if you would like more information give our friendly team a call on 01325 379048.

Fantastic football Result for Greenfield Students!

posted 5 May 2017, 04:39 by Sophie Lewis   [ updated 5 May 2017, 07:02 by Daniel Potts ]

Congratulations to Josh who was the winning captain of the A.F.Hardy inter-association trophy final.

Bishop Auckland schools had a very tricky path to the final, beating Stockton 5-1 in round 1 and a nail biting 4-3 victory against Middlesbrough in round 2. The semi-final was against North Tyneside and the 1-0 win secured a place in the final.

The final was played at Dunston United AFC on Thursday 27th April against a very strong Newcastle side who had previously only lost once in their last 18 games.

Newcastle started the brighter with Bishop Auckland schools defending bravely and Josh did many goal saving sliding tackles to keep the score 0-0. The best chance went to Bishop who should have made it 1-0 just before the break but the goal keeper did a great save from a 1v1.

Bishop schools started the second half brightly putting more and more pressure on Newcastle and they scored a great goal which was well deserved to make it 1-0. With Newcastle looking for the equaliser Josh was kept busy at centre back but kept resolute with many towering headers and blocks to keep Bishop Schools in the lead. With 10 minutes to go, Bishop schools scored a great goal on the break to make it 2-0.

Greenfield School would once again like to congratulate all the boys selected to make up this fantastic U/13 team and especially Josh who captained the team to a magnificent victory, commenting "What a great set of lads, despite getting dominated in the first half, we kept our heads up and came out brighter, well done lads!."

FREE Holiday Activities at Greenfield Arts!

posted 5 May 2017, 04:33 by Sophie Lewis

Stay entertained this holiday with our wonderful creative workshops designed for young people and families!

Greenfield Arts’ will be offering a FREE half term holiday activity programme, including Crazy Crafts in Shildon, with Family Cooking and Arts Foraging in Newton Aycliffe! See how you can create brilliant inventions from recycled items found at home, with artist Dawn Belshaw, or join her in Aycliffe to get a breath of fresh air and create brilliant works of art from foraged items found in the great outdoors. Jan Hodgson will also be returning with her wonderful Family Cooking sessions!

Activities are suitable for all ages and families, children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Bookings are now open and to make this process even smoother and more secure we have added an online service. Please visit our website for more details on sessions and to see how to book your place.

To find out more about what we offer through the school term and holidays please check out our website, contact Greenfield Arts on 01325 379048, or pop in and speak to one of our members of staff.

Greenfield Arts Latest Exhibition

posted 27 Apr 2017, 05:08 by Sophie Lewis   [ updated 5 May 2017, 07:02 by Daniel Potts ]

‘Antinomies’ by Helen Winthorpe Kendrick: Thursday 4th May – Wednesday 31st May 2017

Greenfield Arts invites you and the public to the preview of our latest exhibition by Helen Winthorpe Kendrick on Wednesday 3rd May 6pm to 8pm, with an artist talk at 6:30pm.

Antinomy is a contradiction between principles or conclusions that seem equally necessary and reasonable; a paradox. Life is full of contraries, contradictions, contrasts and compliments. They can be at odds with one another or enhance each other. This exhibition will explore a range of such juxtapositions and bring them together in one place. Opposites will be compared and contrasted, placing them next to each other for impact.

Helen will be in attendance at the preview event with artworks for sale throughout the exhibition. The evening will also include an artist talk at 6:30pm.

Alongside the gallery programme we also offer the latest in our Craft Programme, which is our home-grown programme of cabinet displays, offering artists the opportunity to display their craft and design work. It is specifically suitable to work which isn't always suitable for a large gallery space, and gives artists the chance to promote their work and skills in a more flexible way.

Tilly Shaw and Peter Holmes will be the next artists to exhibit their work in this brilliant programme. Tilly works with driftwood creating beautiful pieces of art, remarking that ‘beaches along the North East Coast line are desolate and remote, so driftwood that is wave rolled, shaped and smoothed by the sea and sand is plentiful if you know where to go.’ Where as Peter offers magical ceramic pieces of art, some of which have been on display in our recent Open Art exhibition, offering an insight into his historical and mythological Green Men series.

For more information on any of the information here, check out the website or speak with one of our lovely team members on 01325 379048 or

Gallery Opening Times: Monday – Thursday 10am – 9pm and Friday 10am – 4pm.

Reinventing Revision: Fast and Furiously!

posted 27 Apr 2017, 05:03 by Sophie Lewis   [ updated 27 Apr 2017, 05:09 ]

The Year 11 students at Greenfield Community College, Sunnydale Campus, displayed their dedication to GCSE English by attending a two-day intensive revision session. Yes, Easter was placed on hold as the students took their English Literature revision to the next level. 

The two days included memory tests and even an Eminem-style rap off using quotations from the set texts and set poems – 8 Mile has nothing on the ability of these students! Additionally, students tested their vocabulary knowledge in relation to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde through a game of bingo with a quick winner shouting “HOUSE”. Who said revision wasn’t fun?

Alongside more engaging activities, the students did complete exam style responses and the success of the two days was clear, a student claimed: “So glad I came to this, my revision at home isn’t as structured and I’ve definitely improved in certain areas.”

To complete the two days, the students were rewarded with Dominoes pizzas for lunch, bacon sandwiches for breakfast and a trip to see Fast and Furious 8.

Revision has found a new meaning.

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