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Latest Exhibition at Greenfield Arts

posted 14 Jan 2019, 00:41 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 14 Jan 2019, 00:44 ]


Greenfield Arts are delighted to announce their latest exhibition ‘We Just Take Pictures’ by Darlington Camera Club.

The exhibition is a collection of images taken by members of Darlington Camera Club which showcases the skill and creativity of this established group.  Members have a range of experience and interest in the many topics of photography and there is a wonderful selection of work to appreciate.  The exhibition will run from Thursday 10th January 2019 to Wednesday 30th January 2019. 

This exciting collection showcases the many aspects of photography and is sure to appeal to a wide audience. The exhibition is open to the public at The Greenfield Gallery from 10:00 – 21:00 Monday to Thursday (except bank holidays) and 10:00 – 16:00 each Friday. 

Perhaps you have thought about exhibiting your own work?  The deadline for our popular Open Art Exhibition is fast approaching (11th January 2019) but its not too late to submit your entry.  This opportunity gives artists the chance to exhibit up to three pieces of work, just visit our website for further details and take that next step.

If you would like to know a bit more about our forthcoming gallery programme or the courses and activities available at Greenfield Arts please check out our website or call our friendly team on 01325 379048 or email

Spring Season at Greenfield Arts

posted 14 Jan 2019, 00:39 by Daniel Potts

The start of a new year is always a great time to start something new and there are some wonderful opportunities at Greenfield Arts for the coming season.

There are still places on creative courses such as the popular ‘exploring collage’ course or you can sample a brand new range of studio sessions. These include creative photography, jewellery making and a lino print workshop. 

The Greenfield Gallery will also be hosting their annual ‘Open Art Exhibition’, a chance for artists to submit artwork that showcases creativity and imagination as part of Greenfield’s season of play.  The exhibition will be held in March and April 2019 and will open with a special ‘Let’s Play’ Preview with taster sessions and the chance to sample activities.

There are further opportunities for young people with free weekly sessions such as young yoga and art club and creative free holiday activities in February half term holidays.

Greenfield Arts have something for all ages and abilities, whether you are looking to improve wellbeing or develop your artistic talent, whatever age or level you will be welcome at Greenfield Arts!  Participants on recent courses said “I’ve loved finding something that I really enjoy” and that Greenfield Arts is a “great venue”.

For full details of the exciting new programme and more about our activities and events just check out our website  For courses and holiday sessions please book your place via the online enrolment form on the ‘Courses and Activities’ page on our website.  If you would like any further information please contact our friendly team on 01325 379048 or email

Greenfield Students Are On Song

posted 14 Jan 2019, 00:37 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 14 Jan 2019, 00:38 ]

Students from Greenfield Community College have been busy off-site performing at community events.  Members of the Greenfield choir were recently involved in the annual Rotary Christmas Carol concert where they sang a wonderful rendition of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ to an enthusiastic audience.  The choir was led by music specialist Mr Gomez-Gill who not only coached the students but also accompanied them on guitar.  The concert was a great success bringing schools together for this special event in the season’s calendar.

The group of singers were subsequently invited to perform at Rose Lodge Care Home where they entertained the residents and were given the opportunity to be an integral part of the community.  Greenfield Community College is a Specialist Arts and Science School and consistently encourages and supports students to be creative, express themselves and their ideas and share this work by participating in public local and regional events as part of their education.

Little Shop of Horrors at Greenfield

posted 9 Jan 2019, 03:14 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 9 Jan 2019, 03:14 ]

News travelled fast as students from Greenfield Community College heard about the great choice of show for the annual school performance.  Little Shop of Horrors is a Broadway and West End favourite and competition for places was fierce.

Students once again made it very difficult for judges as they produced quality auditions for the major parts with an enthusiastic pool of performers competing to be part of the production.

Little Shop of Horrors is an American rock musical comedy and is sure to have the audience in raptures when it premieres at Greenfield in May next year.  It will be very difficult to live up to the brilliant record of recent shows School of Rock and We Will Rock You which proved to be a great success. Families and friends were amazed at the productions and how the staff and students worked together to showcase exceptional talent both on stage and behind the scenes.   

Greenfield are busy bringing together what is sure to be another quality performance, watch this space for further information and ticket sales in the new year.

Greenfield Newshounds are Animated

posted 9 Jan 2019, 03:12 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 9 Jan 2019, 03:12 ]

The Student Newshounds at Greenfield Community College are once again working their magic as they celebrate and report on all that is good about school life at Greenfield.  The group of students have had their noses to the ground working creatively with filmmaker Laura Degnan to make and release their own stop-motion animated film. 

The Newshounds have been professional, enthusiastic and creative coming up with ideas and contributing to all elements of the process.  Laura was amazed at their contribution, “The young people’s enthusiasm made this project an absolute pleasure to work on. Each student was brimming with brilliant ideas and a passion to explore and experiment to make the film the very best that it could be. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the impressive Newshounds group does next!”

The film has just had its first screening at a prestigious educational conference entitled ‘Pure Imagination’ where Executive Headteacher Mr David Priestley wowed the audience of 1000 educationalists with the insightful work of the students at Greenfield.  The film was very well received by the audience and the school has since received messages congratulating the imaginative work from the students and admiration for the film.

Katy Milne, Director of Arts and Creativity at Greenfield Arts who has been leading the project was very proud of the young people.  “The animation is superb.  It speaks from the voice of the young people and reflects the creative, caring and inclusive organisation that it is.  I’m so proud of the students and have enjoyed working with them on this and any other outstanding pieces of work they have realised recently.”

Greenfield Support Christmas Shoebox Appeal

posted 7 Jan 2019, 05:19 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 7 Jan 2019, 05:20 ]

Following last year’s incredible generosity of Greenfield students, staff and the wider Greenfield family the school were once again approached to support the silent Christmas appeal.

The appeal brings happiness to many children and young people in the area who might otherwise not receive a gift at Christmas.   The response has once again been heart-warming with a shower of gifts arriving each marked with a specific age range and wrapped in festive paper to bring a Christmas surprise for young people.  The shoeboxes are filled with a range of items and festive treats that will make Christmas a little more special.

Subject Leader Ms Amy Thurley has been leading the appeal at Greenfield with help from staff and students who have worked with enthusiasm and care to make this happen.  The boxes were officially handed over to Counsellor Gerald Lee.

Greenfield Students Contribute to Food Bank Appeal

posted 7 Jan 2019, 05:17 by Daniel Potts

Students from Greenfield Community College have continued to contribute and make a difference to the local community by supporting an important local appeal.

Mountain Hartside tutor group alongside their tutor Miss Foster have been running a food bank appeal for local charity Shildon Alive, who help local people with food hampers and cupboard top ups. Both sites have contributed lots of food and products to be donated.

Shildon Alive visited the school recently to collect the donations and speak to the tutor group. The students were tasked to build a food hamper for a family, to see how the products get grouped together. It was a brilliant opportunity for students to see what is actually required to create family meals.

Greenfield Community College and in particular staff and students from Mountain Hartside tutor group are thankful for all the donations from staff and students across our school.

Student Designs School Christmas Card

posted 7 Jan 2019, 05:11 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 7 Jan 2019, 05:11 ]

Students have once again created some wonderful designs as part of Greenfield’s annual Christmas Card competition.  The young people showed their creative skills as they used different media to add their own distinctive style to each festive image.

The results were amazing with many cards also depicting the caring and inspiring ethos at Greenfield Community College.  It was a very difficult job for the judges but eventually a winner was chosen and Year 9 student Lauren Hartley claimed the top spot.  The design has now been printed by professionals and sent to hundreds of people across the Newton Aycliffe and Shildon area. Lauren has also been presented with a gift voucher and her own framed copy to keep which will hopefully inspire her future designs.

Well done to all who entered the competition, the standard was very high and we look forward to seeing what the students can achieve next year!

Greenfield Head Speaks at SSAT Conference

posted 17 Dec 2018, 05:36 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 17 Dec 2018, 05:38 ]

Greenfield Community College are always keen to praise their students and celebrate their many outstanding achievements.  The spotlight is less often focused upon the excellent teaching practice and strong leadership that prevails at Greenfield.   To make an exception, Executive Headteacher, David Priestley was one of only two headteachers invited to speak at the prestigious SSAT Conference (Schools, Students and Teachers Network) recently where he addressed over 1000 educationalists.

The conference entitled ‘Pure Imagination’ was held at the International Conference Centre in Birmingham and focused on the qualities needed for imaginative but practical leadership and how a culture of imagination can be embedded within schools.  Mr Priestley was asked to take the main stage and share his experience of leadership and how he has successfully used creativity and imagination to develop the Greenfield organisation. 

The experience gave Mr Priestley the chance to expand upon the many extraordinary opportunities that are on offer for students at Greenfield Community College and how the journey of the school has made the most of a creative approach to education.  This has included a range of projects and strategies that encourage students to think creatively including theatre residencies, whole student campaigns through ‘Time for Success’ lessons, the role of student leaders and the use of a personal development book and journal.

“It is important for us to create an environment for learning that is meaningful, engaging, relevant and accessible, which is why we invest significant time in the arts including creative programmes designed by Greenfield Arts that support school improvement.  We continually aspire to ‘imagine and re-imagine’ what it would be like if we are to fully develop the potential of our students as confident self-led learners” said Mr Priestley.

Greenfield Student Leaders Try, Achieve and Inspire

posted 11 Dec 2018, 00:25 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 11 Dec 2018, 00:25 ]

The student leadership team at Greenfield Community College have been delivering assemblies to the full school this week to feed back the many achievements made over recent months in key areas.

Following their campaign to understand and find possible resolutions to issues concerning students and staff the student leaders were able to stand up and relay how they have approached each item and the positive changes that they have supported. To communicate their achievements student leaders also screened their very own film which outlined how these changes have taken place.  The making of the inspirational film was an experience which not only acted as an inspiring visual example but empowered the students to be confident and able to voice their own individual experiences.

The team spoke about the impact of student feedback and how this had influenced the new house system, something which has brought the school together and improved communication systems within the school.   The film also depicted the ‘feet’ campaign, where every student had the chance to make positive change and have a voice, explaining how their ideas and worries can create a footprint on the school and how students and staff are listening. 

Student leaders at Greenfield have grown in confidence, they have spoken at a local conference, outlining their ideas and how they are working to take these forward.  Katy Milne, Director of Arts and Creativity, has been supporting and developing the team and is very proud of the progress they have made, “They have had a big impact on school improvement and have made sure the dialogue between staff and students stays open.  They have influenced many whole school changes and decisions including the house system, staff training and school uniform” said Katy.

The team are expanding and have had a high number of interest forms from other students.  They are looking forward to other great achievements in the New Year including developing a student voice conference.  What great leaders of the future.

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