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Greenfield Students Visit Historical Krakow

posted 20 Sep 2018, 06:58 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 20 Sep 2018, 06:58 ]

Students from Greenfield Community College have travelled to Krakow, Poland as part of their History studies.   The Year 9 and 10 students travelled to Hotel Wilga, which was lovely place by a little tributary river near Krakow where they could take in some of the amazing architecture of this beautiful Polish city and some Polish ice cream!

Staff and students ventured into Krakow’s Stary Miasto (old place in English) to view the stunning cloth hall and buildings in the old town, learning more about the culture and history of the city.  They then travelled to the site of one of the most serious crimes in the history of the world. The Nazi concentration/death camps of Auschwitz camp I and Auschwitz camp II-Birkenau where over 1 million Jews and other ethnic minorities were murdered by the Nazis.

The staff and students spent 2.5 hours in stunned silence while the guide Richard described some of the countless atrocities that took place there. What really hit many of the young people was seeing the two tons of human hair. It moved many of the students and teachers to tears.  Mr Johnson, Subject Leader in History, described the experience “For me it’s difficult to put into words but deeply moving and harrowing place which shows where racism can go to its ultimate extent. Just to think from that initial thought in someone’s mind that someone is inferior, that hate can grow to the extent of the horrors that were seen in this terrible place. People need to come here so that this type of thing doesn’t happen again.”

The trip also included a river cruise along the River Vistula seeing the stunning Wawel castle on the banks of the Vistula, which was the HQ for the Nazi Governor of southern Poland in World War Two, and earlier the seat of the Polish Kings.  They also visited the Jewish quarter of Krakow and learned about the efforts of Oskar Schindler’s metal manufacturing factory where he managed to save the lives of so many of his Jewish workers (‘Schindler’s List’).  The overall experience was rewarding and reminded students of the resilience that was shown by individuals when faced with such adversity and the impact of this period in history.

This was just one of the valuable opportunities that have been available to students at Greenfield Community College, during the summer students were given the opportunity to visit France to learn more about history and the WW1 Battlefields.  A group of students also travelled to Morocco to take part in the World Challenge.   These have invaluable learning experiences adding an extra dimension to a full and busy learning programme.

Greenfield Community College are committed to helping young people reach their full potential.  If you would like to find out more about the many opportunities available to young people why not come along to one of our open evenings on Thursday 27th September 2018 from 18:00 – 20:00 (Shildon site) and Thursday 4th October 2018 from 18:00 – 20:00 (Aycliffe site).  For information please email

Greenfield Student wins Young Citizen Award

posted 20 Sep 2018, 06:52 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 20 Sep 2018, 06:52 ]


Newton Aycliffe Youth Council have recently announced a new award for young people of Aycliffe recognising their outstanding achievements.  The ‘Aycliffe Young Citizen Award’ is an award which rewards “inspirational and exceptional individuals” from the Aycliffe area.


Staff at Greenfield Community College were very proud to learn that the very first winner of the award was Greenfield student Casey Topping, described by the Youth Council as “a remarkable young lady and without doubt an inspiration to all young people of the town”.


Casey was nominated by her Tutor at Greenfield School for not only achieving through adversity but for being “a delightful, trustworthy individual of whom her school and family are rightly very proud”.


Casey has not only to be proud of her academic achievements but is also a keen sportsperson representing the school at netball.  She has also been recognised for her support to her family, helping to look after her two younger brothers who are disabled and being a constant support to her mum.


Greenfield Community College are very proud of Casey’s contribution to the school and her resilience and care for her family.  During a summer of good news surrounding results and sporting achievements it is lovely to see good citizenship rewarded.


The school are working together with students and families to realise an outstanding learning experience for young people so that they can develop their potential as ambitious, confident self-led learners within a caring environment.

If you would like to know more about the Greenfield Community College why not come along to one of our open evenings on Thursday 27th September 2018 from 18:00 – 20:00 (Shildon site) and Thursday 4th October 2018 from 18:00 – 20:00 (Aycliffe site).  For further information please email

Decorative Glass Painting at Greenfield Arts

posted 20 Sep 2018, 06:51 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 20 Sep 2018, 06:51 ]

Greenfield Arts are once again running exciting specialist arts courses as part of a busy Autumn programme.  This October we have a lovely new creative class on offer where you can learn the principles of glass painting.    

The sessions will be led by talented artist Jilly Johnston who will be there to help you create beautiful glass artwork and guide you through the skills and techniques involved.   

The course will be held in our purpose-built studio and all levels and abilities are welcome.  It’s a great chance to learn something new in a social, welcoming environment.  Why not come along and create something for your home or perhaps for a personal gift.   

The six-week course starts on Thursday 4th October and will be held from 18:00 pm – 20:00 and costs just £35.00 for the full course including materials. This is part of our new learning programme, and there are just a few places left on popular favourites such as yoga, and exploring collage.

You can now book online using our simple online form, just visit or contact our friendly team on 01325 379048 or email

‘Childhood Memories’ at Greenfield Arts

posted 20 Sep 2018, 06:47 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 20 Sep 2018, 06:47 ]


Greenfield Arts are delighted to announce their latest exhibition ‘Childhood Memories’.  The collection showcases the fabulous work of skilful artist Gary Smith.

Gary’s work is based around childhood memories.  The games that were played and the stories told.  At the time there were no computers or mobile phones and this exhibition is a reflection of how ‘play’ has changed.  “We kept ourselves busy by looking for adventures, and on every journey we ventured further away from home” said Gary.  The artist mainly paints in oils using varying tones and shades of grey to convey a sense of times past and pleasant memories from when he was a young boy.

The exhibition will run from Thursday 13th September to Wednesday 3rd October 2018 and is the first exhibition since the recent refurbishment of the gallery.  The exhibition also fits perfectly into the season of ‘play’ at Greenfield Arts and we are privileged to host this wonderful collection of work.

The gallery is open from 10:00 to 21:00 from Monday to Thursday and 10:00 to 16:00 each Friday.

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

Greenfield ‘Class of 2018’ Results

posted 6 Sep 2018, 07:49 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 19 Sep 2018, 03:27 ]

Greenfield Community College ‘Class of 2018’ celebrated strong and well-deserved GCSE success this summer, sustaining the school’s reputation for high academic achievement. Executive Headteacher David Priestley acknowledged the hard work of both staff and students. “We are proud of each and every one of our students. The students have received dedicated support not only from our strong expert teaching team but have had the benefit of invaluable support and encouragement from our wider school community including parents/carers.  We are very proud of all of our students and wish them every continued success.”  

These GCSE results have been achieved amidst huge reorganisation of the national examination system and 2018 was always going to be the time that significant national change was at its peak. The effort, dedication and commitment from staff and students at Greenfield Community College should be credited and has been realised in the successful improved results.  The school achieved English GCSE 4+ (C+) at 69% and Maths GCSE 4+ (C+) at 69%.  75% of students achieved grade 7+ (A+) in Dance, 20% achieved 7+ (A+) in German and seven students achieved the illusive grade 9 in English Literature whilst four students achieved the same grade in English Language and six at grade 9 in RE. Greenfield Community College Vice Chair of Governors, Ian Dennis added, ‘I am delighted to acknowledge the great team effort from everyone involved with the school. The governing body appreciates all the hard work of staff and students and support of our families and the community in the continuous journey of improving results. Very best wishes for continued success to the ‘Class of 2018’ in the next step on their journey.’

Men’s Cree Transform Space for Students

posted 6 Sep 2018, 07:42 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 6 Sep 2018, 07:42 ]

Our fabulous Cree Men at Greenfield Arts have once again weaved their magic to transform a special space for learning at Greenfield Community College.  The group have pooled their skills and talents to improve the space used by small groups of students and learning support staff from the SEND team.  The results are amazing!

Led by Richard Agar the men have helped design and create an area which includes bench seating and imaginative tables and chairs made from recycled materials from the school skip!  It even has a roof light tunnel bringing light to what has become an inspirational space.

The students themselves have also had an input, led by artist Vicky Holborough they have designed artwork and beautifully decorated friendship stones to help create a comfortable and caring environment for young people to thrive.  Staff were amazed at the transformation that had taken place over the summer, “there are no words to describe the difference this will make” said Mrs Etherington.

This is just one of the many projects the Cree Men have been involved in, making improvements for young people and the wider community whilst developing their own well-being.  If you would like to know more about the Cree group why not contact our friendly team on 01325 379048 or visit our website

World Challenge Morocco Expedition 2018

posted 6 Sep 2018, 07:35 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 6 Sep 2018, 07:50 ]

Students from Greenfield Community College have once again taken part in the World Challenge Expedition.  Eight students travelled alongside Mr Butterworth and Mr Robson to Morocco in North Africa as part of the expedition. They had previously raised the £1,500 for their place during the previous year and a half taking part in events including sponsored abseils, bake sales, bag packs, tea parties and quizzes to name a few.

The expedition proved to be a once in a lifetime experience for all who were involved and certainly lived up to and beyond expectations. It was split into three stages; a trek across the slopes of the High Atlas Mountains, a project phase where they renovated part of a primary school and a rest and relaxation period in Marrakech. The title ‘World Challenge’ couldn’t be more appropriate as it most definitely proved one of the toughest challenges of their lives to date. Early starts such as 06:30 wake up calls and the extreme heat during the day, with a peak of 42 degrees celsius, proved very energy-sapping for the challengers whilst trekking over 20km during the two days. Furthermore, a high proportion of this distance was travelling up steep inclines making it much harder and time consuming. This culminated in climbing to a peak height of just over 3000m.

The first phase of the expedition saw the group facilitate their own individual and team skills to help renovate a primary school on the periphery of Ouarazazate, a town made famous for its film studios.  It was a race against the clock to complete within the time restraints they were given.  Particular attention was paid to managing a budget, making their own choices of what they could and couldn’t afford for the local community. The students were also responsible for organising specific skills of people into certain areas, ultimately creating a more purposeful learning environment that will be truly special for the young students upon their return to school.

During the week all the students developed invaluable life skills that will help them develop into mature young adults and this expedition seemed the perfect way for the Year 11 group to round off their time at Greenfield Community College. Each student was given the freedom and guidance to assume the roles needed on an expedition (leader, budget holder, etc) and whilst assuming these roles they learnt more about their own strengths and weaknesses within teams. The challengers certainly took ownership for their own expedition and whilst staff were there at every step to advise and support, they showed superb self-reliance and responsibility for themselves and their team. The life skills learnt on expedition will prove very helpful in future life and for college or job interviews.

Many special memories were shared during the visit that will last a lifetime. For instance, it’s not every day you camp in the mountains at a height of over 3000m, experience 42 degrees celsius heat, play games of football against young Moroccans, watch England’s World Cup Quarter final with a local Berber family, visit the Ouarzazate Atlas Film Studios who’ve hosted major scenes from blockbusters including Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Game of Thrones and The Mummy, haggle with Marrakech stall owners to get the cheapest price possible, eat an evening meal in the hustle and bustle of Marrakech square with thousands of people surrounding you, see animals such as a cobra, camel, mule and monkey, and of course not forgetting the fantastic treks through the High Atlas Mountains and the feeling obtained knowing that you have played your part in making a special learning environment that will help develop and educate young Moroccan students. This brief account can only highlight a few stories with many more in the memory of those challengers who can share experiences and tales of their time in Morocco for years to come.

The challengers did their school, their families and most importantly themselves proud during this visit to Morocco. Well done to all challengers.  The school is coordinating another World Challenge expedition to Morocco in the summer of 2020 for the pupils currently going into Year 9 and 10. More details and an assembly will follow during the first few weeks back where you can register an interest with Mr Robson who is taking over from Mr Butterworth as School Expedition Leader.  A big thank you to Mr Butterworth for all his hard work on this event, both he and Mr Robson have recently received special commendations for their brilliant achievements in relation to the World Challenge expedition. Their outstanding efforts to support the students have been highly praised by the World Challenge Organisation, well done to all involved.

Be Creative with Collage at Greenfield Arts

posted 20 Aug 2018, 07:02 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 22 Aug 2018, 00:19 ]

Greenfield Arts are once again offering exciting specialist arts courses as part of a busy Autumn programme.  In the new season we are delighted to see the return of our popular ‘Exploring Collage’. 

The sessions will be led by talented mixed media artist Sharron Bates, who will guide you through the skills and techniques involved in this beautiful art form. 

The course will cover many aspects of collage and you will have the chance to create your own designs with expert guidance from Sharron.  The results are amazing, so why not come along to this friendly class and learn a new skill in a lovely environment.

The ten-week course starts on Tuesday 18th September and will be held from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm and costs just £50.00 for the full course including materials.

You can now book online using our simple online form, just visit or contact our friendly team on 01325 379048 or email

A ‘Playful’ Summer at Greenfield Arts

posted 20 Aug 2018, 07:01 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 22 Aug 2018, 00:18 ]

Our summer holiday activities have been a big hit with families this year, inspiring a playful spirit and sparking imagination.

Artist Sharron Bates conjured up a fabulous session with her window wizards as the young people got the chance to create a fabulous display for our entrance foyer.  Budding artists made their own brushes and produced some fabulous artwork with great enthusiasm.  The results are fabulous and can be seen on display at Greenfield Arts.

Our playful theme continued as Crazy Crafts expert Dawn Belshaw returned to Foundations Building, Shildon, inspiring young people to come together to create a wonderful piece of artwork and design their own puppet theatre.  Imaginations ran riot as they put their own stamp on this lovely theme and created their own characters.

Jilly Johnston brought the art of story-making to life leading a fun session where young people got the chance to create puppets, make a play and explore the wonder of words.   The results were amazing, a big well done to everyone!

Our Autumn learning programme for adults and young people is now available.  Why not come along and try something new, some of our popular favourites return with Exploring Collage, Yoga and Spanish and weekly sessions for young people in Dru Yoga and our ever-popular Art Club.

To find out more about what we offer please check out our website where you can book online using our simple online form.  For further information you can contact our friendly team on 01325 379048 or email

Spanish Skills at Greenfield Arts

posted 20 Aug 2018, 07:00 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 20 Aug 2018, 07:00 ]

Greenfield Arts are offering a full programme of activities and courses for the autumn season.  Have you ever thought of learning a new language?  As part of our programme we are offering our popular Spanish sessions, a great chance to learn a new skill in a friendly environment.

This year we are offering two extended sessions for Beginners and Improvers.  Our Beginners session is perfect for those just starting out and will bring your Spanish for holidays or simply to make a start and learn something new. If you already have a basic knowledge we run an Improvers session.  This level is ideal for those who know the basics and want to progress their knowledge of speaking and grammar, a great help for those who want to hone their skills or use Spanish for business purposes.  All classes are led by professional tutor Daria Coates who is on hand to guide you through the sessions.

The ten-week course will start on Tuesday 18th September 2018, Spanish Improvers 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm and Spanish Beginners 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

During our season of play we are looking to promote activities that encourage imagination and creativity.  We are offering courses in a range of activities including Yoga, Floral Art and more Specialist Arts courses such as Exploring Collage, Decorative Glass Painting and our popular Creative Forum.  We hope you will find something suitable for you!

For all courses and events please book your place via the online enrolment link, which can be found 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

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