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Open Event at Greenfield Community College

posted 17 Sep 2019, 00:10 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 17 Sep 2019, 00:11 ]

Greenfield Community College would like to invite you to their annual open event on Thursday 26th September 2019.

The evening will offer the opportunity to visit the school and learn more about the wide-ranging curriculum and excellent facilities available on both Newton Aycliffe and Shildon sites. 

Greenfield Community College is a Specialist Arts and Science School and has recently received the Platinum Artsmark, the highest accolade, to celebrate their continuing success in delivering and supporting creative learning in the arts.  The commitment is also reflected in GCSE results with many students achieving outstanding results.

Executive Headteacher, Mr David Priestley, is looking forward to welcoming prospective students and their families and will be on hand to talk about the many opportunities and support available at Greenfield.  “The school offers extraordinary opportunities for each and every student to develop their potential as ambitious, confident, self-led learners.” said Mr Priestley.

There is a broad and balanced curriculum 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.

To find out more join us at our free open evening event on Thursday 26th September 2019, Shildon site 17:30 – 20:00, Newton Aycliffe site 18:15 – 20:00 or contact us for more information

Autumn Programme Arrives at Greenfield Arts!

posted 17 Sep 2019, 00:05 by Daniel Potts

Greenfield Arts are delighted with the response to their new season of activity and are looking forward to the many creative events and activities that are on the horizon. 

Autumn is always a brilliant time to start something new with that ‘back to school’ feeling and an opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and try something extraordinary.  This season Greenfield Arts are inspired by the extraordinary in the everyday, noticing the beauty in our lives and in our community.  Greenfield Arts boast a range of artists and facilitators who can support and guide you in our many workshops, courses and projects.

The Greenfield Gallery has a wonderful programme in store.  Current exhibition Man-Made has attracted a wide-ranging audience and inspired visitors and community groups from afar.  With just a few days left the exhibition by Richard Bliss is a must see – supported by Turner Prize Winner Lubaina Himid and artist William Titley the exhibition explores identity and masculinity and runs until 18th September.  

This is followed by a wonderful exhibition ‘Norman Cornish: A Man of Destiny’, an exciting new exhibition which forms part of the Cornish Centenary season.  The exhibition features artwork, personal artefacts and quotes which create a narrative that shows the determination and resilience of this popular local artist.  The exhibition has inspired a number of workshops and activities at Greenfield Arts including an illustrated talk by Norman’s son-in-law Mike Thornton. 

Our programme begins with a new creative workshop in Cyanotype, a cameraless photgraphic process that creates beautiful prints.  You can enrol or find out more about our programme on our website email or call our friendly team on 01325 379048.   

Greenfield Arts Celebrate Cornish Centenary

posted 5 Sep 2019, 05:45 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 5 Sep 2019, 05:46 ]

Greenfield Arts are looking forward to hosting an exhibition by a renowned and well-loved local artist. ‘Norman Cornish: A Man of Destiny’ will run from Thursday 10th October – Wednesday 11th December and chronicles the great determination and resilience he showed to become a professional artist. 

The exhibition forms part of the Norman Cornish Centenary celebrations which is a year long celebration of his life and work.  The artist’s family, in collaboration with galleries across the north east, have curated a series of exhibitions and events to take place throughout 2019 that focus on Norman’s life and work and how he captured the beauty in the everyday. 

“Many of the ordinary but fascinating people who frequented these places are gone.  However, in my memory, and I hope in my drawings, they live on.  I simply close my eyes and they all spring to life”.  Norman Cornish.

Norman Cornish was born on the 18th of November 1919 in the small town of Spennymoor. At the age of just 14, Norman left school and began work as a coal miner. From a very young age, Norman had always been passionate about drawing and painting and he soon became aware of the sketching club at the Spennymoor Settlement. Norman was accepted as a member at the age of 15, giving him the opportunity to meet other likeminded artists and ultimately offering him the opportunity to exhibit his work.

The Centenary has offered the opportunity and privilege to celebrate Norman’s life and work, the exhibition features personal quotes from Cornish and an interesting narrative that highlights key moments of his career and showcases work that was produced when materials or conditions were not always optimal.

Alongside the exhibition events at Greenfield Arts include an Illustrated talk by Norman’s son-in-law Mike Thornton, Primary School workshops with daughter-in-law Dorothy Cornish, an artist in residence programme, a visual arts project, and sketchbook workshops inspired by his work.  The exhibition will culminate in an exhibition response titled ‘Inspired by Cornish’ which will include a spoken word performance by poet Tony Gadd on 16th December 2019 at 13:00, the exhibition response will run until 20th December 2019.

This exhibition is part of the centenary programme.  Other exhibitions and events are programmed throughout the year, please see for more information.

To find out more about ‘Norman Cornish: A Man of Destiny’ please see our website or contact our friendly team at or call us on 01325 379048. 

Summer School Success at Greenfield

posted 5 Sep 2019, 05:42 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 5 Sep 2019, 05:45 ]

Students have been creative at this year’s Summer School, hosted by Greenfield Arts.  The young people moving from Year 6 into Year 7 at Greenfield had a positive experience learning new skills, meeting new friends and becoming familiar with their new school surroundings and Greenfield staff.   

As the new term begins Year 7 students can reflect upon their recent summer experience at Greenfield Community College as they continue their academic journey.  A major part of the’ summer’ school included working alongside filmmaker Laura Degnan to create their own film about being a ‘new starter’.  They shared their film with other Year 7 starters this week to help everyone feel confident and secure about starting secondary school.  They shared positive and practical ideas in their film and ways to develop your skills and attributes when starting school.  Students were involved in all aspects of the filming process, both in front and behind the camera and the result shows their hard work and creativity.

Greenfield Community College is a Specialist Arts and Science school and is committed to providing opportunities such as summer school to support students to reach their full potential.  Students returning to school are looking forward to an extended curriculum and KS4 bespoke revision sessions in the lead up to their exams.  Parents, teachers and students will be meeting in the first half of term to share the best ways to work together to achieve success. 

From summer school to Year 11, students are developing their ability to be self-led learners.  Greenfield Community College promotes an inclusive curriculum and a strong student voice, encouraging students to work together to realise an outstanding learning experience.

To find out more join us at our free open evening event on Thursday 26th September 2019, Shildon site 17:30 – 20:00, Newton Aycliffe site 18:15 – 20:00 or contact us for more information

Great Result for Greenfield Class of 2019

posted 27 Aug 2019, 01:17 by Daniel Potts

The Greenfield Community College ‘Class of 2019’ have so much to celebrate.  This year group have demonstrated huge maturity, creativity and collaboration in their work together.

Their ‘success’ story continues with well-deserved examination results this summer, sustaining the school’s reputation for high academic achievement alongside strong commitment to personal development.  Executive Headteacher David Priestley acknowledged the hard work of both students and our staff.  “We are proud of each and every one of our students who have benefitted from the quality teaching and support of our expert staff team as well as support from our wider school community including parents/carers.  We wish all our students huge success in their next steps as they continue their learning and development beyond Greenfield.”

Greenfield are celebrating more than 60% of students who achieved grades that were at least one grade above their target. Subject Leader for English, Mr Smith, was delighted as a large proportion of his students achieved grades 8 and 9. Mrs Middleton, Subject Leader for Maths was thrilled to celebrate the success of her students. PE specialist Mr Allison said, “what fabulous results with 80% of my students achieving at least a Level 2 Merit (Grade 6) or better!”

Greenfield Community College Chair of Governors Ian Dennis added “I am delighted to acknowledge the huge team effort from everyone involved with the school.  The governing body appreciates all the hard work of staff and students as well as the support of our families and community across Newton Aycliffe and Shildon in our continuous journey of improving results.  We wish them all every success in the future.”

To find out more about our school join us at our free open evening event on Thursday 26th September 2019, Shildon site 17:30 – 20:00, Newton Aycliffe site 18:15 – 20:00 or contact us for more information

Greenfield Students Continue to Achieve

posted 23 Aug 2019, 05:50 by Liam Spensley

Students from Greenfield Community College have had much to celebrate this term and with valuable support they are continuing to achieve great things both in their academic studies and wider learning experience.

Staff at Greenfield Community College are committed to supporting student success through inspiring young people to be self-led learners with expert guidance and a strong knowledge base.

This summer ‘super learning’ sessions have enabled students to concentrate their efforts and share learning across the whole year group.  The specialised sessions have given a boost to the students giving them the chance to learn from an excellent team of staff and share good practice.  The bespoke sessions allowed students to work on areas for improvement and be confident learners during the build up to exams.

School initiatives such as ‘speak up for writing’ have also impacted upon student learning recognising the importance of reading and writing in the overall curriculum and inspiring excellence.  There have been some outstanding achievements as students have received awards for their writing skills.

Thirty students became published authors as they were included in a short story anthology called Mission ContaminationSix students were finalists of the Terry Kelly Poetry Prize and had their work ‘Shildon Cantata’ published as part of a regional anthology. 

Most recently students received the FBM (Future Business Magnates) ‘School Reporters of the Year’ Award.  These are amazing achievements and demonstrate the creative minds of the young people and are developing skills to be future ready and to understand the world of work.  Students from GCC were also rewarded for their innovation and business sense as they won the ‘Most Effective Use of Technology’ category, showing the wide range of skills and attributes they develop at Greenfield.

Greenfield Community College are committed to raising aspirations and finding innovative ways to help all of their students reach their potential.  Programmes such as ‘summer school’ as a valuable introduction to the school, with support in KS2 into KS3 through to a bespoke careers service which helps students make informed decisions and plan for their future. 

To find out more join us at our free open evening event on Thursday 26th September 2019, Shildon site 17:30 – 20:00, Newton Aycliffe site 18:15 – 20:00 or contact us for more information

Try Something Extraordinary at Greenfield Arts

posted 23 Aug 2019, 05:48 by Liam Spensley

This season our activities are inspired by ‘the extraordinary in the everyday’ and include a range of creative courses.  Why not explore something new with our exciting new creative opportunities such as print making, cyanotype, jewellery making and mixed media collage as well as popular favourites Yoga and Spanish? 

There are a range of workshops and activities for young people with our regular free Art Club during term-time and the chance to express yourself in ‘The Big Draw’ to be held at Moore Lane Eco Centre, have fun taking part in this National drawing bonanza!   This season we are also offering young people the chance to earn an accredited award through the reputable Arts Award scheme - an exciting new development.

We are thrilled to be hosting an exhibition by renowned local artist, ‘Norman Cornish: A Man of Destiny’ The exhibition will inform and inspire a number of creative activities including an illustrated talk, opportunities for schools, projects and sketchbook workshops.

You can find out more about our programme at Greenfield Arts.  Check out our digital brochure through our website at, email or call 01325 379048 and talk to our friendly team.


Greenfield Students Inspire Council Visit

posted 23 Aug 2019, 05:47 by Liam Spensley

Students from Greenfield Community College, as part of their Time for Success (T4S) student led enquiry time, have instigated an important dialogue with local Councillors and the Town Mayor of Shildon in a bid to improve the environment.


Students from Forest Elder Tutor Group expressed strong opinions during their T4S lesson and showed determination to have a strong student voice.   The students started a discussion about litter and the environment in Shildon and put in place suggestions for improvements.


The research and discussion led to positive action as an invitation to Councillors, The Town Clerk and Town Mayor was accepted, followed by a visit to Greenfield to listen to the students and take part in a successful question and answer session.  “The pride of the youngsters for their town was clear, and the council commended them on their work.  Hopefully we can continue to work together to promote the cleaner town”. said, Tutor Miss Airey.


Students are planning actions to take further in the Autumn term.  They have agreed to get involved in some of the community littler picking which take place in the area.


Students from Greenfield have been finding their voice in a variety of ways recently, taking part in their first Student Voice Conference, ‘Make it Matter’, leading assemblies and taking part in whole school initiatives such as ‘Speak up for Writing’ and Being Green’.  Students have gained valuable leadership skills and confidence in expressing themselves which has impacted on their wider learning experience.



Cree Welcomes ‘Men Who Care’ to Greenfield

posted 23 Aug 2019, 05:46 by Liam Spensley

The Greenfield Arts Men’s Cree group were delighted to welcome visitors from East Lancaster recently and enjoy the opportunity to share experiences through the vehicle of Greenfield’s latest exhibition ‘Man-Made’, created in collaboration with artist Richard Bliss.

‘The Men Who Care’ from East Lancaster were invited to Greenfield Arts to see the exhibition ‘Man-Made’ which featured work they had created exploring their daily experiences as men who care for others.  The visit allowed ‘Men Who Care’ and Greenfield Arts Men’s Cree to work with artists William Titley and Richard Bliss, explore and discuss their ideas about masculinity and share their experiences of using arts to express important ideas that matter to them.

Katy Milne, Director of Creativity at Greenfield Arts, was delighted that with support from Lubaina Himid (Turner Prize Winner 2017) and artists Richard Bliss and William Titley, we were able to facilitate this get-together. “Men from two different areas, one in the north east and one in the north west were able to come together, engage in meaningful discussion and share in respect for each others achievements.  We are thrilled to have collaborated with artist Richard Bliss who has produced this exhibition as it opens up important discussion about gender stereotypes and the changing nature of masculinity helping us think about new ways of being and about kindness.”

The Men’s Cree continues to meet Mondays 10:30 – 12:30 and get involved in a range of projects and activity.

The Greenfield Gallery is open from 10:00 – 21:00 Monday – Thursday and Fridays 10:00 – 16:00, please contact our friendly team at Greenfield Arts for more information on 01325 379048 or email



Greenfield Students have a Brasstastic experience

posted 23 Aug 2019, 05:43 by Liam Spensley

Students from Greenfield Community College had  a fabulous musical experience as part of the Durham Brass Festival this week.  The band, Bring Your Own Brass, performed at both our Newton Aycliffe and Shildon sites, getting the crowd going as they sampled their special brand of brass.  Students were keen to join in and show their appreciation, getting up on stage, singing and rapping and even forming a conga around the hall!

Bring Your Own Brass (BYOB) are a brass band who have been a hit at festivals with an original mix of hip hop beats, heavy riffs and dance tracks. The band were a great success, performing popular music with a difference.

Greenfield has been an enthusiastic supporter of the festival for a number of years and Greenfield Arts were delighted to once again make this unique cultural opportunity available to students.  Greenfield Arts are committed to supporting local events such as the Brass Festival and are thrilled to be able to attract such a vibrant musical performance for the students to engage in as part of their wider learning experience.

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