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Greenfield Student Leaders Look to the Future

posted 17 Jul 2018, 01:53 by Daniel Potts

Students at Greenfield Community College have been working with Greenfield Arts to explore their leadership skills and enable others to bring about school improvement. They have been part of the Great Exhibition of the North as they visited Unfolding Theatre’s Multiverse Arcade at the Mining Institute in Newcastle.

This exciting installation puts the future in your hands through an interactive arcade. It asks us to think about the future we want, what change we see happening and how life might be in 2066.

The young people recorded their voices and had their say about equality, impending kindness and tolerance, encouraging people to think about the impact they make. The piece is on display throughout the Great Exhibition of the North until 9th September 2018.

Our student leaders are inspired to capture their voice and others in a new film created alongside filmmaker Laura Degnan. The will be promoting leadership across Greenfield Community College and recruiting inspiring leaders for 2018/19.

New Exhibition at Greenfield Arts

posted 17 Jul 2018, 01:51 by Daniel Potts

Greenfield Arts are delighted to announce their latest exhibition ‘Artifice’. The collection of work showcases the talent of four artists who have joined forces for the first time to visually “tell the future and rebuild the past”.

The exhibition will run from Thursday 19th July to Wednesday 8th August and there will be a special preview evening on Wednesday 18th July from 6 pm – 8 pm. Artists Dan Walls, Amy Morris, Graham Rispin and Fred Thomas have come together to bring about this innovative display of artwork which includes in part a range of excellent street art and graffiti pieces.

The artists invite you to “uncover mysteries from the Artifice from a point in the distant future”

This exciting collection of work is on display in the Greenfield Gallery. We are open from 10 am – 9 pm Monday to Thursday (except bank holidays) and 10 am – 4 pm Friday. Why not come along and see for yourself.

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

Greenfield Students Experience French Hospitality

posted 17 Jul 2018, 01:46 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 17 Jul 2018, 01:47 ]

Following the resounding success of the recent visit by French school, College Arthur Rimbaud, students from Greenfield Community College were excited to be crossing the channel to enjoy the chance to experience another culture and be reunited with staff and students from Amiens.

The project ‘STEAM’ has been a great experience and students were keen to learn more about heritage, culture and creativity via their host school in Amiens. The international project, funded through the Lefevre Trust in conjunction with the British Council, has focused upon transport, past, present and future. Students were able to gain a valuable insight as they immersed themselves in French culture, sampled local trains and worked with a local artist to develop innovative ideas about transport in the future.

Students also built upon their friendships and had been keen to keep in touch through writing letters between visits, this has been a lovely way to strengthen links, make friends and improve language skills. The following comments are a sample from students showing a positive reflection on the value of the project:

“I had a great time, it helped develop my language and taught me to be more independent. It built my knowledge on the history of transport and French Culture” - Grace

“Being part of the whole project has taught me I can work better if I work with others, I have learnt to be resilient” – Callum

“This project was a great life experience for me probably one of my best life experiences ever” – Harry

Students also had the chance to visit local landmarks such as ‘The Baie du Somme, St Valery Sur Somme and Amiens, taking in French culture and heritage as they travelled. Subject Specialist, Mrs Ali Dixon who led the project was full of praise for the students, “This project has really enabled this group of young people to consider how our learning environment can mirror the modern, interconnected world in which we and our students live. International learning experiences prepare our students for life in Global Britain and beyond these shores, I am super proud of their achievements”, said Mrs Dixon.

To finalise the project staff and students have been invited to speak about cross-curricular links and the impact on language skills at the ‘Our Classrooms Through a Lens’ Conference at Beamish Hall.

Greenfield Students Excel at Maths Challenge

posted 17 Jul 2018, 01:43 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 17 Jul 2018, 01:59 ]

Students at Greenfield Community College achieved great results as they were awarded 3 silvers and 13 bronzes in this year’s UKMT Junior Maths Challenge.

Over 260,000 students from across the UK sat the Junior Maths Challenge with roughly the top 6% receiving a gold certificate, the next 13% silver and the next 21% bronze.

The Junior Maths Challenge is run by the UK Mathematics Trust and supported by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. The contest, aimed at those in Year 7 and 8, ook place within school and students were keen to rise to the challenge. 

Congratulations to Year 7 student Sophie Capstack who was best in her year and to Year 8 student Declan McAnaney who was the best overall competitor across the whole school. Subject Specialist, Amanda Hender, was full of praise for the students, “Its really challenging Maths and fantastic they did so well”.

The UKMT organises national mathematics competitions for UK Secondary students. “The Maths challenges provide material to provoke students’ mathematical thinking and test their problem-solving skills in an accessible and yet challenging way. Many congratulations to Greenfield Community College on their success in the Junior Maths Challenge; it is great to see achievement in mathematics recognised” Rachel Greenhalgh, UKMT Executive Director.

Greenfield Students Compete in School Olympics

posted 9 Jul 2018, 04:25 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 9 Jul 2018, 04:25 ]

Students from Greenfield Community College excelled in a range of sports and activities recently as they attended the Secondary School Olympics held at Oak Leaf Sports Complex. 

The event, which was organised by SSP (Sedgefield School Sport Partnership) was a great success attracting secondary schools from the area to compete in this popular event. Greenfield were well represented with a total of 57 students taking part showing a great team spirit throughout the day. The team competed in a range of events such as Dance, Boccia, Table Tennis, Wheelchair Basketball, Mountain Biking, Football, Handball and Athletics achieving brilliant results. 

Subject Specialist, Ellie Butterworth was full of praise for the team, “The students were a credit to the school and demonstrated the Olympic values throughout the day. We had great success across many sports.” Medal winners included: Silver for Dance and Bronze for Table Tennis, Boccia, Handball and Girls Football. 

A big thanks to all the students involved and to SSP for their commitment and organisation to such a great event. 

Greenfield PE Teachers Share Good Practice Across the County

posted 26 Jun 2018, 03:37 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 26 Jun 2018, 03:37 ]

Over 40 PE teachers from across the county came to Greenfield Community College recently to take part in the annual ‘Greenfield PE Teachmeet’ event.

The hugely successful evening was designed for teachers to share their good practice and learn from highly skilled classroom practitioners from across the area. Organiser of the Teachmeet and one of the presenters, Greenfields Subject Leader for PE, Martin Butterworth commented ‘This has been an outstanding display of enthusiastic and passionate teachers sharing excellent practice with one another. The teachers in question had already done a full day’s work before they have come here tonight and this further promotes our commitment to improving the educational opportunities for all the students in our schools. Teachers from many different schools within the county attended the evening giving the event a potential reach of over 17,000 students.’ The event was the second subject specific PE Teachmeet within County Durham and built on the success of Greenfield’s maiden Teachmeet last year.

This event comes on the back of recent high-profile success in the PE department. Last year Greenfield were awarded the Association for Physical Education Quality Mark, which has become the benchmark and industry standard for high quality. This is an achievement only a handful of other departments in the county hold. It also further reinforces OFSTED 2017 where they state ‘there is clear excellence in the teaching of PE’.



Our Model of Curriculum Provision

posted 19 Jun 2018, 07:01 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 19 Jun 2018, 07:03 ]


Some important changes are taking place at Greenfield Community College in the forthcoming school year which begins in September 2018. It has been agreed that students in Years 10 and 11, will be taught together on the Aycliffe site as from September 2018.

The fundamental rationale for this change is to raise academic standards across the school and provide maximum curricular and extra-curricular opportunities for all students.

The Ofsted report of June 2017 judged that the school required improvement. Since September 2017 new systems have been put in place in response.

  • Staff have worked very hard to raise the expectations of students in all groups and implement more rigorous procedures.
  • A more consistent approach to routine arrangements including behavior for learning was established. 
  • To improve the accuracy of assessments, standardisation meetings were introduced. 
  • A more personalised curriculum was introduced for year 11 students along with a comprehensive intervention and support programme. 
  • Strategies were put in place to enhance student study and revision skills. Homework has been set with greater consistency across all year groups and work has been undertaken with students to improve the quality of their writing.
  • Procedures to improve attendance, including that of SEND students (special educational needs and disabilities), have been established. The SEND policy has been revised in order to provide more appropriate support to SEND students. 

Our Model for 2018-20

In years 7, 8 and 9 we support and nurture all of our students. The smaller groups in years 7, 8, 9 help develop the skills for learning that prepare them for the reformed GCSE content in years 10 and 11.

Provision for years 7, 8 and 9 will be unaffected and these students will continue to benefit from targeted, high quality teaching on both our sites.

There will be regular learning events for the whole of years 7, 8 and 9 that will allow the students to come together. Access to sports teams and educational visits will be available for all students.

The facilities at Shildon will also be used by primary schools. A programme will be offered to primary schools so that they can use the facilities, assisted by specialist staff, to enhance their curriculum in areas such as science, technology and performing arts.

A specialist EVOLVE centre will also be established at Shildon for students from across the two sites who need specialist support to develop their learning.

This model of where we teach our students provides a strong context for personal development and wellbeing. This provides greater resilience for students taking their GCSE’s and moving on to the next stage of their education. By bringing all of years 10 and 11 onto one site for all of their subjects, there will be equality in the GCSE curriculum providing opportunity for all students. Students will be taught in groups of similar ability so students can receive more targeted support. The curriculum will become more personalised for the students meeting each individual’s academic needs. Students will be able to spark ideas off each other and be stretched by their peers and their teachers be being in these targeted groups of similar ability as they seek the best possible grades at GCSE. This model prepares students for post 16 as it allows them to work in a larger context emulating 6th form/college conditions and preparing students for career. It allows a more personalised approach to careers advice and guidance.

The organisation of our school will ensure that all students will be able to have access to the whole range of extra-curricular activities available for their year groups across the school. This will include special off-timetable events led by both school staff and external providers, such as study skills and careers sessions.

This model will provide greater opportunities for our young people from both Newton Aycliffe and Shildon.

Cree Men Create Artwork at Greenfield Arts

posted 18 Jun 2018, 04:27 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 18 Jun 2018, 04:29 ]

The Cree men at Greenfield Arts are once again working their magic to bring new life to spaces that can be enjoyed by students and the wider community. The group attended a free workshop offered by Durham County Council Arts Team at Gala Theatre to see Matisse cut outs from Heywood Gallery London and take part in a creative arts workshop with local professional artist Paul Merrick. The men used the stimulus of the Matisse Exhibition to create their own works. Experimenting with shape and colour, the men came back to Greenfield Arts inspired and are busy creating a new mobile for the Arts Centre.

Katy Milne, Director of Greenfield Arts said, “The Cree men are such a fantastic group of people who are open to exploring ideas, trying new things and creating things which others can also benefit from. I know those who come to the visit the Arts Centre will be wowed". Our next project is a 'changing rooms' project to make a space at Greenfield Community College a more comfortable, inspiring space for the students to be able to develop their skills and feel more confident about sharing their ideas.

If you would like to know a little more about our Cree group, join us or take part in the many inspiring projects and activities we have on offer why not check out our website on or call our friendly team on 01325 379048, we look forward to hearing from you.

Greenfield Students Celebrate Equality and Diversity

posted 18 Jun 2018, 04:25 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 18 Jun 2018, 04:26 ]

Twenty students from Greenfield Community College took to the streets of Durham on Sunday 27th May 2018 to celebrate equality and diversity. They marched from the Cathedral to the Sands as part of this important event. The students then joined in the celebrations and live music for the rest of the afternoon.

It was a very special day for all with a well- attended parade and a chance for people to come together and celebrate individuality. This is the fifth Durham Pride event which is now an established day in Durham’s calendar, with over 10,000 people attending last year’s event.

Students were complimented on their banner which was created by last years Greenfield LGBT+ group. Assistant Headteacher Ms Davis was full of praise for the young people, “I was extremely proud of the way the students supported each other during the day and their approach to the celebration”. We were really pleased to be part of this wider celebration of diversity.

Learn Photography Skills at Greenfield Arts

posted 18 Jun 2018, 04:23 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 18 Jun 2018, 04:23 ]

Greenfield Arts are once again offering expert tuition and the chance to learn new skills as part of our Masterclass programme. 

Would you like to get a little more from your camera this year?  Why not join Elaine Vizor for our Digital Photography workshop, learn the basics and how to make creative choices with your images. 

The session will be held on Thursday 21st June from 10.30 am – 4.30 pm and costs just £28.00 for the full day.  Elaine is a talented photographer who has exhibited at Greenfield Arts and can help you get the best out of your DSLR or bridge camera.  You will also get the chance to take home an A4 print of your favourite image from the workshop. 

To find our more about our full programme of courses and activities and to book your photography workshop just visit our website email or call our friendly team on 01325 379048 for further information.

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