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Digital Photography Opportunity at Greenfield Arts

posted 18 Mar 2019, 02:25 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 18 Mar 2019, 02:33 ]

Would you like to get more out of your camera and learn new skills?  Professional photographer Elaine Vizor will be leading the next digital photography session at Greenfield Arts which will be held on Thursday 21st March 2019 from 10:30– 14:00.

In this session you can learn more about creative choices in photography and how to play with perspectives.  This is an exciting opportunity to help you get started or hone your present skills.  The workshops cost just £25.00 for the day and is a great opportunity to learn more about how to get the best from your camera and enjoy getting creative.  Tea and coffee will be available throughout the session, just bring along your DLSR camera and manual and enjoy the day.

The session is available to book online via our website.  You can find out more about Greenfield Arts and what is on offer by visiting or speak to one of our friendly team on 01325 379048 or email

Greenfield Students are Inspired Readers

posted 18 Mar 2019, 02:24 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 18 Mar 2019, 02:34 ]

World Book Day was another wonderful way for everyone at Greenfield Community College to celebrate reading. Reading plays a vital role in learning and is an integral part of the teaching and learning at Greenfield Community College.  Students are provided with a dedicated space to read for 20 minutes each and every day during the Time For Success programme.  This programme, which is part of the school’s curriculum, promotes the skills and attributes needed to be the best learners that students can be.  Reading every day for 20 minutes has proven to increase reading and writing skills and in some cases has improved reading by two years.

Greenfield enjoy celebrating World Book Day and have developed many projects to support reading including our speak up for writing initiative across the whole school, which is having a great impact.  Students have produced amazing results in previous years including building little libraries across the county, creating anthologies, poetry books and some students have worked with artists to create ‘suitcase libraries’ which have been used to explore ideas and create new work.  Greenfield develop creative approaches to learning and regularly work with many authors and writers to support students to thrive.

Accelerated Reader is one powerful tool used at Greenfield to help monitor and manage independent reading practice and helps to motivate students to read for pleasure.  The leaderboard is showing impressive statistics as each word read is recorded; Year 7 student Courtney May, has read an impressive 3,490,735 words “I like reading at Greenfield to learn and to sit down and relax with a book” said Courtney.  Student Ethan Berry (Year 9) has read 2,321,496, Lucy Heron (Year 7) 2,219085, Sophie Lenegon  (Year 7) 1,856,600,  Adam Gibson (Year 7), 1,447,885 and at least another eight students over both sites on a million words read. “We couldn’t be prouder of these results and to see how all of this dedication to reading pays off - not only in English but most other subjects also. Well done!” said School Librarian, Miss Howe

Prestigious Platinum Arts Award for Greenfield

posted 8 Mar 2019, 00:08 by Daniel Potts

Students and staff at Greenfield Community College are celebrating after receiving their prestigious Platinum Artsmark Award.

Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. The award provides a clear framework for teachers to plan, develop and evaluate arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum.

Melanie Carter, Area Manager, Culture Bridge North East says: “We are absolutely delighted Greenfield Community College received their Platinum Artsmark Award. It’s fantastic to see that so many school leaders are recognising the prestige and intrinsic importance of this award in supporting an arts focussed curriculum.”

In order to become an Artsmark school Greenfield developed the arts and culture provision to create a broad and balanced curriculum.

To mark this achievement, Executive Headteacher, Mr David Priestley, has been celebrating with students in a series of assemblies where he has addressed the whole school and shared the news.  He commended staff and students for their commitment to arts, culture and creativity and the role of Greenfield Arts in supporting this achievement.

“We’re extremely proud of achieving our Artsmark Platinum Award. We are committed to delivering a high-quality creative art and cultural experience and we look forward to continuing to grow with Artsmark,” said Mr Priestley.

Through Artsmark, Greenfield Community College will continue to incorporate art and culture into every student’s learning, knowledge and understanding, helping them to build skills of resilience, reflection, confidence and to be successful in all areas of their life. 

Greenfield Arts say ‘Let’s Play’ for Open Art

posted 27 Feb 2019, 04:38 by Daniel Potts

Greenfield Arts are opening their doors to celebrate the annual ‘Open Art’ exhibition.  This year the preview evening will take on a playful theme offering exciting opportunities to get a taste for the arts and take part in a range of activities.  The evening will welcome artists and tutors who will demonstrate their craft taking inspiration from ‘Play’. 

The free event will be held on Wednesday 13th March from 18:00 – 20:00 and those attending the celebration event will get the first chance to visit the exhibition, featuring fabulous work from over thirty artists.  Why not come along to see the exhibition and try something new for yourself.

Mixed Media artist Sharron Bates will be on hand to play with collage materials and create wonderful pieces of art.  You can also get playful with languages, our popular Spanish classes run termly and tutor Daria Coates will demonstrate creative learning through games and exploring Spanish delicacies. 

Tutor and artist Dawn Belshaw can often be found at Greenfield Arts inspiring young people and leading our popular Art Club and holiday activities.  Dawn will be showing you how you can make wonderful art from recycled materials.  Finally, there will be a chance to meet artist Richard Bliss who will let you into the secret of ‘The Quest for the Perfect Shirt’, Richard is a groundbreaking artist in the field of identity and gender stereotypes.  This creative mix is sure to make for a very special event.

The evening is free and open to the public and there will be refreshments available.  It is sure to be a creative and playful evening in a lovely environment – a great start to the annual exhibition!  This is just one of our many events and specialist opportunities on offer through Arts and creativity.

If you would like to know more about the gallery programme, projects and activities at Greenfield Arts check out the website on 01325 379048 or email 

Cree Men Find Treasure in the Everyday

posted 27 Feb 2019, 04:33 by Daniel Potts


It is often easy to take the beauty around us for granted and forget how simple objects carry memories and a sense of place.  Our amazing Cree men have been finding ways to make us look again and rediscover a feeling of community.

The project has been inspired by the work of Norman Cornish and more specifically the ‘Remaking Beamish’ project which recreates Norman’s Bishop Close Street (studio) in Spennymoor.  The beautiful and extraordinary of the everyday inspired his work as he depicted the people and places around him with extraordinary skill and perception.

Greenfield Arts and the Cree group have been working with artists, practitioners and the wider community to explore this idea of community.  Working alongside Laura Degnan and Elaine Vizor they have created a wonderful piece of art from spoken and written word, alongside photo montage which will be temporarily situated at Beamish and will inspire others to consider community and our heritage from a different perspective.

This is the first part of an exciting programme at Greenfield Arts across the year encouraging people to have their say and share experiences of community together.

As part of the programme there will be celebration on Wednesday 1st May at Greenfield Arts, join us and discover how we are all part of an ever-increasing creative community.  Join artists Laura Degnan, Nic Golightly and Elaine Vizor to explore what creative community means.

If you would like to know more about the events surrounding community and other projects, activities and exhibitions please see our website email or call our friendly team on 01325 379048.

Award Nomination for Katy at Greenfield Arts

posted 27 Feb 2019, 04:31 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 27 Feb 2019, 04:32 ]

We are delighted to announce that Katy Milne, Director of Arts and Creativity has been recognised for her contribution to creative learning.

Katy has been shortlisted in the new National Creative Learning Awards as an outstanding ‘Creative Learning Leader in the Cultural Sector’.  The new awards celebrate the inspirational innovators, educators and practitioners who live and breathe creative learning. 

Gill Bryerley, Managing Director of The Creative Learning Guild who are organising the awards, said “On behalf of all here, I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to all of those shortlisted.  There is so much talent and dedication in the world of creative learning, with practitioners taking on enormous responsibility and working long hours.  We want these awards to recognise these un-sung heroes and support them in their ongoing fight for creativity”.

Katy has devised, led and organised a range of projects that have sent positive ripples throughout Greenfield Community College and the wider community and has been an inspiration to people of all ages.  Her ability to bring about practical and personal achievements through creative learning makes her an exceptional candidate.

Judges will use criteria, that has been informed by a consultation of arts and education organisations, to choose the winners from each of the categories and the winner in each category will be announced at the Creative Learning Summit on Friday 8th March 2019. 

David Priestley CEO of Greenfield Arts and Executive Headteacher of Greenfield Community College said “we are all proud that Katy has been recognised in these awards. She has made a significant and inspirational contribution to promote creative approaches to learning across our whole organisation.”



Greenfield Students Showcase ‘The Shildon Cantata’

posted 27 Feb 2019, 04:29 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 27 Feb 2019, 04:35 ]

Students at Greenfield Community College have been participating in an exciting project that explores ways to express opinions and ideas with confidence.

‘Your Voice, Your Say’ has been developed by Greenfield Arts in partnership with The Forge, working with drama practitioner Alex Elliott.  Through creative learning, the students have been encouraged to develop their communication and debating skills and be inspired to ‘make a difference’.

This certainly was evident at their recent celebration event as they showcased their new-found voices on film.  Students produced a collaborative piece of poetry entitled ‘The Shildon Cantata’ engaging the audience in a sense of place and identity.  The young people had also prepared a question and answer session to encourage discussion and debate, displaying confidence and communication skills.

The evening was a great success attracting parents, staff and members of the local community, including the Mayor of Shildon.  The event was held at Greenfield’s Shildon site and was a testament to the hard work and creativity achieved by the students.  A big thank you to partners The Forge, and well done to all involved.  The project was funded by IWill and County Durham Community Federation to support young people to have a voice and develop an interest in social action.

Going forward the group want to open up further debate with staff and students at the school and are already organising this by showing the film school-wide, developing ideas for the next staff training conference and working towards their contribution to our student voice conference in July.

Wellbeing for you at Greenfield Arts

posted 27 Feb 2019, 04:24 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 27 Feb 2019, 04:25 ]

The Arts are a great source of positive wellbeing and creativity and wellbeing is at the heart of Greenfield Arts.  We have some wonderful opportunities to help you explore ideas, build confidence and feel good about yourself.

New for this season is a creative course where you can learn mindfulness techniques and gain self-awareness.  The relaxing course ‘just breathe’ is being led by Noreen Gormally who will be on hand to guide you through the many practices and benefits that can be developed.  The six-week course will start on Monday 18th February and will run from 19:00 – 20:00.  Please contact Noreen directly for further information or to book your place just call 07785 272388 or email  What a great way to start the week!

Greenfield Arts also offer beneficial free activities for all ages.  Currently there is the chance to learn and practice ‘Young Yoga’.  This is a great way for young people to have fun and practice new skills that can be a positive part of their life both now and in the future.  Feedback has been very positive, “I have enjoyed it as it is calming, relaxing and something different to do” and “Yes, I have enjoyed working with other people and having fun whilst exercising and I have enjoyed learning new postures”.  The class is presently held on a Wednesday from 15:30 – 16:30 and is suitable for children over 8.

The Men’s Cree group meet up each Monday from 10:30 – 12:30. Cree is a group of male volunteers who work on a variety of projects to benefit the community which also contributes to their own wellbeing.  Their achievements are amazing, recently they have built a super-shed, created free little libraries throughout the region and renovated fabulous spaces for young people.  The group meet in a lovely environment and new members are always very welcome.

If you would like to know a bit more about the Arts and wellbeing at Greenfield or learn more about our many projects, courses and activities please contact our team on 01325 379048 or email alternatively you can check out our website on

Lino Print Making Studio Session Greenfield Arts

posted 27 Feb 2019, 04:24 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 27 Feb 2019, 04:24 ]

There are a still a few places left on the popular print making studio session at Greenfield Arts.  Why not come along to this fabulous workshop and learn the skills of lino-cut print making with artists Alan and Helen Holcroft, using both hand and portable print press methods you can create your own original piece of artwork to take away.

The workshop will take place in our purpose-built studio and is sure to be a lovely session with tea and coffee provided, it will run from 10:30 – 16:00 on Thursday 28th February 2019 and costs just £45.00, all you will need to bring is your own pack lunch.  The session is suitable for all abilities, why not come along and try something new and get creative.

Please contact Helen at to book your place with the artists.

The workshop forms part of a series of studio sessions where you can learn new skills.  Coming soon is an opportunity in Digital Photography.  Come along and join professional photographer Elaine Vizor and learn how to make creative choices  and play with perspectives.  Just visit our website to enrol on a simple online form.

If you would like to find out more about the projects, courses and activities at Greenfield Arts please check out our website at email or call our friendly team on 01325 379048 for further details and to join the mailing list.

Greenfield Footballers Represent District

posted 27 Feb 2019, 04:20 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 27 Feb 2019, 04:20 ]

Students at Greenfield Community College are taking their sport seriously as they achieve exciting results. 

Tom Ord and Josh Jukes represented the Under 15 District team recently and were both influential in their quarter-final, beating Redcar 3 – 0 last week.  The two boys performed extremely well and can now look forward to the next round. 

Mr Allison and all staff would like to wish Tom and Josh, who is captain of the district side, all the very best in the Under 15 District team semi-final match against Newcastle district.  This match will be played at home at the Bishop Auckland stadium and is sure to be an excellent spectacle.  The achievements have resulted from their footballing skills and resilience, training in all weathers and with great enthusiasm.

Greenfield Community College are committed to promoting sport and are presently engaging students in activities through the ‘Change for Life’ initiative.  Students are being offered the opportunity to try out new sports to improve their health and fitness and encourage habits to last a lifetime.  The take up has been excellent so far and students are lucky to have role-models such as Tom and Josh to inspire them.

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