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posted 16 May 2018, 02:05 by Daniel Potts

Greenfield Share Campaign with Regional Schools

posted 10 May 2018, 06:17 by Daniel Potts


Through the work developed by Arts organisation Greenfield Arts, Greenfield Community College have been extending the campaign ‘The Power of Words’ to raise aspirations and develop their skills through creative learning. The project has been a great success at Greenfield Community College and has produced a young people’s own publication ‘From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary’. The young people and commissioned artists involved are now expanding the reach by sharing the approach with other schools in the region.

Greenfield Arts commissioned writer and film-maker Laura Degnan who has made a recent visit to Bishop Barrington School, Bishop Auckland, to deliver a workshop. This gave even more students an opportunity to take part in the inspirational activities aimed to help them to be the best they can be and reach their full potential. This activity has been informed by Laura’s recent work at Greenfield Community College where students have worked together through a project supported by Michael Chaplin, GAMP and developed by Greenfield Arts.

The recent workshop was a great success, Katy Milne, Director of Greenfield Arts, was thrilled with the occasion and the response of the students, "we are so pleased to be able to share the work of the young people to inspire other young people. It was wonderful to see the students at Bishop Barrington sharing their gold medal moments and realising, through the activities writer Laura Degnan facilitated, the extraordinary skills and talents they each have". A very big thank you to Bishop Barrington for hosting the workshop.

Masterclass Opportunities at Greenfield Arts

posted 10 May 2018, 06:15 by Daniel Potts

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. 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.

We are also offering a fabulous opportunity to learn skills in print making. Come along and learn the art of monoprint and drypoint etching with talented artists Alan and Helen Holcroft. The workshop is suitable for beginners and requires no drawing skills but can produce amazing results including a piece of your own work to take away. Materials and tea and coffee will be provided, just bring along your own lunch and enjoy an informal and friendly approach to learning. The workshop will be held on 19th July from 10.30 am – 4.30 pm and costs just £45.00 for the full day. Please contact Helen directly to book on

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.

Greenfield has ‘une semaine fantastique’ hosting partner French school

posted 3 May 2018, 05:44 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 3 May 2018, 05:45 ]

Greenfield Community College have been privileged to host partner French school, College Arthur Rimbaud from Amiens, as part of an exciting international project. The students from both sides of the channel had a fantastic week working closely together to gain a better understanding of the significant impact that railways have had on our society.

The project is supported by the British Council via the Lefevre Fund, and was brought to Greenfield through a bid which was put together by Subject Leader for Performing Arts, Mrs Ali Dixon. It has also given students an exceptional opportunity to learn more about heritage, culture and creativity whilst also improving their language skills and establishing new international friendships.

The packed week included a programme that supported activities centred upon both past and present. This included visits to ‘Head of Steam’, Hitachi, Locomotion and Beamish Museum, giving a broad focus to help students expand their knowledge and understanding of the project and how important the railways have been to the region.

The students received a great welcome from staff at ‘Head of Steam’ where the group explored first hand the beginnings of passenger rail, something that we can often take for granted as part of our heritage, however the French students from Amiens were fascinated as the tour unfolded. It was also nice for the students to see their twin-town, Darlington, on the trip.

The visit to Hitachi was a perfect contrast as it revealed the next generation of trains which are being built right here in Newton Aycliffe, it was an amazing experience for all the students, Mrs Dixon was thrilled with the activity and how well the students engaged “we even got to try out some of the induction training to see how smart we are and passed with flying colours of course, and without translation!”

At Locomotion students were able to learn more about train engineering in our region, the students and staff were keen to share their pride in their local heritage at Shildon, and were amazed at what was created by Hackworth, Stephenson and Pease. What a legacy to follow! The visit also coincided with STEAM week a celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, a very fitting connection for the students and a fantastic way to connect with the curriculum.

The final educational visit was a trip to Beamish to gain a wider understanding of the impact of travel on the region and how it affected coal mining, communications and what it meant for industry and society. “Our partner school thoroughly enjoyed the week and said we have set the bar for our reciprocal visit to Amiens at the end of June, we can’t wait”, said Mrs Dixon. The students have worked very hard showing an increased curiosity, building skills in team work and developing aspirations through this long-term partnership between the schools.

As part of the project the students will have an opportunity to create a DVD using all they have learnt throughout the project, using dance, drama and photography, cartoon imagery, poetry and soundscape. It is sure to be a special piece of work that will bring together an interpretation of their experience and showcase the exceptional talents of the students and staff at Greenfield and their commitment to Arts and Science as a Specialist school.

The week was a great success and Greenfield students have learnt so much in the process. The week concluded with a well-deserved trip Planet Leisure and tea for 45! The students are keen to keep up their friendships and the school are keeping in touch through social media whilst they await the trip to Amiens.

Well done to all the students involved and a big thank you to Locomotion, Hitachi, Head of Steam, Beamish and Planet Leisure for their wonderful contribution.

Greenfield are ‘School of Rock’

posted 3 May 2018, 05:38 by Daniel Potts

Following the great success of last year’s ‘We Will Rock You’ students at Greenfield Community College are now in the final stages of rehearsals in preparation for their production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘School of Rock’.

Tickets are now on sale for what is sure to be a fabulous evening with Greenfield showcasing their talent as they once again take to the boards for their renowned annual school production.

The show will run from Tuesday 22nd May to Thursday 24th May and each show starts at 7.00 pm. Tickets are now on sale via the school office priced at £5.00 for adults and £2.50 for children and concessions. 

Come and bring the family along and experience a West End style production, right on your door stop!

For further information you can contact the school on 01325 300378 or email

Greenfield Arts has ‘Hidden Depths’

posted 3 May 2018, 05:37 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 3 May 2018, 05:37 ]

Greenfield Arts are delighted to welcome Sharron Bates back to the Greenfield Gallery for her latest exhibition, ‘Hidden Depths’.  Sharron is a talented artist who has been working with a variety of medium and her new exhibition showcases her vibrant approach to illustration.  The preview evening was a special evening with lovely comments and appreciation for the fabulous artwork displayed.

Hidden Depths is a collection of illustrations on paper and textiles created or guided by Sharron.  A large part of the exhibition showcases her illustrated story, Where’s Brian? which explores, and ultimately resolves, a small girl’s feelings of loneliness. Included in the work exhibited are illustrations created by participants, of all ages, in Sharron’s illustration workshops.  “This exhibition gently encourages us to challenge our own inner perceptions and see ourselves anew” said Sharron.

The exhibition is now open and will run until Wednesday 16th May 2018. The Greenfield Gallery is open from 10 am – 9 pm Monday to Thursday and 10 am – 4 pm Friday.  Why not come along and see for yourself, there are also prints and cards for sale and quality crafts produced by participants in Sharron’s popular Creative Forum.

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

A Creative Easter at Greenfield Arts

posted 27 Apr 2018, 03:21 by Daniel Potts

Our popular creative activities were once again a big hit during the Easter Holidays, with many sessions being full to brim with eager young people enjoying the chance to shine.  Our free Easter holiday programme saw the return of many favourites such as Gallery Encounters, Crazy Crafts and Story Explorers. 

Gallery Encounters was a fabulous session as children got the chance to work with talented illustrator Sharron Bates to create a mini-story which will take centre-stage in our forthcoming exhibition!  Imagination was the key word with some fantastic stories and illustrations to show for their hard work.

Dawn Belshaw also returned with Crazy Crafts at both Aycliffe and at Foundations, Shildon, where the children were keen to make the most of the opportunities.  In Aycliffe the children were inspired by local landmarks, making fabulous maps and memories and in Shildon they created fabulous plant-pot animals from recycled materials, a real fun activity for all the family with amazing results.

Jilly Johnston brought the art of story-making to life leading a fun session where young people got the chance to create their own handmade book full of their own stories, a great new skill for the many budding authors in the session and a lovely item to take home.

Our new summer learning programme is now available with extra weekly sessions for young people with the return of our regular activities in Dru Yoga and our ever popular Art Club.

To find out more about what we offer please check out our website or contact Greenfield Arts on 01325 379048, or pop in and speak to one of our members of staff.


Greenfield Students Lead the Way

posted 27 Apr 2018, 03:19 by Daniel Potts

Student Leaders at Greenfield Community College have been sharing valuable ideas recently at a regional conference.  The leadership team were invited to give a presentation at Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College (FBEC) where they attended alongside six other regional schools.  The young people had the opportunity to find out how other student leadership groups operate, sharing different models and ways of working and gaining valuable insight which will help further their development.


Student Leaders from each group were keen to communicate their ideas and practice with enthusiasm and clarity.  Greenfield students displayed a growing confidence and were able represent their school with an excellent presentation outlining their recent accomplishments and ongoing priorities.  The group were especially eager to highlight the work they have done to help bring the school together as one, working closely with students and staff from both sites to reach common goals.


The students have been working with Unfolding Theatre which began with a fabulous live performance entitled “The Best in the World” which encourages young people to be the ‘best that they can be’.  The group have focused on this idea leading assemblies, participating in staff training and more recently contributing to the publication of a book compiled by Greenfield students.  The book “From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary” is part of a campaign to bring about positive change and is a credit to all of those involved.


Katy Milne, Director of Arts & Creativity at Greenfield Arts has been working closely with the group and is thrilled with their achievements, “This was a great opportunity for the students to reflect upon the positive changes they have made, particularly in their recent work which has strengthened us all working together as one school. Thank you to FBEC students for organising this.  It was a powerful day of young people working together and exploring ideas.”

Celebration Evening at Greenfield Arts

posted 16 Apr 2018, 05:17 by Daniel Potts

Greenfield Arts are delighted to announce their ‘Open Art Celebration Evening’ to be held on Wednesday 18th April from 6 pm – 8 pm.  The event will present a final opportunity to enjoy the popular ‘Open Art Exhibition’ and appreciate the fabulous work from the many artists from around the region, alongside the chance to enjoy a variety of creative attractions. 

Greenfield Arts are privileged to welcome guest speakers ‘Vane Women’ a prominent group of writers from Darlington who will be leading a poetry reading offering recitals in a variety of styles and voices.  Talented artist Jilly Johnston will also be leading a session on ‘The art of business’ a presentation giving advice and guidance with a helpful question and answer session for budding entrepeneurs who would like to ideas to sell and promote their work.  There will also be a number of crafts on sale giving you the chance to choose something for special for yourself or for a lovely individual gift.

The theme this year has attracted work around the theme of ‘The Power of the Pen’ and how art can inspire creativity and passion in us all.  This is part of a wider campaign at Greenfield which has brought together a number of projects which celebrate a love of reading, writing and creativity and Greenfield Arts would like to welcome you to join us and enjoy our special evening.

If you would like to know a bit more about the event or the variety of activities we have on offer you can find further details on our website or contact our friendly team on 01325 379048 or alternatively email

Greenfield Students ‘Race to Russia’ for Sport Relief

posted 16 Apr 2018, 05:15 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 16 Apr 2018, 05:15 ]

Students from Greenfield Community College have raised a fabulous £1500 for Sport Relief.  The theme this year was a ‘Race to Russia’, chosen to mark this year’s venue for the FIFA World Cup.  To reach their goal students and staff aimed to achieve an impressive 3,485 miles, the total distance from Greenfield to Russia.

Students gave up their time at lunchtime to take part in the sponsored event and run as many miles as possible.  They showed resilience even though the weather was not on their side and stepped up to the challenge which was fantastic.

Students off-campus were also a big part of the day, a group of Year 7 students on the Howtown Residential clocked-up 1,300 miles during the week from a variety of activities including gorge walking and a gruelling expedition.  Competitors in the Level 3 County Games also played a key part, keeping track of their mileage in athletics and netball to add to final figures whilst representing the school in their sport.

Students surpassed the total by then end of the school day with a little help from the staff who also tracked their steps for the worthy cause.  It was an excellent day and a chance for Greenfield to come together to achieve great results.  Well done to everyone involved!

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