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New Autumn Programme at Greenfield Arts

posted 10 Jul 2019, 00:29 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 10 Jul 2019, 00:30 ]

Greenfield Arts are delighted to announce their new autumn season programme and share with you the many events, exhibitions, projects and activities that are on offer.  This season the programme is encouraging our community to express ideas, explore who we are and develop a voice.

The Greenfield Gallery will be hosting an exciting series of exhibitions which will begin with ‘Man Made’, by our artist in residence, Richard Bliss.  Richard is a collaborative artist who has been working closely with the Greenfield Community leading an exploration and investigation of how men adjust to changing masculinity and includes work supported by Lubain Himid (Turner Prize Winner 2017) and artist William Titley.

Greenfield are also privileged to host an exceptional exhibition ‘Norman Cornish: A Man of Destiny’ which chronicles the journey of Norman Cornish and the great determination and resilience he showed to become a professional artist.  There will be a preview event, illustrated talk and a series of workshops that explore ‘the extraordinary in the everyday’.

Our creative activities are inspired by our season and include a range of quality courses such as print making, cyanotype, jewellery making and mixed media collage as well as popular favourites Yoga and Spanish.  

There is still chance to book a place on our summer family activities and our adult needle-felting workshop.  Why not learn a new skill in a lovely environment with textile artist Victoria Ramsay.  Try something new, get creative and join us to make some fabulous new work to take away.

You can find out more about our programme and the many other opportunities that are sure to make this a wonderful season at Greenfield Arts.  Check out our digital brochure through our website at, email or call 01325 379048 and talk to our friendly team.

‘Take Over’ Day in the Museum for Greenfield

posted 10 Jul 2019, 00:27 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 10 Jul 2019, 00:28 ]


Students from Greenfield Community College rose to the challenge as they enjoyed ‘Take Over’ day at the Locomotion railway museum in Shildon.  This was a fantastic opportunity for young people to get a taste of working roles, get ‘hands on’ and have a creative voice and to work with a national museum to see behind the scenes.

The Your Voice, Your Say group of Year 9 students were excited to contribute to the running of the museum through a National initiative promoted by ‘Kids In Museums’, a London based organisation that encourages museums to learn from young people and make valuable connections with the community.    

They offer the opportunity as a “unique chance to learn outside the classroom to develop new skills and discover what it’s like to work behind-the-scenes at a museum … it helps to boost participants’ confidence and gives them a sense of ownership over their local museum and heritage.”  It is also Locomotion Museums 15th birthday, so what better time to celebrate.

The students involved have been working with Greenfield Arts to develop their voice over recent months, having a say and working creatively with artists.  They have already produced creative writing and a film which depicts the heritage of Shildon which was shortlisted for the Terry Kelly poetry award.  This has given them a valuable insight into their local heritage and sense of identity which they were keen to share at Locomotion.

Katy Milne, Director of Arts Creativity at Greenfield Arts was very proud of the students involved.“  The group were very excited to be given the opportunity to lead activities they have designed within Locomotion.  It was rewarding to see them use new found confidence, share their creative outcomes and use their initiative to engage with the public about heritage and identity, well done!”

Thank you to staff at Locomotion for making this a valuable and enjoyable experience.

Greenfield Celebrate Artsmark Award at Baltic

posted 10 Jul 2019, 00:23 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 10 Jul 2019, 00:25 ]

Greenfield Community College were thrilled to attend the Artsmark Celebration Event at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art to accept the prestigious Platinum Artsmark Award.

The evening brought representatives from regional schools who had received Artsmark status.  Executive Headteacher, Mr David Priestley was present to accept the award on behalf of Greenfield Community College.  The event was organised by Culture Bridge North East and included a lovely opportunity to explore a new exhibition ‘To Me, To You’ by Mick Peter.  This was followed by the opening speeches and the award ceremony.

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

“I was delighted to accept our Artsmark Platinum Award.  It is a great achievement, we are committed to delivering a high-quality creative art and cultural experience and we look forward to continuing our development in the future” said Mr Priestley.

Through Artsmark, Greenfield Community College, working with Greenfield Arts, will continue to incorporate arts 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 Students Reach for the Stars

posted 10 Jul 2019, 00:22 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 10 Jul 2019, 00:23 ]

How better to learn space science than from a veteran astronaut?  Students from Greenfield Community College were given a lesson with a difference as they ventured into space science when they visited the Xcel Centre to meet Veteran NASA Astronaut Dr Michael Foale.

Dr Foale gave an inspiring talk about how he became an astronaut.  He encouraged the students to follow their dreams having at first been turned down for the RAF as a test pilot but then going on to study astrophysics at Cambridge University and finally obtaining a PhD before going to work at NASA.

45 students from Year 7 – Year 9 were given the amazing opportunity to learn more about our universe and what it’s like to be in space.  Dr Foale has undertaken six space shuttle missions and has spent a total of 374 days in space – a UK record.  Students were in awe of some of the photographs and video clips he showed of his time on these space missions.  His photographs of the Earth from the International Space Station were truly spectacular.

Students were intrigued and amazed as he shared his experience and brought space science to life inspiring young people to reach their potential with tales of resilience and hard work and relaying various experiments including Earth’s magnetic field and properties of fluids in micro-gravity which brought classroom studies to life.  The visit was a valuable experience that informed and inspired students in their science studies and wider education.

Greenfield Present Music Showcase

posted 21 Jun 2019, 10:59 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 21 Jun 2019, 10:59 ]

Fancy a night of music? Looking for something incredible to do on a Tuesday evening? Well, look no further! Tuesday 25th of June at 19:00 is the first ever, of what we hope will be, our annual GCSE Music Showcase. The evening will feature students from Years 7-10 performing modern music from artists such as Imagine Dragons, Emelie Sande and Adele. 
There is sure to be some Disney and Greatest Showman sprinkled in the mix as well. So, come along. Enjoy a night of music. Support some of the very talented students we have at Greenfield Community College. Tickets are on sale from reception (Aycliffe site). £5 for adults, £2.50 for children.

Sport Presentation Evening at Greenfield

posted 19 Jun 2019, 06:28 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 19 Jun 2019, 06:28 ]


Greenfield Community College has recently held its annual Sports Presentation Evening  and it was fantastic to see so many families at school to support and celebrate the success of a school hall full of inspirational students.

This year has seen an exciting journey where PE has continued to grow. We have been recently recognised with the afPE Quality mark status that acknowledges the outstanding results in individual and team achievements. All students who attended the presentation received a certificate to celebrate their achievement in the vast array of extra-curricular clubs that Greenfield Community College offer throughout the year. Sports including football, netball, rugby, athletics, tennis, badminton, table tennis, cross-country, dodgeball, basketball, cricket, sports hall athletics, girls football, rounders, mountain biking, gymnastics, sports leadership, boccia and handball.

The ceremony provided opportunity to celebrate winners for personality, commitment, most improved, academic and sporting excellence, team of the year, sports leader and an outstanding club performance and students were invited on stage for the infamous entertainment round, which was themed around a ‘Question of Sport’.

Two prestigious awards were presented that evening for Outstanding Performance in School Sport with Adam Ord winning the accolade for the fourth time in four years for the boys and Ameera Haizan for the girls.

Congratulations to all students who have represented the school this last year. You have done yourself, your family and your PE teachers proud.


Award winners

Sports Personality Male & Female – Jack Lambert (Aycliffe Site), Ben Moore (Shildon Site), Holly Walker (Aycliffe Site), Skye Long (Shildon Site).

Commitment to Sport Male & Female – Dylan Hugill  (Aycliffe Site), Grace Chadfield (Aycliffe Site).  

Most Improved Male & Female – Steven Bell (Aycliffe Site) and Haydon Mawson (Shildon Site), Tilly Dawes-Smith (Aycliffe Site) and Lucy-J Palmer-Denham (Shildon Site)

Academic and Sporting Excellence Award – Melissa Wall (Aycliffe Site)

Team of the Year – U13 Netball squad and Year 10 Football Team

Outstanding Performance in School Sport Male & Female – Adam Ord (Aycliffe Site), Ameera Haizan (Shildon Site).

Sports Leader Award  – Lauren Richardson (Aycliffe Site)

Outstanding Club Performance Outside of School – Matthew Taylor – Water Polo (Aycliffe Site)

Calling Former Greenfield Students

posted 19 Jun 2019, 06:24 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 19 Jun 2019, 06:25 ]

If you’re a former student of Greenfield Community College, we want to hear from you!

Your experiences since leaving school could help to motivate and inspire our current students to feel more confident in making decisions about their future. We’d love you to join our alumni network and stay connected with the school.

We’ve partnered with the national education charity Future First, who specialise in helping schools like ours to stay connected with their former students.

You can choose how and when you help – perhaps you can act as a career and education role model, provide work experience, become a mentor in person or online, or help with donations, fundraising or even apply to become a governor.

It doesn’t matter when you left us, whether you’re in further education or employment, whether you still live nearby or have moved further away, there are still ways you can help.

In order to sign up, just follow this link and fill in the online form – we promise it will only take a couple of minutes.

Top Netball Season at Greenfield

posted 19 Jun 2019, 06:22 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 19 Jun 2019, 06:22 ]

Netball teams at Greenfield Community College have been achieving great things this year with brilliant results.

Congratulations to Year 8 and Year 9, training and resilience paid off as they were crowned champions of the SWD U13 and U14 Tournament respectively, a great achievement.  Year 11 also showed great form finishing top in the SWD league table.  Well done to all involved.

Director of Sport, Barbara Davis, is thrilled with the achievements and the positive attitude of the players “This has been an amazing season for Greenfield’s netball teams, to win one league or tournament in a season would be a highlight which doesn’t happen every year, but to have three separate teams finishing in top spot in the South West Durham Leagues and tournaments is an achievement we are very proud of“.

Many players are now training and playing for local adult teams including Greenfield’s partner club Brays, who train at Greenfield and make use of the state-of-the art facilities. The club have recently chosen Greenfield as their venue for a Tuesday night adult league which takes place in sports hall. 

The excellent facilities are available to hire, if you are interested in netball or football leagues or are looking for a venue for your chosen sport please contact Community Sport on 07879 117224 after 17:00 or contact through Facebook, Greenfield Community Sports.

Greenfield Students are Published Authors

posted 19 Jun 2019, 06:19 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 19 Jun 2019, 06:22 ]

Students from Greenfield Community College have been selected to become published authors. 

The students were offered the opportunity to enter a mini-saga writing competition, ran by Young Writers, and after submitting a range of creative and innovative were selected to be published in a short story anthology called Mission Contamination. 

An impressive total of thirty students were selected out of 16,000 entries from across the country. This is an amazing achievement and demonstrates the creative minds of the young people at Greenfield Community College. Having their writing published has also given our young people confidence, showcases their writing skills and gives them a real purpose and audience for their writing. 

“We could not be more proud of their achievements which demonstrates the creative minds that our school has to offer.”  said Mrs Broom, English Development Lead,  Names of students are: Kiera Whiting, Jack Lowe, Elanor Hughes, Jay Moore, Lewis Sangster, Sam Duckett, Luke Gledhill, Joshua Bagshaw, Faye Morrison, Taylor Bowen, James King, James Coupland, Charlie Walton, Bo Wilson-Lee, Courtney Griffiths, Jamie-Lee Stott
Arron Robson, Sophie Capstack, Trinity Paterson, Tilly Hathaway, Keira Lau
Erin Davison, Tia Wood, Alisha-Paige Leather, Katelyn Freeborn, Holly Vockings,
Peter Suttle, Mia-Rose Thompson, Kayleigh Harrison, Ebony Cairns

Other students have been speaking up for writing and were finalists of the Terry Kelly Poetry Prize.  They have had their work published too as part of a regional anthology.  They celebrated as finalists at an event at Customs House, South Shields recently where their dedication and hard work was recognised.

Stunning Performance of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at Greenfield

posted 5 Jun 2019, 02:47 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 7 Jun 2019, 01:31 ]

Greenfield students had a difficult act to following their brilliant success in last year’s ‘School of Rock’.  However, after months of rehearsals and commitment by students and staff (and former students) the Greenfield production was sensational, unearthing new talent and wowing the audience with the zany and colourful musical Little Shop of Horrors.

The annual performance attracts students and staff with a range of skills and talents from the Greenfield community who pull together to bring about a professional and enjoyable run of shows each year.  The show ran over three days and included matinee performances for local primary schools in addition to the evening shows.  This year also included a special radio interview with cast members who had the chance to talk more about their role and the production.

The audience were thrilled with the show which is an interpretation of the off-broadway hit with music composed by Alan Menken and written by Howard Ashman and tells the tale about a florist shop worker who finds out his Venus flytrap can speak!  Not an easy feat to convince any audience but fully achieved by the young cast at Greenfield.

Congratulations to all of those involved both treading the boards and working behind the scenes.  The show is a special part of the school calendar that brings opportunities to shine and be a part of a big event.  We are already looking forward to next year’s production.  Greenfield Community College is a specialist Arts and Science School and is committed to raise aspirations by providing opportunities for their students to excel.

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