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Greenfield Nominated for Awards

posted by Daniel Potts   [ updated ]

We are delighted to announce that both Greenfield Arts and Greenfield Community College have been nominated for a national award.

Greenfield Arts have been recognised for their contributions to family focused arts activities, bringing creativity to local communities.  In this 20th birthday year they are reflecting upon the many activities, projects and events they have developed and led. This nomination is fantastic recognition for the work that has taken place and continues to be developed to support the wider community to be creative, explore ideas and express themselves.

The Fantastic for Families Awards are organised by Family Arts Campaign, an organisation that encourages engagement with the community and the arts.  Greenfield Arts are perfectly aligned with their ethos supporting young people and families to participate in arts with many free events and activities that support engagement without barriers.  Activities such as their free art club, free holiday activities, projects such as Storymakers and Creative Communities and the offer of regular high-quality live performances for all to enjoy.

Greenfield Community College have been recognised for their consistent and proactive approach to valuing the importance of student voice and the structure in place that has encouraged this to thrive and impact upon student learning and school improvement.

This award is organised by Votes for Schools an award-winning platform that gives students a voice on the issues that affect them the most.  Greenfield Community College are nominated for the Student Voice Awards that recognise and celebrate high quality and inspiring practice in schools.

The strength of student voice is an integral part of decision making and school life at Greenfield.  Student Leaders have a strong presence leading assemblies, facilitating whole school staff training and have even attended council meetings and have designed and led their own school student conference.  The student communications team, The Newshounds, have worked hard to keep issues and initiatives on top of agendas and have been an excellent conduit to involve the whole school in positive initiatives.

We wish nominees at both Greenfield Arts and Greenfield Community College every success with their award nominations. You can find out more by visiting our websites at and

The Achiever May 2020

posted 21 May 2020, 01:28 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 21 May 2020, 04:06 ]

Take a look at our Spring Newsletter  - The Achiever – and see the progress and achievement that has been taking place at Greenfield this year.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you can't view the Achiever on this page please click here.

Greenfield Arts Create Community Film

posted 18 May 2020, 04:41 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 18 May 2020, 06:26 ]

Greenfield Arts have been working with the community to celebrate creativity and to help make their birthday film.  The arts team, who are presently working from home, would like to say a big thank you to all for the wonderful contributions so far that help mark their twentieth birthday.

The campaign has inspired people to share their superhero talents, recall a creative moment or experience or just to remember a time or activity at Greenfield Arts.  Katy Milne, Creative Director and Filmmaker Laura Degnan have been working online to bring together your contributions and are excited to be making a film that reflects the community which is at its heart.

The overall film is inspired by a piece of poetry by spoken word artist, Tony Gadd, who was commissioned by Greenfield Arts to capture the essence of the organisation, its work and its place within the community as part of its twentieth birthday plans.  We would be thrilled if you could help us illustrate this through doodles and illustrations that reflect nature or creativity. 

Our Greenfield Arts Community film campaign can be found on our social media sites (Facebook and Twitter) or you can email the team by contacting

Greenfield Students are Inspired to Love Reading

posted 18 May 2020, 04:35 by Daniel Potts

Reading is key at Greenfield Community College and students are reaping the benefits of the many opportunities and resources that have been available to them.  During this time of uncertainty, reading is an activity that can provide a space to enjoy both fiction and non-fiction, both of which can offer a wonderful learning experience in the home and a form of freedom to explore new ideas and escape to other worlds.

Every week there is a ‘Reading in Lockdown’ document shared with all students with reading links and ideas including items from short uplifting articles to more challenging podcasts.  Students at Greenfield can find this work posted in the ‘English’ work files along with a shared ‘reading and listening resources’ folder for students and families to dip into (see the ‘Reading Resources’ link on our webpage).

Ofsted have continually highlighted the correlation between reading, writing and the benefits it can bring across the curriculum and this is also a vital component of their ‘deep dive’ strategy in schools. Students at Greenfield Community College are progressing and nurturing a love of reading which will allow them to access a wide range of opportunities. Improved reading ability is essential in supporting students to successfully approach the new G.C.S.E. framework but it is also crucial in equipping our students with the vocabulary they need to become confident young adults. Greenfield Community College are committed to encourage and develop reading through expert teaching and providing the opportunities and resources for students to read and to inspire a love of reading.

Whilst at school, time is allotted each day in T4S (Time for Success) lesson, where students are given space and time to read a book of choice and the school have worked hard to widen the range of materials available during this time with form tutors.  There are also reading initiatives such as ‘star reading’ to enable students and staff understand and evaluate levels of reading and encourage progress.  Greenfield has a well-stocked library with dedicated librarians on hand to advise and encourage students.  Novels and plays within the curriculum are studied in-depth with many opportunities to discuss and study texts including external visits and trips to live theatre to continually inspire reading and deepen knowledge. Forty-five students trained as peer-reading mentors during the autumn term and we hope that they will play a key role in supporting students and promoting reading when we return to school.  Last half-term some of the reading mentors began their role by supporting a break-time reading drop in for our Year 7 and 8 students who enjoyed listening to stories read by staff including Mr. Moffatt, Ms Silverwood and Mr. Mark.

More recently, to celebrate world book evening, staff have been sharing their reading on social media, releasing a video to encourage students to explore their own reading tastes and gain a light-hearted insight into the choices staff are making. We have also continued to mark events such as V.E. Day with reading recommendations posted on Twitter, students who would like to forward their own book recommendations should email Ms. Rose.

This week the school are inviting students to enter a competition to design a National Book Token. See @GreenfieldTweet for more, there will also be an online book club and a new competition coming up so please keep in touch.

Greenfield is committed to encouraging reading and promoting a broad and balanced curriculum enabling each and every student to reach their full potential.  In the words of author Neil Gaiman,  we ‘hope we can give our children a world in which they will read, and be read to, and imagine, and understand’ because we know that ‘once a child finds their happy place in a book, they will have this gift for the rest of their lives’.

Greenfield Arts Project Creativity

posted 12 May 2020, 06:14 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 12 May 2020, 06:17 ]

Greenfield Arts are pleased to be able to maintain and develop a number of ongoing creative projects at present.  Although many members of the community are familiar with our Arts Centre facility, which is currently closed, in this, our birthday year, it is an opportunity to reflect upon some of the wonderful events and projects that have been developed in the wider community that have helped bring so much positivity and creativity to people’s lives.

Although our community arts centre and wider community activity is on hold, the team at Greenfield Arts are working hard with partners to develop current projects and look forward to a future Greenfield Arts programme offer which include projects such as, Shildon in Motion, The Wizard and Typhoon, a community spirit project and an outdoor art work project. Creative Director, Katy Milne has joined forces in collaboration with artists and partners in the community to bring about a positive change and invite the community to be creative, curious and enquiring.

Shildon in Motion is a project that has allowed us to work with the fabulous Shildon community to bring about a new artistic gateway to Shildon Railway Station which will be unveiled later in the year.  Students have been working with professional artists recognising influential figures from Shildon in a project titled, The Wizard and Typhoon. This project is supporting and inspiring young people to be creative, learn about the heritage of their area and celebrate two musician/composers, Allan and Bulch who came from the area. We are looking forward to many new projects in development, in particular, two new projects that will celebrate our sense of community and offer creative activity to explore ideas.

Over the past two decades, although there are too many to mention, there are sure to be projects and installations that have brought a smile to many.  A few examples you may have come across include; Bring the Funny an uplifting installation seen at Newton Aycliffe Railway Station; Cutting Loose with its spectacular creations and amazing carnival finale; commissioned installations that you may see dotted about the region and the many free activities that have encouraged creativity in young people, families and adults.

We are currently making a film for our 20th birthday celebration and would like the community to help us celebrate, what does creativity mean to you?  Have you been inspired by our projects or activities? What activities or projects have you enjoyed? You can find out more by following us on twitter @GreenfieldArts or emailing the team, contact

Thank you to all of our partners and funders who have helped make such a difference. Greenfield Arts are committed to bringing high quality creative projects and arts activities to the community, visit our website at to find out more.

Greenfield Student Support for Future

posted 12 May 2020, 06:08 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 12 May 2020, 06:17 ]


Students from Greenfield Community College are preparing for their future and are supported in many ways to reach their full potential.  The level of support, in these unprecedented times, is continuing to reach students and families, providing reassurance and strong advice for student’s planning their next steps.

Greenfield students have also had the benefit of a valuable careers programme and the school have a strong relationship with colleges, organisations and industry.  The  programme has included arranged visits to local colleges for those who wish to further their education and personal interviews with college staff are arranged on-site to help students make the best possible choices.

One-to-one advice on careers and further education is available through an expert team of staff, Careers Lead Mr Tait is busy tracking student destinations at present and would encourage any students who haven’t yet committed to their choice to get in touch to get the best advice for their future, if you have any queries contact Mr Tait.  There are also some useful links on our social media platforms which may be of help at this time.

Students have also had the opportunity to work alongside mentors as part of the Future First initiative which encourages alumni to support current students and help them choose their next steps.  The programme gives a unique insight into professional roles and a range of employment opportunities.  The mentor scheme has been inspirational for Greenfield students.

Greenfield is committed to offering the best careers advice and was one of only 13 secondary schools in the country to pilot the Gatsby Benchmark Scheme which is now provided to all secondary schools as best practice. The scheme addresses the career needs of every student and the importance of workplace connections, apprenticeships and market changes, highlighting the importance of STEAM subjects and tailoring the needs of each student. 

For further information please visit our website or to contact Mr Tait please email

VE Day 75th Anniversary

posted 8 May 2020, 04:37 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 8 May 2020, 04:39 ]

In true British Style lockdown hasn’t prevented our history students creating commemoration  pieces to celebrate 75 years since the ending of Ww2 in Europe.

Greenfield Gallery is Engaging

posted 5 May 2020, 07:22 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 5 May 2020, 07:23 ]

The Greenfield Gallery, as part of the overall offer from Greenfield Arts, may be a ‘hidden gem’ to some, but its popularity and reach to the wider community and across the area is remarkable.

The gallery is a professional space that offers exhibition and engagement opportunities for everyone including students, professional artists and local artists from the wider community.  The appeal is such that exhibitions are already programmed for 2021 and the team at Greenfield Arts are busy organising 2022.

Over the last 20 years The Greenfield Gallery has hosted 240 exhibitions and seen over 100,000 people visit the space. We have worked with over 530 artists in the gallery and are delighted to be celebrating this as part of our 20th birthday this year.

Over the last year the creative exhibitions have been wide-ranging and have recorded a footfall of over 4000 visitors.  Feedback has been exceptionally positive, with comments praising the space, the curation and the careful programming of events. We were particularly pleased to be selected as one of the gallery spaces to curate and host an exhibition as part of a county wide centenary programme of work by artist Norman Cornish. The exhibition Cornish: Man of Destiny allowed Greenfield Arts to develop a further range of creative activities and arts opportunities across the community, which saw over 700 people attend workshops, study the work of the artist and even create their own response with an exhibition of their own.

The Open Art exhibition this year broke all records with an entry of over fifty artists and over 150 pieces.  The standard and range is a testament to the creativity of the local and wider community and although the exhibition ran for a shorter time this year it has been inspirational to others.

Award winning cultural leader, Katy Milne, Creative Director of Greenfield Arts, has been delighted with the response to the gallery over the years.  “We have worked with so many inspirational artists who have used the space in very different ways to explore and express a variety of ideas and concepts in our gallery and through our programmes.  It has been very rewarding to be able to maximise upon these opportunities to inspire the curiosity and creativity in others and see creative responses develop in a new way as a result.”

Although the gallery is closed at present we are looking forward to a time when the gallery can open its doors once again to the community and celebrate its birthday year.  If you would like to know more about Greenfield Arts check out the website

Greenfield Students Learn Creatively

posted 5 May 2020, 07:18 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 5 May 2020, 07:19 ]

Students from Greenfield Community College have been responding brilliantly to self-led learning, taking up the many resources available to them and managing their own learning from home.

Following the extension of the current situation due to Coronavirus, Greenfield Community College have continued to support and develop learning in the home.  Printed learning packs of material across the curriculum are constantly updated and available for students, as well as online and personal support from expert teaching staff. Staff are updating learning resources regularly through the school website and setting work for students to complete each day.

The success of Hegarty Maths and GCSEPod is continuing and there are also opportunities to visit virtual classrooms through the new Oak National Academy and the BBCs launch of Bitesize Daily Learning led by 200 teachers, including well-loved science guru Brian Cox.

A small number of students are continuing their study on site, accessing learning opportunities directly from staff.  Students recently had the opportunity to develop their skills and explore more about self-led learning through a virtual SOLE session (Self-organised Learning Environment) with million dollar TED prize winning Professor Sugata Mitra, live from his home in Calcutta India.  The students responded brilliantly coming up with innovative ideas and presenting their findings with confidence and newfound knowledge.

There are a number of resources and links on Greenfield Community College’s Twitter page, @GreenfieldTweet, where for example staff have recently celebrated World Book Night, English Subject Specialist Ms Rose, has prompted staff to celebrate the importance of reading and share what they are reading with everyone through their photos and videos. 

Greenfield Community College are committed to continuing extended learning opportunities and are supporting the Greenfield community through unprecedent times in as many ways as possible.  Please continue to visit the school website and other social media platforms to access materials, resources and support throughout this period and you can contact the school via our email for any more information. 

FSE Design Competition

posted 30 Apr 2020, 01:13 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 30 Apr 2020, 01:17 ]

We're looking for students to design a banner which thanks and shows support to the NHS and key workers, for their dedication and hard work during this pandemic. 

We'll pick 5 winners, who will have their artwork recreated by our talented designers and printed on to a big 3x1m banner for you to proudly attach to your school gates! 

To enter, you simply need to take a photograph of your completed worksheet and email it to alongside your full name, age and details of school.

If you do not have a printer at home, we're more than happy to accept photographs of entries drawn on plain paper!


The closing date is Friday 8th May at 5pm! Winners will be announced on Monday 11th May!

For more information, please visit our website and follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.

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