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Food/support packs for most vulnerable families

posted 18 Mar 2020, 07:26 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 18 Mar 2020, 08:24 ]

To all our families

In anticipation of emergency measures being taken over the coming weeks, Greenfield Community College would like to try and support the most vulnerable families in our community.  As it seems that many families are out perhaps ‘panic buying’ or maybe ‘sensibly preparing’ for effects of Coronavirus, we would like to help those that can’t perhaps easily afford such preparation.  

Our social media communication reaches thousands of people weekly and we feel we are in a great position to support others.

We will accept donations and sort these into bags (please send them in too).  We will then consider distribution of packs as families contact us with requests. Our priority families will be identified through Pupil Premium/free school meal status however we will also try to support any other family requiring a pack. Whilst there may not end up being a need for such supplies - we would like to be prepared just in case! 

We will be accepting donations of the following items from local businesses and Greenfield families: 



Dried fruit like raisins 



Long life fruit juice


Peanut butter

Porridge oats

Powdered milk or long-life milk




Tinned eg  baked beans, spaghetti

Tinned fish eg tuna, salmon or  sardines

Tinned fruit, eg peaches, grapefruit, pears etc. 

Tinned meat or a jar of frankfurters

Tinned potatoes, or Smash

Tinned tomatoes


Non-food items

Loo roll






Yours sincerely


Mrs A. Dixon

Assistant Headteacher




Greenfield Students Enjoy ‘Mathsplosion’

posted 9 Mar 2020, 05:54 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 9 Mar 2020, 05:54 ]

Students from Greenfield Community College have engaged in an innovative maths-based event aimed at raising the number of students achieving A or A* grade GCSE mathematics qualifications as part of the Advanced Maths Support Programme.

Mathsplosion, held at Durham Sixth Form Centre, is aimed at Year 9 and 10 students to help achieve excellence in mathematics through challenges, games, puzzles and teamwork.   The group of students from Greenfield Community College took part in workshops around problem solving, using A Level maths content including imaginary numbers, graph theory, platonic solids and magic squares.

Mrs Middleton, Director of Improvement in Maths at Greenfield Community College was delighted with the performance of students, “we had a really interesting day and I was exceptionally proud of our students who really engaged with all aspects of the day and were a credit to themselves and to our school”, said Mrs Middleton.

Mathsplosion is organised in partnership in Access to Further Mathematics who invite students and schools to participate and take advantage of learning opportunities.

Greenfield Community College are committed to offering extended learning opportunities to support learning and enable students to reach their full potential.

Beautiful Book-making at Greenfield Arts

posted 9 Mar 2020, 05:52 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 9 Mar 2020, 05:52 ]

The spring programme at Greenfield Arts is underway with a wide range of creative courses, exhibitions and specialist activities on offer.

Spring is a time to learn something new and our offer this season includes painting, printmaking, illustration and book-making. Greenfield Arts are encouraging people to connect to their creativity with an opportunity to learn new skills in a lovely environment.

Artist Sharon Simpson will be leading the new book-making workshops which will be held on Tuesday 17 and 24 March from 18:00 – 20:00.  The sessions are inspired by our new exhibition and will offer the opportunity to create your own collaged or painted foldable book.  Cost is just £30 for the two sessions.

If you would like to know more about book-making or the opportunities on offer please visit our website email or call 01325 379048 to speak to our friendly team.  You can also enrol online using a simple form to reserve your place.

Greenfield Arts are committed to offering quality creative opportunities and have bespoke facilities and a specialist extended team that support and encourage creativity in the community. 

Greenfield Arts Welcome ‘The Birdscarers’

posted 4 Mar 2020, 00:12 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 4 Mar 2020, 00:12 ]

Greenfield Arts are delighted to welcome The Birdscarers, a live performance including live music and spoken word bringing to life the heritage of our area.  Gary Chaplin and Michael Chaplin are cousins who share the same lineage and legacy.  Michael’s father Sid Chaplin is a renowned author and screenwriter.

The Birdscarers will take place at Greenfield Arts on Thursday 12 March at 18:30 and costs just £5 a ticket.  You can book your place via the website using the simple online form, visit or call 01325 379048 for further details or for group bookings. 

Gary and Michael have been performing in venues throughout the north east attracting audiences and great reviews.  Greenfield Arts are committed to bringing high quality Arts including live performances to the community and look forward to what promises to be a wonderful evening. 

A Specialist Spring Programme at Greenfield Arts

posted 4 Mar 2020, 00:11 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 4 Mar 2020, 00:11 ]

The programme at Greenfield Arts is now well underway with activities, projects and events attracting over 4000 visitors and participants.

Specialist arts offers this season include acrylics and oils, book-making, print-making and an illustration workshop.  In our season of ‘connections’ we are offering the opportunity to connect to your creativity, learn new skills with specialist artists and to be creative in a lovely environment.

Many of our participants are busy preparing to exhibit their artwork in our Open Art exhibition.  ‘Connecting Communities’ will feature over fifty artists many of whom will be exhibiting for the first time.  The exhibition runs from Thursday 27 February – Wednesday 29 April 2020.

Greenfield Arts has bespoke studio spaces that have state-of-the art facilities and is available for use, supporting artists, freelances, creative practitioners and creative groups throughout the region.  If you would like to know more about the facilities and opportunities that are available please visit for further details or speak directly to Creative Director at Greenfield Arts, Katy Milne.

Greenfield Students Excel at Cultural Presentation

posted 4 Mar 2020, 00:09 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 4 Mar 2020, 00:09 ]

Students at Greenfield Community College have been working independently to learn more about French culture, in particular exploring the celebration of La Chandeleur which has taken place this month.

The studies have helped them find out more about French culture, improved their language skills and why the French celebrate their very own pancake day!

“What a fantastic few weeks 7W have had in French, they have used the skills they have  been learning over the past few months and put all their research together into a presentation which they shared with the whole class.  The presentations were of a very high standard, well done to all involved” said Modern Foreign Language subject leader Mrs Welsh.

The students were able to learn new skills, gain confidence and progress their ability to be self-led learners, all attributes that support their overall learning experience at Greenfield.

Greenfield Community College offer a broad and balanced curriculum.  Modern Foreign Languages play an important role in learning and supporting students to develop their literacy skills.



What a fantastic few weeks 7w have had in French. All the students have been working hard to independently research La Chandeleur and learn all about how and why the French celebrate their very own pancake day. The children used some of the skills they have been learning and practising for the last few months to put all their research together into a presentation that they presented to the whole class. The presentations were a very high standard and it showed just how much work the children had put into their research.

We wanted to share this achievement with you, well done to all involved!

Finders, Seekers at Greenfield Arts

posted 4 Mar 2020, 00:07 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 4 Mar 2020, 00:08 ]

Greenfield Arts are excited to welcome artist in residence Bethan Maddocks who will be working with Greenfield Arts and our wider community to explore the idea of possibility, and create work for our exhibition ‘Finders, Seekers’.  Bethan is a visual artist who often works with drawing and paper structure making and creates site specific ephemeral installations that engage audiences.

Bethan will be hosting drop-in sessions that will stimulate conversation, explore the idea of possibility, bring together a collection of creative exchanges and help produce an installation at The Greenfield Gallery.  The first community session will be held on Monday 6 April from 13:30 – 15:00, all age groups are welcome and it is free of charge.

The residency will be an integral part of Greenfield Arts 20th birthday celebrations.  Bethan will be working with students from Greenfield Community College, the Men’s Cree group and the wider community to stimulate creativity, questioning and curiosity. 

The exhibition will run from Thursday 14 May - Wednesday 1 July and will include our birthday party event on 23 June. 

Greenfield Arts provides opportunities to explore ideas and express ourselves by working with the wider community, young people and creative practitioners.  Visit the website on to find out about our full programme and our creative spaces. 

Greenfield Arts Trip to Bowes Museum

posted 12 Feb 2020, 06:09 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 12 Feb 2020, 06:09 ]

As part of their season of collaboration and connectivity, Greenfield Arts were delighted to offer the opportunity of a visit to The Bowes Museum, near Barnard Castle.

Collaborative artist Richard Bliss has been working in partnership with Greenfield Arts over the past few years and is presently exhibiting as part of a residency programme and the Untitled 10 exhibition at Bowes Museum.  A group of twenty-two people from the local community were able to meet up with Richard and enjoy a guided tour of the museum and the Untitled10 Exhibition.

The exhibition is a wonderful selection created by ten local artists and craft makers who have responded to the collection and interpreted stories surrounding the history of the museum itself, how it was made and the many crafts people involved.  Richard’s artwork is inspired by stories of workers who were essential to the creation of the museum but enjoy little historic celebration.

The group found the artwork thought provoking and inspired conversations surrounding art and the representations created as part of the exhibition.  This was a first time visit to Bowes for many of the group and a chance to enjoy a lovely new experience.  Philip Clark, from Horndale Residents Association brought the group together and helped to organise the trip and its logistics.  Feedback was very positive, one member of the group stated, “I didn’t think I would enjoy it but found it a great insight into art…it has given me the confidence to maybe visit these places by myself”.

Philip recognised the value of this cultural experience through his own connection with Greenfield Arts and supported local community members to access the opportunity.  Philip worked with local councillors Paul Howell, John Clare and Scott Durham to support the visit.

Greenfield Arts is committed to bring creative opportunities to the wider community that promote and stimulate creativity, questioning and curiosity, encouraging us to explore ideas and express ourselves though experiencing, making or producing new work.  A big thank you to Philip Clark, Horndale Residents Association, Richard Bliss and Bowes Museum for making this such a great experience.

Greenfield Students are Making European Connections

posted 12 Feb 2020, 06:07 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 12 Feb 2020, 06:07 ]

Students from Greenfield Community College have been given the chance to travel to Europe and make new connections with students from a range of countries.  The recent ERASMUS+ trip enabled a group of students to travel overseas and spend time in a Spanish school and family homes, learning more about the culture, landscape and learning experiences in another country. 

The students also worked with students from Spain, Norway, France and Croatia to explore Europe’s tracks. The group and accompanying staff completed two breath-taking treks, and explored the city of Alicante. “It was amazing to see how the students really pushed themselves in new surroundings and living in a new culture for the week” said subject specialist Mr Robson. “It was a fantastic opportunity for our group of students”.

Greenfield Community College are committed to encouraging and developing extended learning opportunities such as this.  The students have learned so much about themselves and others, learning more about collaboration, gaining confidence and being resilient when facing new challenges, it has been a memorable experience for all.  

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