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A celebration of two campuses’ sporting success at Greenfield

posted 20 Jun 2017, 05:18 by Daniel Potts

On Thursday 15th June, Greenfield Community College held its annual Sports Presentation Evening. It was fantastic to see so many parents and families at school to support and celebrate the success of a school hall full of inspirational students.

This year has seen us embark on an exciting journey where PE has continued to grow across two campuses. The level of PE and school sport has been to an extremely high level with achievements on an individual and team basis, both on the Aycliffe and Sunnydale Campuses. Furthermore, it has been particularly pleasing to see success in the form of cross-campus teams.  All pupils who attended received a certificate to celebrate their achievement in the vast array of extra-curricular clubs that Greenfield offer throughout the year. Those plethora of sports included football, netball, rugby, athletics, cricket, tennis, badminton, table tennis, cross-country, rowing, dodgeball, basketball, indoor athletics, girls football, rounders, trampolining, gymnastics, sports leadership, boccia and handball.

The evening encapsulated a whole year of sporting success at Greenfield which has seen PE and Sport continue to thrive within the school. This enhances the department’s recent acknowledgement of the afPE Quality mark status and is further reinforced by OFSTED who state ‘there is clear excellence in the teaching of PE’. The first half of the ceremony presented opportunity to celebrate winners for personality, commitment, most improved, team of the year, sports leader, outstanding club performance and a dance award for outstanding commitment and performance. At the midway point of the evening a range of pupils were invited up onto stage for the infamous entertainment round, which was themed around a Question of Sport.

At the end of the evening the two most prestigious awards were presented for Outstanding Performance in School Sport with Adam Ord winning the accolade for the third year running for the boys and Leah Rutherford for the girls. Congratulations to all pupils who have represented the school this last year. You have done yourself, your families and your teachers proud.

Award winners

Sports Personality Male & Female – Adam Scott (Aycliffe Campus), Robert Beaston (Sunnydale Campus), Melissa Foster (Aycliffe Campus), Sydney Cassidy (Sunnydale Campus).

Commitment to Sport Male & Female – Callum Reece (Sunnydale Campus), Emma Smith (Aycliffe Campus).  

Most Improved Male & Female – Ben Mackenzie (Aycliffe Campus) and Fenn Lambert (Sunnydale campus), Stacey Leary (Aycliffe Campus) and Kayleigh Walton (Sunnydale campus)

Team of the Year – U/16 Netball squad

Outstanding Performance in School Sport Male & Female – Adam Ord (Aycliffe Campus), Leah Rutherford (Sunnydale Campus).

Sports Leader Award  – Charlotte Hugill (Aycliffe Campus)

Outstanding Club Performance Outside of School – Aiden Benson - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Aycliffe campus)

Dance Award for Outstanding Commitment and Performance – Emily Halford (Aycliffe Campus)


Youth Choir

posted 19 Jun 2017, 00:04 by Daniel Potts


posted 14 Jun 2017, 05:29 by Sophie Lewis

A recent OFSTED visit to Greenfield Community College highlighted the many strengths within the school and also identified key areas for continued improvement as recognised within the current School Improvement Plan.

Executive Headteacher David Priestley was pleased to see that OFSTED recognised that because of actions already taken by the school “There is compelling evidence now that students in all year groups are making much better progress” and “There is clear evidence that disadvantaged students including the most able are now making much stronger progress”.

“Our commitment to provide support for the whole child was also endorsed” said Mr Priestley, the report stated “Most students are confident young people. They show respect for others and have positive attitudes to school, their peers and staff”.

The school will be re-inspected in 2019 to ensure that any issues raised have been built on and that the school is achieving the very best for its young people.

Greenfield Gallery gets Opinionated!

posted 13 Jun 2017, 06:05 by Sophie Lewis

In the lead up to the Greenfield Community College annual GCSE arts exhibition, running from Thursday 29th June to Wednesday 13th July, Greenfield Arts have been working with year 7 and 8 students to better understand what it is students need from the gallery and the opportunities it offers.

The exhibition which will showcase the fantastic work of students studying for GCSEs in Visual Arts at Greenfield Community College – including sculpture, photography and graphics, is a brilliant opportunity for students to see their creative work in a professional gallery environment as well as a chance for staff to highlight their skills and praise their achievements.

Year 11 students have also seen this as an opportunity to promote the arts to younger generations and inspire the take up of GCSE art. They have therefore given themselves the task of curating one final exhibition, offering graduate and aspiring artists a professional space to exhibit, something that is very hard to come by but will open up inspiring opportunities to both artists and the young audience of Greenfield Community College. Year 11 students have also developed a mentor scheme in which they hope for younger years to get involved in the gallery programming in their absence, therefore engaging more classes with the space.

The work produced by the year 7’s and 8’s will therefore inform part of the secondary exhibition curated by Year 11 students, which is open to the public from Monday 17th July – Wednesday 26th July. Come along, add your own opinion to our comments wall and even join in the activity!

For more information on any of the information here, check out the website or speak with one of our lovely team members on 01325 379048 or

Gallery Opening Times: Monday – Thursday 10am – 9pm and Friday 10am – 4pm.

Greenfield Students Create Relaxing Space

posted 13 Jun 2017, 04:11 by Sophie Lewis

A group of Yr 9 students at Greenfield Community College who have been working with the “TEAMH” project ran by “If you care share” have created a fantastic room for the school counsellor.

This project started with the training of the young people involved to help them recognise and support those with mental health needs. Matthew from ‘If you care share’ then set a task for the students to come up with a project that would benefit the whole school on a budget of £300 pounds.

The students after some deliberation decided that the counselling room could be more comfortable for students who need it. The students had to design the room and then research the costs of various items that they wanted to purchase.

By May 15th all the items had been delivered and it was time for the group to get busy. Matthew and the students then set to work building shelves, painting quotes, preparing a fish tank and arranging the furniture that they had purchased in the room. All the students that use the room really love the new look and say it is a really nice space to be able to talk with the counsellor.

“We are so grateful to ‘If you care share’ for all the work they have done and continue to do at our school” said Dianne Davis, Assistant Headteacher at Greenfield Community College.

Greenfield Students Study the Environment

posted 13 Jun 2017, 04:09 by Sophie Lewis

Students from Greenfield Community College participated in their human Geography fieldwork recently. Forty three students from the Sunnydale Campus and Aycliffe Site were treated to a bright and sunny trip to Newcastle on Wednesday, with thirty four more braving the rain on Thursday. 

The trip highlighted the many qualities of the Greenfield Students as they investigated environmental quality and carried out surveys using questionnaires with the generous assistance of the Geordie public. This included questions about buildings and refurbishments; litter and graffiti and how much the city has changed from the outskirts to the central business district.

Well done Greenfield Geographers, you have made the department proud.

Reinventing Revision at Greenfield

posted 13 Jun 2017, 04:05 by Sophie Lewis

Revision, sounds boring right? However, not at The Sunnydale Campus of Greenfield Community College where the students have been turning up to school on a Sunday, yes a Sunday. Whilst for many this may be a day of rest, for these students hard work is top of the agenda.

Students have attended Sunday English sessions in which they completed a range of tasks preparing them for their exams. With each session lasting 4 hours, this was no easy task. One student claimed,

“The Sunday revision the day before the exam settled my nerves and made me feel more prepared.” Whilst another student stated, “These weekend sessions mean that my revision is structured with a clear focus. It has definitely been very useful.”

Greenfield Students Raise Awareness at Durham Pride

posted 9 Jun 2017, 07:17 by Sophie Lewis   [ updated 9 Jun 2017, 07:18 ]

On Monday 29th May 2017 twenty two students from Greenfield Community College attended Durham Pride which was held at ‘The Sands’ in Durham City Centre. The students were very keen to take part because they believe that it is important to raise awareness and educate the public about the issues and difficulties affecting the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people in and around County Durham.

Students from both the Sunnydale Campus and Aycliffe site spent weeks designing and creating fabulous banners for the occasion which were proudly displayed on the day. The LGBT+ colours had special meaning as they represent the flags for the different identities.

“Greenfield are strongly committed to celebrating Equality and Diversity and we are very proud of our students who gave up a day of their holidays to support this cause” said Assistant Headteacher Dianne Davis.

Greenfield’s Cree Group are Valued Volunteers

posted 9 Jun 2017, 07:15 by Sophie Lewis

The fabulous Mens Cree group at Greenfield Arts have again been recognised for their contribution to the community as part of Volunteers Week, a national initiative to recognise and celebrate the value of volunteering.

As part of the celebrations by Durham Community Action, the Cree Group have been invited to attend a presentation evening at Beamish Museum where they will be given the opportunity to explore the museum’s town and enjoy refreshments in the historic tea rooms.

The group meet at Greenfield Arts on a weekly basis where they volunteer their time to help both themselves and the community as they participate in useful and creative projects which in turn have a positive effect on their own well-being. They are presently working on building a ‘shed’ for the PCP at Newton Aycliffe and have recently been working on wonderful ‘little libraries’ which are popping up around the region.

Richard Agar who leads the sessions is thrilled with the invitation and the recognition the group are receiving for their hard work. The Cree Men meet at Greenfield Arts every Monday from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm, if you would like to know a little bit more about the group please give our friendly team a call on 01325 379 048 or email

Y10 Geography Field Trip

posted 9 Jun 2017, 05:31 by Daniel Potts

Geography students participated in their human geography fieldwork this week. 43 students were treated to a bright and sunny trip to Newcastle on Wednesday, with 34 more braving the rain on Thursday. Geographers showed the qualities of Greenfield Students in investigating the environmental quality and taking several questionnaires with the Geordie public. Well done Greenfield Geographers, you have made the department proud. 

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