Welcome to Greenside


September 2019

Dear Readers – Friends & Visitors

Whether you are a Greenside (or GGL) student, parent/ carer, member of staff or someone interested in our Film Factory may I offer you a warm welcome to our website.

It’s September 2019 and we are all set at Greenside to begin a new academic year and the next exciting stage of our adventure.

Four years ago we began to ‘break boundaries’; ‘flip the learning’ and explore how we could learn in the most creative and innovative way; allowing our students opportunities to lead, become global citizens and develop real independence so that they engage with every moment of life at Greenside: ‘Learning is Everything & Everything is Learning’. Our Film Factory model evolved; our holistic, linked up learning approach with film texts at the heart has since then changed direction with different students and cohorts bringing new ideas, different teachers contributing their unique skills and simultaneously we have focused on improving English & Maths attainment through our exciting curriculum. Our Test results in Reception, Y2 and Y6 have been consistently strong – especially at a GDS (Great Depth) level and we are very proud of the progress every student make at Greenside 

We love our 8-year learning journey, our Specialism programme and the World Ready way our students learn. We love taking risks, developing new pedagogical approaches and trying new things.

In April 2018 we had a one-day short Inspection and we were delighted that the Inspector recognized the value of our creative curriculum and the importance we place on the SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual & Moral) work at Greenside – she thought our students were wonderful & we certainly agree!

We are also delighted to be part of the GGL Federation – working closely with Griffin Primary School.

Being part of the Federation allows our students & staff the opportunity to work & learn together and to participate in such joint ventures as an Y6 Maths Conference, a Dance Festival and shared e-learning projects. For our Teachers working within the Federation brings so many possibilities and opportunities and with everything we gain (and get to give) as part of The Elliot Foundation – we are rather lucky!

We are proud of the links Greenside & GGL have with the charity Good Chance; the fundraising and involvement our students have had with the creative projects is impressive and this term they will be involved in many projects from World Peace Day, performances and sponsored events to help refugees.

What’s special about Greenside?

Of course it’s our students, staff and Curriculum Model but we are also unique in other ways.

We grow and make our own vegetarian lunches at Greenside and have a wonderful city garden and a real community Food Experience. 

Each year we devise and perform a number of different productions – in the autumn term we are about to embark upon A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in the summer term we will be writing our own musical!

And so …we begin another year, if you are already a member of our Greenside and GGL community please take some time to look at our STAR Day plans or simply enjoy the information and successes of our students in our Newsletters. If you would like to visit us then do email to make an appointment – we love hosting visitors and would love to show you Greenside any time!

In the 2017-2018 academic year our Executive Head Girl, Ella (Y6) was commissioned to make a film about Greenside, she filmed 1 second each day to celebrate life at Greenside. We hope you will spend a delightful 5 minutes watching this – it captures the heart and spirit of Greenside.

In 2018-2019 our Head Girl – also called Ella (Y6) made a beautiful photographic representation of ‘her’ Greenside and made us equally proud – (or just search on our YouTube Channel!)

With best wishes for the year ahead.

Karen Bastick-Styles (Executive Head) GGL – Greenside & Griffin