IRIS Learning Trust was formed in June 2018 and is based in the North East of England. We are proud to serve our communities and aim to offer outstanding educational provision.
The Trust believes that to be successful and promote a culture of excellence and aspiration, we need to place improving the lives and outcomes of children at the heart of everything we do.


create a culture of high expectation and commitment to success


through our daily work secure excellent academies for our local communities

grow and learn together

work with children and families to create great places of learning for all

IRIS Learning Trust

Corporation Road




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Corporation Road, Sunderland, Tyne And Wear SR2 8PL

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Valley Road Academy

Summer 2019 Gallery and Work


Butterfly Cakes

This week the children have been making butterfly cakes. It is lovely to see them become more independent when baking, applying all of the skills we have learned over the year. They remembered the names of the ingredients and the utensils we use. The children read the recipe and weighed out the ingredients accurately. They even broke the eggs in themselves! They took turns with each stage of the process, talking about what they were doing and helping each other. The children really enjoy cooking. Because we made more than enough cakes, some of the children asked if they could take a spare home to give to their brother, sister or parent. We even had volunteers to do the washing up!


Reception PE

This half term in PE we are practising team games in preparation for our sports day. We worked together to complete each activity in the fastest time. We had a go at egg and spoon race, beanbag race and throwing games. We are very excited for our families to come and watch us compete in sports day next half term. 

Daily Mile

Today we started off our Daily Mile for this term. We all stood at the starting line and then cut the ribbon to begin the mile. We were accompanied around the track by Gary from Tyne and Wear Sport and Aly Dixon, an athlete from the 2016 Olympics.

The Daily Mile allows children to walk, jog or run at their own pace. It is a social physical activity allowing the children to spend time in the fresh air with their friends.