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 te 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

0191 553 7750

Valley Road Academy

Latest Working with Families information



Jebun Nahar, receiving her Community Champion Award,  at the Stadium of Light.  Jebun's award was sponsored by The Big Lottery Fund, the event was organised by The Foundation of Light. The award rewards her continuing efforts in setting up and developing a Bengali Ladies Group who meet every Thursday in Valley Road School. 

Families taking part in a programme with the Foundation of Light enjoying activities with their children. 

Family Learning Graduation Ceremony held at the Stadium of Light on 12th December 2017, our children and parents had a fantastic afternoon at the celebration. 


Peer Support Group

Our Peer Support Group visited the Journey to Justice exhibition at Sunderland Winter Gardens  where the book our group have had published was on show to the public



Parent  Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Community Links Award

Congratulations to the parents/carers involved in this group, they have been given this award for the second time.  Each year the city's anti-bullying team has an event which celebrates the work carried out in Sunderland's schools around raising awareness of anti-bullying.  The parents/carers of Valley Road have been presented with the 'making positive links with the community award' this is due to their work around the impact of bullying and the setting up of the Community Spirit group who fund raise for day trips during school holidays. 

 Student of the month

Congratulations to Jebun Nahar who has won a student of the month award with City of Sunderland College.  Jebun was nominated for her improvement in maths and community work with Bengali ladies in Valley Road School.

Community Spirit

Congratulations to the Community Spirit parent volunteers, a recent application to the Back on the Map Big Fourteen Grants has been successful.  Parents have secured a grant of £850 to support with further day trips and other events to support local children and families.


Courses beginning May/June 2018

Triple P Parenting Programme

If you would like support around positive parenting, use of consistent boundaries and discipline, or would like to meet other parents/carers that may be stressed and struggling then please come along to this programme.  Triple P will begin on 11th June 2018,  if you would like further information please contact Carolyn Trueman or Angela Hibbert  on telephone number 5537750 or call into school.

 SAFC Family Learning

The Foundation of Light will begin a Family Learning programme in May 2018. The programme consists of 10 sessions which will be held in the school training room. Parents/carers will enjoy one hour of activity exploring subjects such as budgeting and finance, mental health, maths and English.  The second part of the session includes activity with your child.  If the programme is completed successfully parent/carers will attend a graduation ceremony,  receive football tickets and have a tour of the Stadium of Light. If you would like further information please speak to Carolyn Trueman or Angela Hibbert in school.

Sunderland College 

Sunderland College hope to have a taster session in June 18  for courses that parents/carers can access.  If you are interested in attending or would like further information please contact Carolyn Trueman or Angela Hibbert in school, or telephone 5537750.  

Dates to be arranged.

Bengali Women's group

 This group continues to meet each Thursday morning from 9:15 - 11:30 a.m.  in the school training room, the ladies are currently practising their sewing skills making dresses and other items of clothing. The photos below show them making bags and baking cookies. If you would like further information please speak to Jebun Nahar in school or telephone 0191 5537750

 Community Spirit day trip to Preston Park and Adventure Valley

Mini Moo's day trip

Community Spirit  parents/carers and children enjoyed a day trip to Mini Moo's farm, the children enjoyed activities such as soft play and tractor rides, they learnt about different animals and had the opportunity to feed them.

Community Spirit parents/carers continue to meet each Wednesday morning from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in the community kitchen, if you are interested in joining the group then please come along or if you would like further information please speak to Abbigail Higgins, Jebun Nahar, Dawn Johnson or Kimberly Buglass.

Jebun Nahar presented with her student of the month award from Debra de Muschamp

Community Spirit Trip to Adventure Valley April 2018