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

Nurture group

Exciting news

Nurture Group meet police horses at Raich Carter Centre


The children from Nurture Group were very lucky to be invited to the Raich Carter centre, where they got to see two police horses.  The horses were called Potter and Bart.

The children were amazed at how big the horses were, especially their hooves! We fed them apples and asked their riders lots of questions.  All the children really enjoyed this exciting experience.

Nurture Group –  Autumn Term

Wow what an amazing start we have had to our new school year!  New children have joined our Nurture Group and have settled in quickly and confidently.  We have a weekly routine that includes, teamwork, being creative, memory games, cooking, outdoors, friendship and games. 

This term we have worked hard on teamwork and friendships.  Our activities have included autumn walks around our school grounds, collecting autumn treasures to make pictures, learning about hedgehogs and even making hedgehog bread. 

We have enjoyed lots of cooking sessions including making Campfire twists and toasties on our fire pit! The children really enjoyed making the damper bread for the twists and twisting it around sticks.  Look at some of our photographs; we are sure you will be impressed!  We are all looking forward to the activities we have planned after out half term break.