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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Autumn 19 Gallery and Work


A Visit from our Police Community Support Officers

We had a visit from our Police Community Support Officers Craig and Rebecca today. They talked to the children about their role in the community and about some of the things that they do to keep people in Hendon safe.  Some of the children could remember the number ‘999’ to ring in case of emergencies. The children had the opportunity to try on some police uniform including police helmets. We talked about their fluorescent jackets and reflective strips that make them visible at night. As the mornings and night times get darker the children agreed it would be a good idea to wear bright clothing so that cars and other people can see them, especially when they are walking to and from school. We talked about being safe when crossing the road - always cross with an adult and use the Crossing Patrol Officer to help them cross the road to and from school.

Making Gingerbread People

We have been reading a range of traditional tales in Reception. After reading The Gingerbread Man story we had a go at making our own gingerbread people. We very carefully weighed, chopped and mixed the ingredients. We then rolled out the dough and cut out the people shapes, adding raisins to decorate. When the gingerbread men were in the oven we had to keep a watchful eye on them as a few of us thought they might escape and run away!! We enjoyed eating our gingerbread people once they had cooled- they were delicious!!

Roald Dahl Day

For Roald Dahl day 2019 we watched Newsround and found out some interesting facts about Roald Dahl. We discussed what facts we had found out and we talked about what Roald Dahl stories we liked the best, Charlie and the Chocolate factory, and Matilda were the most popular. We had never read the story The Enormous Crocodile before and we were very interested in finding out what it was about so we read some of the story after lunch.  We completed a range of Roald Dahl themed activities throughout the day including, drawing a chocolate factory, designing our own pet crocodile and practising some Roald Dahl themed pencil control activities.

First Days in Reception

The children are settling into their reception year really well. They are enjoying exploring their new classrooms, getting to know their friends and teachers and getting used to new routines.

We have a meeting with parents on Monday 16th September straight after Parent-Share time to discuss routines and expectations for the reception year ahead. We look forward to seeing you there.

Mrs Johnson
Miss Smith
Reception Team