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

0191 5002999

Valley Road Academy


Welcome to Valley Road Academy. We are a very successful and happy school, where every decision we make is to achieve Success for All - our school motto. We believe that everyone belongs to our Valley Road family, where we respect each other, learn and grow together.

We work hard at Valley Road and have high expectations for everyone, regardless of ability. Valley Road is the place where children can be the best version of themselves, becoming successful, independent and responsible young people. We have a diverse community and celebrate all cultures and beliefs to promote tolerance and respect.

We are extremely proud of our achievements; not only academic success but also social and sporting success. We hold the Gold Active Sports Award, Silver Primary Science Award and the International School Award. On the 25th June 2019 we were awarded the Platinum Anti Bullying award as we believe everyone has the right to feel safe in school.

Our lessons are always interesting and challenging – from Spanish and gymnastics to residential visits, learning outside and visitors.  We make sure that children are prepared for the next steps in their education and also enjoy their time at Valley Road. Everyone is expected to work hard and each day we ‘Tune into Teams’ where we encourage and support each other. We reward good attendance and punctuality and celebrate this every week as a whole school.

We update our website each week to share the fantastic achievements of our children .You are also welcome to call in to take a look around and to see for yourself everything which is on offer at Valley Road Academy.

Our Inspection Report in February 2018 says this: 

Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. Around 100 pupils a day attend the free breakfast club, where they self-manage their behaviour and are trusted to take their coats and bags to classrooms. Across the day the school is calm and orderly. Pupils are polite and courteous towards one another. During the inspection I saw older pupils reading to younger ones at social times. In lessons, pupils work hard and complete tasks, taking considerable pride in their work.

Come and see for yourself. We have places available in most year groups, but not all. Contact us if you are interested in being part of our success.



 This is what our children an parents think of Valley Road December 2017: 



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Click the link below to take you to the website to see how we compare to other local schools

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Find out how well we are doing on the Dfe Performance website. Our results in Year 6 were excellent this year and now everyone knows about us

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Find out how we compare to similar schools to us across the country. We are 5th out of 124.

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If you are interested in joining our school you can contact us via the above information and can obtain further information about our admission arrangements by clicking on the link: 

Admission Arrangements


Admissions Policy


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Valley Road Academy
Corporation Road

Tyne and Wear

Academy Trust Executive Head: Mrs D de Muschamp

Head of School: Mrs Gillian Jack

Chair of Local Academy Council  : Mr Darren Andrews 

Vice Chair : Neil Clyde 

 Tel: 0191 5002999
Fax: 0191 5002998