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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Gallery 2018/2019

 This gallery page will be updated on a regular basis with activities and events throughout the year. Drop in regularly so you don't miss anything!


Father Andrew came into school and talked to us about the importance of Christingle. 

He taught us how to make Christingles. We made one each. We really enjoyed it. 

In assembly we showed them off and sang songs to celebrate Jesus as light of the world.

Our Christmas Performances

Reception  Whoops a Daisy Angel                    Key Stage 1  Prickly Hay                                               Key Stage 2  Story of the Nativity with Carols

Our Remembrance Service 2018

Enjoying Harvest Festival in school

This year we enjoyed our Harvest Festival in school. Father Andrew from St Ignatius and Maurice Parker from the Bethesda church came along to the celebration. We shared our work, sang songs and said prayers together. We had a lovely time.



Hit the Surf

Some children in year 5 took part in the Hit the Surf programme run by the RNLI.  We had a great day at the beach where we learnt about water safety and took part in activities. Here are some photographs from our day.