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

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We were thrilled to receive a letter from The RT Hon Nick Gibb MP - Minister of State for School Standards. This was to congratulate everyone on the very high level of progress our Y6 children made last year. We are amongst the top 3% of all primary schools across the country.  Please see below for the letter.



This week 'The Chronicle' published their annual Real Schools Guide, which picks out the top ten schools in each area. We are absolutely delighted in being named number one school in Sunderland! This really reflects our school motto - 'Success for All'. We know our children love attending Valley Road and every single member of staff works tirelessly to make sure each child receives the best education, care and support they need to achieve, not only academically, but socially and emotionally. We are proud to represent the local community; we always say we are one big school family, sharing the same values and learning together so it is fantastic to have the school and the local area represented in such a positive way. Our success would not be possible without the ongoing support from our families - let's keep up the good work together.


Link to Chronicle article - Click here

Congratulations to our Anti Bullying Parent Ambassadors

Congratulations to our Anti Bullying Parent Ambassadors, who were presented with an award for positive links with the community. The presentation was held in the Civic Suite, Civic Centre, Sunderland.