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

Parent Participation

Courses available in Valley Road

The following courses/groups are available to all Parents/Carers.


Triple P Parenting Programme-ran by Carolyn Trueman and Angela Hibbert.

If you would like support regarding the challenges of being a parent/carer, advice around boundaries, positive discipline, having fun with your children and making the best of your family then you might enjoy the Triple P.  The next course will begin on Monday 25th February 2019 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. below are some of the quotes from parents/carers who have already completed the programme.

"It's been a very friendly group, I felt I could get on with everyone and could open up"

"I feel better now I've done the course and feel as though I can be a better mam to my children"

"It's helped me be more assertive"

"I'm less stressed, I listen more and have learnt to respect more"

"It's made me look at the bigger picture"

"I found the group friendly and the information easy to understand"

"I feel more confident and have better self-esteem"

"I didn't realise it would be so easy, in such a short time"

"I'm a more measured parent"

If you would like further information please speak to Carolyn Trueman or Angela Hibbert in Valley Road Academy or telephone 5002999

Women's Peer Support Group.

Please come along to the women's drop in session. This is an informal group who discuss issues such as healthy relationships, how to increase self-esteem and confidence, empowering women and making better life choices.  For more information regarding times and meeting place, please see Carolyn Trueman, or Angela Hibbert in Valley Road School or contact on 01915002999.

The group have recently had a journal of their experiences published, this has been greatly received by many support agencies especially Northumbria Police who have a copy of the journal in every police station in the Northumbria Area Command.  The group would like to thank Police Crime Commissioner Vera Baird for her support and funding, Gentoo Housing Group who also provided funding and the international Soroptimist Women's group who have given their time, support and guidance to make the journal a huge success.  To access the journal online log onto Copies of the journal are also available in school.


Community Spirit parents group and Anti Bullying Ambassadors. This group meet weekly holding a drop in for any parent/carer who may wish to discuss bullying incidents but do not have the confidence to speak to school staff.  Any issue will be dealt with confidentially and sensitively.

The group also raise funds for community day trips during school holidays.

New members and ideas for fundraising are welcome.  For further information please speak to parents/carers Julia Wright,, Jebun Nahar, Abigail Higgins,  Kimberley Buglass, Emilia Ceshan-Potts. Alternatively you can speak to Carolyn Trueman or Angela Hibbert in Valley Road Academy.

English as a Second Language (ESOL) any parent/carer that wishes to improve their use of the English language please come along to this free of charge class.  The sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. and finish at 11:00 a.m. sessions are held in the school training room.  If you would like further information please speak to Carolyn Trueman or Angela Hibbert.



Keep fit class held in the school training room from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and £2:50 per session, all welcome.  For more information please see Carolyn Trueman or Angela Hibbert in school.



Family Beginners Pottery 


Here are our families enjoying the new beginners pottery class, ran by MBC Ceramics. The children and their parents are learning how to be creative with clay. They will be making pinch pots, tiles and animals. Their works of art will be kiln fired and then hand painted by them. 

 See below some of our Bengali ladies in their traditional dress and sharing their delicious cooking.


The ladies enjoy art and craft sessions.

Anti Bullying Week 2017

During the week of 13th November 2017 parents from the volunteer group Community Spirit Group gave out leaflets, stickers, colouring sheets and friendship bracelets to help raise awareness of anti-bullying.