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

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Nurture group

Summer Term awakens in Nurture Group

This term saw some new faces joining us at Nurture Group.  Our new boys and girls, have settled in quickly and are enjoying all of the amazing activities that we take part in.  We started out term looking at Potatoes, where they come from, how they grow, the different methods we can cook them, we even tried making potato and broccoli muffins, which the children really enjoyed making and enjoyed even more tasting them.  At the end of our potato topic, we planted our own potatoes, which we are looking after and watching how they grow. The children are very excited to taste their potatoes before we break up for the summer holidays.

Our next topic, which is always favourite, is minibeasts.  We had a great session creating some amazing minibeasts out of junk modelling.  The children were very creative and added so much detail to their creations.  We spent some time looking at the characteristics of minibeasts.  This helped us to design a minibeast sandwich, using vegetables, fruit, cheese and different types of bread.  The children once again were very creative, and others could identify which minibeast they had chosen their sandwich to look like. However, the children’s favourite part of this activity was sampling the different breads we had used, as well as the fruit, vegetables and cheese. 

We hope you enjoy having a look at some of our photographs and watch this space for more adventures with Nurture Group.

Exciting news

Nurture Group meet police horses at Raich Carter Centre


The children from Nurture Group were very lucky to be invited to the Raich Carter centre, where they got to see two police horses.  The horses were called Potter and Bart.

The children were amazed at how big the horses were, especially their hooves! We fed them apples and asked their riders lots of questions.  All the children really enjoyed this exciting experience.

Nurture Group –  Autumn Term

Wow what an amazing start we have had to our new school year!  New children have joined our Nurture Group and have settled in quickly and confidently.  We have a weekly routine that includes, teamwork, being creative, memory games, cooking, outdoors, friendship and games. 

This term we have worked hard on teamwork and friendships.  Our activities have included autumn walks around our school grounds, collecting autumn treasures to make pictures, learning about hedgehogs and even making hedgehog bread. 

We have enjoyed lots of cooking sessions including making Campfire twists and toasties on our fire pit! The children really enjoyed making the damper bread for the twists and twisting it around sticks.  Look at some of our photographs; we are sure you will be impressed!  We are all looking forward to the activities we have planned after out half term break.