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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Valley Road Academy

Autumn 19 Gallery and Work


Halloween Crafts

Police Visit

We had a visit from our Police Community Support Officer Craig today. He talked to the children about his role in the community and about some of the things that the police do to keep people in Hendon safe. The children had the opportunity to try on some police uniform including police helmets.

Craig also told us about how to stay safe on bonfire night and gave us some top tips.

Craig’s top tips:

  • Anyone holding a sparkler should keep it at arm's length and wear gloves.
  • After they have been used, sparklers should be place in a bucket of cold water.
  • Go to organised events with your family.
  • Stand at least 5 metres away from fireworks.

The children were great answering questions in the quiz and we are sure they will be able to keep themselves and others safe, this bonfire night.

Backhouse Park

We went on an autumn walk to Backhouse Park to look for seasonal changes. We noticed that the leaves had changed colour and were beginning to fall from the trees. We went on a scavenger hunt and collected lots of leaves, twigs and conkers.

We followed instructions carefully, to catch a gingerbread man and we caught him!

We created artwork, when we got back to school, using the objects we had collected. We also stopped off to play in the park. It was lots of fun!

Dentist Visit

The dentist came to visit us at school this week. Some of us were chosen, to have our teeth checked. We were given goody bags as we were so well behaved and listened carefully to instructions. Did you know you have to brush your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes?

National Poetry Day

We celebrated National Poetry Day, by learning about riddles and writing our own riddles about characters from traditional tales. We have listened to and enjoyed many poems. We have learnt about rhyme and have enjoyed playing rhyming games. What was your favourite poem?

Billy Goats Gruff

Our new topic is Traditional Tales,  we have read the story, ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. We have enjoyed listening to and joining in with the predictable phrases in the story. We loved acting it out in the small world area so much we wanted to make some of our own story scenes. We worked really hard thinking about the materials we would use and loved making the puppet characters from the story.


In art, we have been looking at the artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. He was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of such objects as fruits, vegetables, flowers and fish. We talked about some of his work and then created some of our own art work in the style of his. It was lots of fun making faces using fruit and vegetables. 

Roald Dahl Day

On Friday 13th September, we celebrated Roald Dahl Day. We looked at lots of books that he wrote and read ‘The Enormous Crocodile’. We acted out parts of the story, using puppets that we made. We also practised our cutting skills, making our own enormous crocodiles with lots of sharp teeth, made a wanted poster and designed a meal for the crocodile.

Travelling by Tuba

Travelling by Tuba came into school to share with us some of their really interesting instruments. We enjoyed playing some of them and hearing the unusual sounds they made. We enjoyed taking part in the parade.