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 2 19 Gallery and Work


Multi Skills

Year One took part in a multi skills afternoon at the Raich Carter. We learnt how to jump, throw, catch and travel. It was good fun learning new skills and we enjoyed meeting new friends too.


Lily- “I liked when I needed to balance on one leg, it was a little tricky though.”


Marnie- “I learnt to throw the ball and balance on one leg.”

Christmas Performance 2019

Well done to all of our KS1 children, who took part in the Christmas performance, “The Sleepy Shepherd”. You were all fantastic!



In winter the weather is very cold, we agreed that hot soup would help to warm us up, especially if we lived in the South Pole. In D&T, we taste tested some vegetables and then designed our own vegetable soup. We learnt to prepare vegetables safely using knives and peelers. We used these vegetables, to make our soup around the fire pit.


Millie said, “The onions hurt my eyes.”

Leona said, “You must be careful when you chop.”



Children in Need

To raise money for Children in Need, we came into school wearing spots and odd socks. We took part in lots of different activities throughout the day and worked in different classrooms. We made masks and bookmarks. We did Pudsey maths and literacy and then exercised by showing off our best Pudsey bear dancing moves. We all took part in a Pudsey daily mile, wearing our masks.

Our Visit to St Ignatius Church

In R.E, we visited St Ignatius Church. While we were there, we found lots of interesting objects, such as a statue, a cross, pictures of Jesus and flowers. We learnt that the lectern is used to put the bible on and pews are special seats to sit on. Father Andrew talked us about Jesus and why Christians visit a church.

Role Play

We have had great fun playing in Winnie's house, writing spells and making potions. Our Christmas Snowbucks has opened and we are enjoying drinking hot chocolate, eating gingerbread men and reading out favourite stories! 
 We have used our small world area to act out the stories of 'Winnie in Winter' and 'Lost and Found'. 

Learning from Home

We were pleased to see lots of lovely learning from home this half term. Come and take a look at some of our fantastic work.