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

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Summer 2019 Gallery and Work


Science – Planting

In Science, we have been learning about plants. We read Jack and the beanstalk and then followed instructions to plant our very own magical beanstalk.


Alice in wonderland - Outdoor Week 2019


In Art we made pocket watches like the white rabbit had in Alice and Wonderland. We made it for Teddy Bear Grylls so he could learn to tell the time.

We also made little pots, tea cups and tea pots out of clay for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

Ben Lewis Giles

Ben Lewis Giles was a fantasy artist who created artwork using photographs and collage. We visited Mowbray park to see the hidden door in between the trees. We imagined that we were in a wonderland and created our very own art work based on the work of Ben Lewis Giles. Take a look of at some of them below.


In Maths we measured out liquids to create a 'Drink Me' potion for Teddy Bear Grylls.


In literacy we designed and created our own potion. We thought about the magical powers it would give Teddy Bear Grylls.

We used our imagination and went on a walk through Alice's wonderland. We used our senses to think of what we could smell, see and hear.


We created a class pictogram of our favourite characters from Alice in Wonderland.

Obstacle Course

 Teddy Bear Grylls fell down the rabbit hole and we took part in an obstacle course outdoors to help him find his was out. It was great fun!


We followed a map to answer questions about Alice in Wonderland. We then created our own area of a Wonderland in groups. After that we put together our piece of the wonderland into a whole class wonderland.

Den Building

We built a den for Teddy Bear Grylls to use as a shelter whilst he was in the wonderland. We worked in our house teams to see who could build the best shelter.Team work was very important! Team Derwent won! Take a look below at some pictures of us hard at work.

Our Mad Hatter's Lunch

Sports Day 2019


Year 2 visited the Washington Wetlands to find out about different habitats and the animals that live there. 

Take a look at some pictures below!