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

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Valley Road Academy

Spring 2020

Al Sylvester Visit

Year 6 interviewed Al Sylvester about his expedition to the South Pole.  Al was an entertaining and inspirational speaker, who the children really enjoyed talking to.  Al is renowned for his exceptional leadership and motivational skills that he has utilised while leading the Royal Air Force's first unsupported attempt on the South Pole.  As a team leader within the RAF's Mountain Rescue Service he was actively involved with over 400 operational rescues.  During his presentation the children learnt about the skills of team building, leadership and the mental resilience required to succeed in extreme hostile and arduous environments. 

Design and Technology

In D & T, year 6 made memory cushions that demonstrate what matters most to us and what we aspire to be in the future. One side of each cushion shows symbolises of fondest memories, past and present. The other side symbolises our hopes and dreams for the future.


Life Centre Scaling

Year 6 worked with the Life Centre.  During this workshop we describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics, based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals. 

We looked at fossils to help recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide us with information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago.  Using this evidence, we placed different species onto a time line.  We looked at fossilised dinosaur teeth and used information discovered to investigate what the teeth told us about that particular dinosaur’s diet- carnivore, herbivore or omnivore.

Using scaled models of dinosaur skulls, we were able to calculate the actual size of the dinosaur.  As they were so large, we needed to complete our measurements in the corridor at school.

Life Centre - Dinosaurs

Year 6 have recently spent the day with the Life Centre learning about Dinosaurs. We created timelines and looked at fossils. We also investigated and made comparisons between the sizes humans and dinosaurs.


Some of our Year 6 pupils have recently written a narrative story, using the film Alma as a stimulus. We have drafted, edited and improved our writing. We are proud of the final published pieces.

Read this if you dare...
You may never look at a doll in the same way again...
Well done to Ava in year 6.