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 te 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





Fordfield Road, Sunderland, Tyne And Wear, SR4 0DA

01915 537655

Highfield Academy

School Opening Times

School Opening Times and Directions To Highfield


Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 begin school at 8:50 am when the school bell rings.


Children in Key Stage 1 (years 1 and 2) finish at 3:20 pm.

Children in Key Stage 2 (years 3,4,5 and 6) finish at 3:30 pm.


Early Years Foundation Stage ( Nursery and Reception) open their doors for children at 8:30 am.

Morning Nursery children finish at 11:30 am

Reception children finish at 3:20 pm


Afternoon Nursery starts at 12:30 pm and ends at 3:30 pm


Gates open at 8:40 am to the main school yard

No unaccompanied children are to enter school yard. Gates will be locked at 9 am.

Could we please remind everyone that unaccompanied children are not allowed in the school yard before 8.40 am as there will not be a member of staff available to supervise them.



Directions to Highfield from A19 North and South

  • From A19 take exit onto A183 signed City Centre / Chester le Street
  • Follow signs for City Centre
  • Passing Sunderland Echo building on your left travel eastwards into City Centre along A183 for approximately 1 mile, crossing 3 roundabouts.
  • At 4th roundabout turn left onto Holborn Road
  • Continue along Holborn Road for half a mile
  • Continue over roundabout with Red Robin pub on your left.
  • 250 yards along Front Street and turn left onto Fordfield Road.
  • The main entrance to the school is just on your right.
  • when you enter the drive follow the road to the right and please feel free to use the staff car park.
  • All visitors are required to sign in at reception.