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





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

01915 537655

Highfield Academy

Schemes We Follow

Letters And Sounds


At Highfield we follow the Letters And Sounds Scheme as a foundation to our children's communication skills. Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.


To find out more about the scheme and its principles, click here (Opens document from an external source)


 Oxford Reading Tree


The reading scheme we follow at Highfield is from Oxford Reading Tree.

To visit their website and find out further information about the scheme, Click here, or view this document


For parents wanting to help their children with their literacy and maths, the Oxford Owl website is packed with tips and resources to help.

Mathletics and Spellodrome

Mathletics and Spellodrome are new additions to the programs we use. They give each student their very own personal learning space. It is filled with target curriculum content, as well as engaging games and rewards.

Each child from Y2 to Y6 is registered and can use these programs at home as well as in school. All they need is their login details, which can be obtained from their class teacher.