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

Mountain Rescue Royalty.

We were lucky to be visited by Al Sylvester who is  well known for his role as an RAF Mountain rescue  Service Team Leader. During his career, which spanned two decades, Al was involved in over 400 mountain rescues! He assisted casualties including a three year old boy who had gone hunting for dinosaurs up a mountain and an 81 year old gentleman who found himself in a sticky situation.

We carried out our very own search and rescue operation (Operation Chocolate Eclair.) Team work was key to our success in searching for the sweets and discovering, and rescuing our casualty. First aid was given and a rope stretcher was used to carry the injured party to a safe location.

The wind in the mountains can be harsh and bitterly cold, we had the opportunity to build shelters that would protect us from the elements, and hopefully save us from hypothermia or even frost bite!

This was a unique and exciting learning opportunity which we all enjoyed greatly.

Sporting Stars!

This week some of  us took part in a dodgeball tournament at Silksworth Sports  Complex along with other local primary schools.

We had lots of fun taking part  and although we didn’t win on this occasion we demonstrated  great resilience and true sportsmanship.

Celebrating World Children’s Day.

This year World Children’s day is extra special as it marks the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. We celebrated the day with a special year group assembly which was led by our Rights Respecting Champions, Gracie and Layla. We each made a bunting flag showing one of the rights to be displayed around school.


Do you know your Dragons?!

In English we have been reading ‘How to Train your Dragon’, which fits in nicely with our Vikings topic. We have read about and researched various species (who knew there were so many!) We then used the information to write non-chronological reports and some of us even used a combination of characteristics from several dragons to create our very own species. Here are some fiercely fabulous examples.


Out of this World!

Our Science topic this half-term is Space and we have been learning about the planets that make up our Solar System. In class, we have created cosmic posters that show the order of the planets from the sun. We discovered that there actually used to be nine planets, however, poor Pluto was deemed to be too small to be counted and is now classed as a dwarf planet. We have also had some spectacular homework this half term that is now on display in our classrooms! Here are some shining examples.



Viking Feast! 

The Vikings are coming and they’re hungry! Luckily we have chefs in our classroom each week who are teaching us about some Viking favourites and how to prepare them. Fish and seafood was on the menu this week. They demonstrated how to fillet a mackerel, and some of us helped to prepare mussels and langoustines. A few of us were a little apprehensive about trying new things but we found that we actually really enjoyed them. We can’t wait to see what will be served up for us next!

Fantastic Gymnastics!

We are lucky enough to have a gymnastics coach working with us this half-term. We have been learning some tricky balances, including symmetrical, asymmetrical and counter balances with a partner. We then introduced rolls into our sequences and performed them for the class. We look forward to developing our skills further and learning new ones along the way. These photos show how far we have come already.