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

SAFC Foundation of Light

The children taking part in the 'Read and Write Army' launch event at the Stadium of Light.


Our 'Read And Write Army' sessions are currently taking place on a Thursday evening after school. The course lasts for 12 weeks for 10 children (currently year 4) and is delivered by the excellent Phil Cowler from the Foundation Of Light. Click on the photos below to scroll through them.

The Foundation of Light provides Highfield with high quality PPA (Planning Preparation and assessment) cover for years 2 to 5.  During the sessions the children learn about healthy life styles, sportsmanship, teamwork and diversity.  Sessions begin in the classroom and also involve some physical activity.


Highfield is developing their partnership with Improving Futures, part of the Foundation of Light, and there are many exciting projects coming up in the next few weeks.

Family Learning: Monday's 1pm to 3pm.  Still a couple of places left, see Mr Nicholson if you would like a spot.

If you would like to learn more about the Foundation of Light visit Find out what's happening at your club.

Below is information regarding the 'Improving Futures' project with which Highfield are currently working in conjunction with the Foundation of Light.

CALLING GRASSROOTS AND YOUTH TEAMS: Bookings are now being taken for Matchday Experiences for the 2014/2015 Barclays Premier League season giving youngsters an unforgettable day out including coaching, Stadium of Light tour, tickets to a match and more. Ideal for developing football skills, motivating players and building team spirit, further details can be found here.

ROLL UP FOR FASHION SHOW: Foundation of Light’s flagship Fashion Strikes event is returning 24th November with a special Circus theme. With support from intuMetrocentre, Fashion Strikes will feature members of the SAFC first team in a fantastic catwalk show as part of a spectacular evening’s entertainment. For booking information click here.

TEENAGERS WANTED:Foundation of Light is looking for teenagers aged 16-19 year olds to take part in the ‘Back on Track Study Programme’ which bridges the gap between school and the world of work.  Qualifications, skills and work experience are all developed in this highly successful programme.  To find out how to sign up click here.

BOOK YOUR GREAT NORTH RUN PLACE: Jealous of those taking part in this month’s Great North Run? Guarantee your place in next year’s event by registering to run for Foundation of Light now. Call 0191 551 5351 or email for more information.

KEEP UP TO DATE:To keep up to date with all the latest news, events, achievements and more from Foundation of Light, visit our website or follow us on Twitter @SAFCFoL