An Inclusive Multi-Academy Trust

The Torch Academy Gateway Trust is a dynamic and growing MAT Group based in the East Midlands. Our Trust Group is committed to providing high quality education to all of our students, regardless of their backgrounds. Our track record demonstrates our ability to deliver our core goal, achievement for every child. Our portfolio of schools includes both secondary and primary schools, working in a range of contexts. In addition we founded the Torch Teaching School Alliance, which links 23 schools together sharing effective practice and developing new models for staff development.


21st August 2014: Best ever GCSE resultsToot Hill School

Toot Hill School in Bingham, Nottinghamshire is pleased to announce its best ever GCSE results.

84% of students have achieved 5+ A*-C including English and maths and for the 5th year running 100% of students have achieved 5+ A*-C. Toot Hill has surpassed its previous high of 81%.

Ash Rahman, Head of School responded:

"These results are a direct result of the hard work and perseverance shown by our students and staff over the last 5 years. With more rigorous grade boundaries, changes to controlled assessments and no opportunity to re-sit exams, these results are a significant achievement and every one of our students should be immensely proud of their achievements.

I would also like to thank our teaching and support staff for their intelligent and tireless commitment to our students, both during lessons and in the wider opportunities they provide students outside of normal lessons.

Sandy Paley, School Leader for Achievement added:

"These results are the product of the work ethic, maturity and commitment that typify Toot Hill students. I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate every one of our students but also to thank our parents for their continued support and help."

High achievers included Alice Booth, Charley Bushen, twins Lucy and Andrew Scholl, Tom Lark, Alex Moscrop, Rebecca Nock, Alex Riely, Tom Ward, Abbie Hayles, Will Talbot and twins Charlotte and Victoria Hajduk.

21st August 2014: Another year of very strong results at GCSEMeden School

Meden School in Market Warsop is pleased to announce another year of very strong results. 59% of students secured A*-C including English and Maths, building on the excellent A Level results announced a week earlier.

Head of School, Janet Brashaw responded:

"These results are a pleasing conclusion to a busy year at Meden school. With Ofsted judging the school 'Good' in its recent inspection these results underline the massive improvements the school has made over the last three years.

I am delighted for the students and staff who have worked so hard to prepare for these exams and I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents, carers and the wider community for their continued support.

Despite Meden's success this year we will not rest on our laurels.  We will continue to strive to make Meden an outstanding school for the community it serves."

John Tomasevic, CEO of the Torch Academy Gateway Trust added:

"Meden School has made a remarkable journey over the last three years and these results reflect the hard work and commitment of students and staff. I would like to offer my congratulations to both the GCSE and A Level students and wish them the very best for the future."

Top performers included:

  • Robyn Aldred-Hill: 11 A*/A
  • Leanne Myatt: 11 A*/A
  • Libby Roberts: Despite having multiple operations Libby has maintained excellent attendance against the odds.  She is an active member of school council and has always had a positive outlook no matter how difficult things have been. She has secured an excellent set of results.

21st August 2014: Significant improvement in GCSE exam performance at NUSANUSA

The Nottingham University Samworth Academy is pleased to announce a significant improvement in GCSE exam performance this summer.

NUSA students have achieved 40% 5+ A*-C including English and Maths, an increase of 8% on the 2013 figures.  This result is particularly pleasing given the changes to controlled assessments and single entry exams that have been introduced this year.

Head of School at NUSA, Mark Watts commented:

"These results are great news for the pupils and parents who have put their faith in NUSA over the last year.  Since entering 'Special Measures', students and staff have worked together to change the culture and ethos of the academy.

These GCSE results, combined with last weeks A Level results, show that NUSA is on the right track.  Despite this good news, we recognise that we still have a great deal of work to do to ensure that NUSA is an academy that fully realises the potential of its students and the local community."

Professor Alan Ford, Pro-vice Chancellor of the University of Nottingham responded.

"As co-sponsors of NUSA, the University of Nottingham is delighted with the improvements that have been made at the academy over the course of this year.  Students and staff have responded magnificently to the challenges they have faced and these results are a positive step forward.  We now look forward to NUSA building on this initial achievement over the coming months and years."

Sir David Samworth, co-sponsor added:

I have been very encouraged by the developments at NUSA this year.  The partnership with the Torch Academy Gateway Trust is now beginning to bear fruit, allowing NUSA to begin to fulfil the original vision and aspiration of the sponsors."

John Tomasevic, CEO of the Torch Academy Gateway Trust stated:

"Since beginning our partnership with NUSA in the Autumn of 2013 our team has worked very hard to ensure that student achievement is a key focus in the academy. These results show that this work has begun to take root and will allow us to further develop every aspect of teaching and learning over the coming years.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank students, staff and parents for all their hard work."

This is the first cohort that has attended NUSA from year 7.  Some notable results:

  • James Walker: 12 A*s and an 2 As - writes poetry and wants to be a doctor.
  • Ellie Simpson: 12 A*-C
  • Sheheryar Khan: 15 A*-B
  • Brigitte Solomon: 11 A*-C Including triple science
  • Rebecca Yik: 12 A*-C and Chinese A Level Grade A

14th August 2014: Toot Hill College achieves best ever A level resultsToot Hill School

Toot Hill College is pleased to announce its best ever A Level results.  With a 100% pass rate and 86% of students gaining an A* to C, these results continue the College's outstanding track record of providing both A Level and vocational qualifications.

Toot Hill College has also seen a significant increase in the number of students securing an A* or As.  This figure has risen from 34% to 38% and is a testament to the hard work of students.

Karen Strachan, Head of College stated:

"These results are a direct reflection of the hard work and commitment students and staff have put in over the last two years.  Yet again Toot Hill College students will be attending some of the very best Universities in the country and accessing some of the most competitive and challenging academic fields.

These results also provide our students with the qualifications needed to secure apprenticeships and further training in an increasingly competitive employment market."

Ash Rahman, Head of School added:

"Yet again we are immensely proud of our student's achievements. We have so many individual stories of success and all of them have hard work, perseverance and commitment at their centre. Congratulations to all students involved.

We wish all our students continued success as they go out into the wider world and will watch their future careers with pride."

These excellent results are a fitting start as Toot Hill College moves into a new, purpose built facility in September.  This new building will provide college students with new teaching, catering and study facilities.

John Tomasevic, CEO of the Torch Academy Gateway Trust commented:

"Our new building will provide our students with the very best facilities. This investment in Toot Hill School is part of our continued drive to provide outstanding education provision for Bingham and the surrounding areas."

Student Profiles:

Alex Allison secured four A* grades in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and History and has secured a place at Oxford University reading Physics. In total Alex has completed an astonishing 24 qualifications during his seven years at Toot Hill School.

Amelia Scholl (Sheffield) and Sam Murray (Hull York) have both been accepted to study Medicine.

  • Alex Allison: A* A* A* A*
  • Ella Bull: A* A* A
  • Jack Craig: A* A* A* A
  • Ben Mercer: A* A A B
  • Sam Murray: A* A* A
  • Nick Pitsillos: A* A* A*
  • Amelia Scholl: A* A A
  • Alicia Saccoh: A* A A
  • Luke Shaw: A* A* A A
  • Amelia Scholl: A* A A
  • Srah Strachan: A* A A
  • Aisha Vadher: A* A A
  • Laura Verner: A* A* A
  • Kate Winfield: A* A* A*
  • Peter Woodward: A* A A A


  • A*-A: 2013 34%, 2014 38%
  • A*-C: 2013 85%, 2014 86%
  • A*-E: 2013 100%, 2014 100%

14th August 2014: Meden College celebrating another year of excellent A level resultsMeden School

Meden College in Market Warsop is celebrating another year of excellent A level results. For the 3rd year in succession the college achieved a 100% pass rate with 70% of students gaining an A* to C. Students achieving an A* or A grade increased from 5% to 10%.

In the recent Ofsted inspection, teaching at Meden College was described as 'good' with 'Year 13 outcomes well above average'.  This summers results reinforce the very high academic standards students achieve at Meden College.

At AS Level Meden college recorded its best ever results. Meden's 94% pass rate was well above the national average of 88% and 70% of students gained an A* to C.

Damien Belshaw, Head of College commented:

"This has been another outstanding set of results for Meden College students who have proved once again that hard work does equal success. As Head of College, I would like to pass my congratulations on to all of the students who received their results today and wish them the best of luck as they continue their studies."

Student A Level interviews:

Kai Williams: ABB (So Py Bi)

Liverpool University to do Psychology

Kai chose to go to Liverpool University after visiting several others. He knew as soon as he visited the place that it was the right University for him.

He is looking forward to going to University as he wants to experience other locations and is keen to leave his home town of Warsop behind him. He is not sure exactly what career he wants to pursue but he has always had a love of Psychology which is why he has chosen to study it further.

I asked Kai what he felt had been the key to him achieving the grades he has and he said he had worked really hard but the fact that he had completed all of the available past papers had been a major contributing factor. The biggest challenge for him had been to continually work hard and complete all his work.

When asked what advice he would give to any student starting their A Levels it would be to work hard and complete all past papers available.

Kai is heading off to Liverpool to start Freshers week on 16th September.


Joe Day: AAB (Ch Ma Ph)

University of Nottingham to study Pharmacy ( 4yr course with a 1 year Integration course)

Joe chose the University of Nottingham because of the quality of the course after attending interviews at Kings College, Birmingham and 2 others.

Joe wants to pursue a career in Pharmacy after completing his course because he is keen to develop a career for himself and to earn lots of money!

Joe feels his key to achieving such good results is the amount of revision he did. He revised long and hard and also began revision quite early. He also managed to achieve a good balance of work and leisure time and he feels this is very important for all students to do during their studies as is important to relax.

Joe's advice to any body studying A Level courses would be to work hard from day 1 and complete lots of past papers and sample questions but also to make sure you find time to relax.‚Äč

14th August 2014: Excellent set of A Level and vocational results this summerNUSA

Nottingham University Samworth Academy is celebrating an excellent set of A Level and vocational results this summer. With a 100% pass rate, A*-A at 46.8% and A* to C at 83.5% these results mark a significant achievement for students and staff.

Mark Watts, Head of school commented:

"These exceptional results are great news for NUSA and its students.  They are the result of a great deal of hard work and provide our students with the very best opportunities for the future.

These results show the improvements that are already taking place at NUSA as we continue to work towards providing the very best education for our students."

14th July 2014: NUAST Press ReleaseNUAST

The Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology (NUAST) is on course to open in September 2014. Initially to be housed in well-equipped facilities on the New College Nottingham campus in Carrington, the main building is on track for scheduled completion in the Autumn.

NUAST has also appointed the Torch Academy Gateway Trust as its educational partner. Tasked with the day-to-day operational management of the academy, the Torch Trust will use their expertise in delivering outstanding academic achievement to ensure that NUAST quickly becomes a top-performing Academy.

To support this process a number of key staff have been appointed to begin work as the academy becomes operational. Harkireet Sohel will become the operational Principal Designate of NUAST, building on the excellent pre-opening work carried out by Ailsa Gough.  Mr Sohel has a wide range of school leadership experience and is a trained Ofsted inspector.  He will be supported by Mark Henshaw who has been appointed as Vice Principal.  Mr Henshaw, who has leadership experience in a University Technical College, will lead on the academy specialisms.

Key industry partners such as Toshiba, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, XMA and Experian have been involved in supporting NUAST from its inception. Industry involvement will give NUAST students direct links with these partners who will provide exciting opportunities for business challenges, mentoring and workplace visits/experiences.

John Tomasevic, CEO of the Torch Academy Gateway Trust said:

“Being involved in the Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology is a unique opportunity to bring a new and much needed educational provision to Nottingham and the surrounding area.  NUAST will provide the opportunity for young scientists, engineers and computer scientists to pursue their aspirations in world-class educational facilities with specialist teachers.

With such strong links to the University of Nottingham and our industry partners, students who attend NUAST will have the very best chance of securing a technical or scientific career in their specialist area.”

NUAST continues to be sponsored by the University of Nottingham and the Djanogly Learning Trust.

Professor Sarah O’Hara, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic Planning at the University of Nottingham said:

“NUAST will provide opportunities for 14-19 year olds to benefit from the world-class teaching and research of leading academics in engineering and technology at the University of Nottingham. This is part of our continued engagement with the business community, and our ongoing commitment to the economic success of Nottingham and the wider region.”

Ron Kenyon, Chairman of the Djanogly Learning Trust stated:

“NUAST is a brand new and exciting choice for young people in Nottingham and the surrounding area that will improve their chances of getting a job or going onto university. The curriculum will have major input from employers to enable young people to gain a combination of traditional academic qualifications and specialist skills for industry. We welcome the support from Torch Academy Gateway Trust in getting this innovative facility off the ground.”

Building work at the Dunkirk roundabout continues apace. Construction company BAM have made excellent progress on the build with an anticipated completion date well within a year of laying the first foundations.

In response to the building, Harkireet Sohel, Principal said: 

“I am so excited to be opening an academy in such an iconic, landmark building. We anticipate a gradual move into the building over the autumn term to ensure that everything is in place to deliver our unique curriculum.”

The Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology is set to provide a much-needed educational focus on science, engineering and computing for the young people of Nottingham and the surrounding area.  Places are still available for Year 10 and Year 12 September enrolment.

14th July 2014: NUAST Joins the Splendour Festival Line-UpNUAST

If you are going to be at Wollaton Park for Splendour Festival this Saturday (19th July) then drop by and say hello to the NUAST team on their stand. You'll be able to take part in some fun hands-on science activities, including our Marshmallow Tower challenge and ask any questions you have about what NUAST has to offer.

13th July 2014: Student Induction EventNUAST

NUAST is holding an induction event for all new Year 10 and Year 12 students.

8th July 2014: James Copeland triumphs in UKMT Junior Mathematical OlympiadToot Hill School

James achieved a distinction in the UKMT Junior Mathematical Olympiad, together with a Bronze medal for answering 2 questions excellently.

Mr Ritzmann (Lead Teacher for Gifted and talented in Mathematics) presented James his award in the Year 7 assembly this morning.


Our Trust

Meet Our Team

John Tomasevic

Trust Director
CEO Torch Academy Gateway Trust

John is a National Leader of Education and serves on the DfE Headteacher Reference Group. He led Toot Hill School from a 'satisfactory' Ofsted judgment in 2004, to 'good' in 2008 and 'outstanding' in 2011. He has also led a number of wider networks, including Nottinghamshire's 'Good to Outstanding' network. John provides the strategic lead for the TAG Trust and is Executive Headteacher of Toot Hill, Meden and NUSA.

Barrie Thomas

Chair Torch Academy Gateway Trust

Barrie is Chair of the Board of Trustees and has extensive experience of school governance. He was elected as chair of governors at Toot Hill School in 2002 and was responsible for overseeing the conversion of the school to academy status in 2011. Now semi-retired he was Managing Director of a group of companies in the service sector.

Jonathan Taylor

Trust Director
Vice CEO Torch Academy Gateway Trust

Jonathan is currently Vice CEO of the TAG Trust. He has worked in school leadership since 2000 and joined Toot Hill School as Deputy Head in 2007, before his appointment as VICE CEO in September 2012. He led the development of the Torch Teaching School Alliance and is currently project lead for the Nottingham Free School. His areas of expertise include strategic leadership, self-evaluation, pastoral care, staff development and quality assurance.

David Hooker

Trust Director
Head of School, Meden

David is currently Head of School at Meden School. He has transformed Meden School, leading it out of special measures and delivering sustained improvement that saw Meden as one of the 10 most improved schools nationally. He was previously Deputy Head at Toot Hill School. David specialises in school improvement, curriculum development, appraisal and the use of data to drive improvement.

Ashfaq Rahman

Trust Director
Head of School, Toot Hill

Ashfaq is currently Head of School at Toot Hill School. Under his leadership Toot Hill School achieved its best ever examination outcomes, securing results that place Toot Hill in the top 2% of all schools nationally. Previously as Deputy Head at Toot Hill Ashfaq led the achievement agenda, consistently securing results that place Toot Hill as one of the highest achieving schools nationally. Ashfaq specialises in personalized learning, the use of data, school improvement and school standards.

Our Values Outlined

Our values are central to developing a positive ethos throughout our group of schools. This approach is focused on securing success for all our learners and providing them with the very best life opportunities.

We believe nothing is more important than making a difference to children.

We Promote:

  • Trust: All stakeholders work together to realise our vision
  • Integrity: All decisions are based on the best interests of our students
  • Mutual Respect: Ensuring a voice for all stakeholders
  • Empathy: Teaching should be well planned, varied and stimulating
  • Self Improvement: A commitment to supporting the development of our staff, students and wider community

Group Ethos

  • High expectations are essential to raising standards
  • Everyone can succeed
  • Barriers to learning must be challenged and overcome
  • Teaching should be well planned, varied and stimulating
  • Learning should be active, focussed and engaged
  • High standards of behaviour are expected at all times
  • Clear lines of accountability exist at all levels
  • Developing staff and students to engage in effective teaching and learning

Securing Success

Our vision is to build capacity for sustained improvement. There are a number of short term strategies that can be initially used to enhance outcomes but it is out view that these need to be supplemented by a process that transforms a school for long term improvement.

This work is centred on transforming a school using our 'Pillars of Success' improvement model. Transformation is achieved through the combination of a number of changes and improvements to each of these pillars within a school:

  • Leadership
  • CPD
  • Curriculum
  • Learning Organisation
  • Care, Support, Guidance
  • Performance Mangement
  • Tracking and Intervention

Schools in our Trust

Secondary Phase

Toot Hill School

Toot Hill in an 11-18 comprehensive school, serving 1800 students, located in Bingham, Notts. Ofsted evaluated Toot Hill as 'outstanding' in December 2011 praising the school's examination outcomes, curriculum, leadership, behaviour and pastoral systems. Toot Hill runs an extended learning week and operates an innovative 'tiering' system to ensure appropriate stretch and challenge for every child. Toot Hill is the founder school of the TAG Trust and the lead school of the Torch Teaching School Alliance.

Meden School

Meden is an 11-18 comprehensive school of 900 students serving the former mining community of Market Warsop. The TAG Trust formally sponsored Meden in 2012 and has overseen its rapid improvement. Meden was in the top 10 most improved schools nationally in 2012 and this improvement was maintained in 2013.

Nottingham Free School

The Nottingham Free School will open in September 2014, serving the Sherwood, Carrington, Mapperely and Mapperely Park areas of Nottingham. The school will be distinctive, specialising in Arts and Science, and will run an extended school day. Initially opening for just Year 7 the show will grow in size to over 700 when full.

Primary Phase

Birklands School

Birklands joined the TAG Trust on 1st April 2014. It is a feeder primary school to Meden, serving children in Market Warsop. We are very excited at the prospect of supporting out first primary school and will look to establish strong links between the primary and secondary sectors, using expertise from the Torch Teaching School Alliance.

Partnership Schools

Nottingham University Samworth Academy

In November 2013 the TAG Trust entered into a long term partnership support agreement with NUSA. NUSA serves the Bilbourgh area Nottingham, with 800 students on roll. Located in an iconic new building NUSA seeks to raise aspirations and secure high outcomes for students. NUSA works innovatively with its sponsors, the University of Nottingham and the Samworth Trust.

Djanogly City Academy

In April 2014 the Torch Academy Gateway Trust entered into a long term support partnership with the Djanogly City Academy. DCA is situated to the north of Nottingham and serves the communities of Forest Fields and Basford. The aim of the partnership is to improve teaching and learning, ensuring that every pupil realises their full examination potential and secures the very best start in life.

Torch Teaching School Alliance

An Inclusive Teaching School Alliance

The Torch Teaching School Alliance is a partnership of 22 multi-phase schools spread across the East Midlands, based at Toot Hill School, Bingham, who all share a common goal of continuous school improvement through collaboration.

The prime aim of our teaching school alliance can be distilled into two key targets:

  • Improving the quality of teaching in the classroom
  • Raising levels of attainment and progress through all key stages

We warmly invite you to consider joining us to help shape the future of our profession and the lives of the children we serve. We are an open and inclusive Teaching School Alliance welcoming schools from all phases. If you would like to find out more about the Torch Teaching School Alliance use the contact form on this site or alternatively visit our website at www.torchtsa.co.uk.

Jobs and Recruitment

The TAG Trust offers an exciting and dynamic workplace environment. We believe that staff make a difference to children and place staff development at the centre of our strategic planning. All teaching staff are offered the opportunity to complete a funded Masters in Education programme, in partnership with the University of Nottingham. Staff are offered regular training opportunities and we run a series of 'in-house' training schemes to prepare staff for career progression at all levels. The Torch Teaching School alliance offers the opportunity for wider professional networking and opportunities to lead and learn from colleagues working in a diverse range of settings.

Our staff are highly professional, work hard and are appropriately rewarded for doing an excellent job.

Current Vacancies

There are currently no vacancies available within the Torch Academy Gateway Trust.

Contact Us

Torch Academy Gateway Trust
c/o Toot Hill School
The Banks
Nottingham NG13 8BL

01949 863 053