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.


29th September 2014: Aspiring A-A* ClubToot Hill School

For those year 11 pupils who recieved an invitation by post, please get your reply slips to Mrs Solly as soon as you can. These sessions will be taking place in AR2 from 3.30pm-4.30pm on the following evenings:

  • Thursday 9th October 2014
  • Thursday 16th October 2014
  • Thursday 6th November 2014
  • Thursday 20th November 2014

29th September 2014: Collecting CourseworkToot Hill School

As of Tuesday 30th September 2014 students can collect their work from either Art GCSE or various A Levels. Work is stored in AR4. Please come and collect your work at lunchtime or after school.

26th September 2014: Exchange Sign up!Toot Hill School

The signing up period for those interested in going on one of our exchanges has started - download a letter from the website or see an MFL teacher to get a paper copy today! Don't forget to hand your form in ASAP to get your place - they tend to go very quickly!

French Exchange Letter [PDF]

German Exchange Letter [PDF]

Spanish Exchange Letter [PDF]

Going on an exchange may be a daunting idea but they are great fun, you have the opportunity to make lots of new friends, see and do new things and most of all, improve your language skills. They really are the trip of a lifetime!

Find more information about our exchanges on the MFL website, in the exchange letters or ask your MFL teacher.

However, please bear in mind that our French exchange is only open to Year 10s - which means it's an even greater opportunity - you get to be entirely with your year group and it will definitely make your GCSE speaking exams that bit easier!

25th September 2014: Year 7 make it 18-0!Toot Hill School

The Y7 girls won 7-0 on Tuesday in their first game together. Not to be outdone, the boys then beat Magnus 11-0 on Wednesday evening to advanced in to round 2 of the cup. A fantastic start to the year! Well done. 

24th September 2014: What is that new building by the QMC? The Mystery is Solved!NUAST

Contractors were hard at work over the weekend installing a window wrap to the front glass elevation of the new NUAST building on Dunkirk Island near the QMC.

The window wrap provides passers by with all the information they need to find out more about our fantastic new academy.

24th September 2014: Autumn Open Evening dates announcedNUAST

NUAST have announced the dates, times and venues of their autumn Open Evenings.

YEAR 10 Open Evenings will take place on the 15th and 16th of October at the Engineering Science Learning Centre on the University of Nottingham campus.

Both evenings will start at 6.30pm and finish by 8pm.

YEAR 12 Open Evenings will take place on the 4th, 12th and 20th of November at the Engineering Science Learning Centre on the University of Nottingham campus.

All three evenings will start at 6.30pm and finish by 8pm.

To find out more or to book a place please visit www.nuast.org.uk/open

24th September 2014: New Website LaunchedNUAST

NUAST’s new website went live today to coincide with the launch of its schedule of autumn Open Evenings.

The website explores and explains NUAST's unique curriculum and partnerships to new visitors but also provides all the information parents and students need throughout the year.

23rd September 2014: Love languages? Celebrate with us on Friday 26th!Toot Hill School

European Day of Languages: Friday 26th September

  • Learn Dutch, Catalan, Gaelic or Italian in MFL
  • Enter our Y7 and Y8 competitions
  • Eat European food in the canteen
  • Listen to international music
  • Learn in other subjects in a different language
  • Test out your language skills!

22nd September 2014: Word of the WeekToot Hill School

The Learning Lounge 'Word of the Week' is back!

Monday 22nd September is Apocryphal meaning not likely to be true; invented.  

Monday 29th September is Bumptious meaning loud and conceited.  Full of one's own importance.

Amaze your family and friends by using this word in your writing or speaking.  

Improving your vocabulary; Improving English grades!


19th September 2014: Return to the Forbidden PlanetMeden School

Well done to all students who auditioned for the school musical "Return to the Forbidden Planet". The cast list is now up in both the drama and music blocks. All cast members need to attend drama rehearsals on Wednesdays after school and singing lessons every Thursday after school.


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


In November 2013 the TAG Trust entered into a long term partnership support agreement with Nottingham University Samworth Academy. 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.


From September 2014, TAGT will become educational partners at the Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology. Sponsored by The University of Nottingham and Sir Harry Djanogly, NUAST will provide GCSE, BTEC and A Level qualifications in the sciences, computing and engineering.

Housed in a purpose built facility in Dunkirk and supported by local industry, NUAST will provide Nottingham with a much needed specialist provision in academic and vocational education.

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

Toot Hill School

MFL - Spanish - Lead Teacher of - Closing Date: 02/10/14 (2 days to go)

Visit Toot Hill School for more information and an application form.

Toot Hill School

English - Lead Teacher of - Closing Date: 02/10/14 (2 days to go)

Visit Toot Hill School for more information and an application form.

Meden School

School Leader - Achievement - Closing Date: 07/10/14 (7 days to go)

Visit Meden School for more information and an application form.

Meden School

School Leader - Quality Assurance - Closing Date: 07/10/14 (7 days to go)

Visit Meden School for more information and an application form.

Toot Hill School

Art - Teacher of - Textiles Specialism p/t - Closing Date: 08/10/14 (8 days to go)

Visit Toot Hill School for more information and an application form.

Birklands School

Executive Head Teacher - Closing Date: 10/10/14 (10 days to go)

Visit Birklands School for more information and an application form.

Contact Us

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

01949 863 053