Welcome

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.

News

31st January 2015: Maths MockMeden School

All year 11 students will be sitting two mock papers week commencing 9th February. For both they will require a pen, pencil, ruler, protractor and compasses. For the second paper they will also need to bring with them a scientific calculator. Equipment will not be provided, it is expected that they will arrive to the exam fully prepared. Any student wishing to purchase equipment before the exam should do so before Monday at the finance office.

30th January 2015: Students from Meden School Qualify for the Regional Sportshall Finals!Meden School

After months of hard work and training outside of school at Sutton Harriers Athletics Club, three dedicated and talented students from Meden School have been selected to represent Nottinghamshire in the Sportshall Regional finals at Grantham on 15th Feb 2015. Students will be competing in various activities in order to battle for that first placing.

The events students will compete in are:

Sam: 2 lap, Relay, long jump and speed bounce.

Will: Relay, Obstacle Relay and speed bounce.

Sadie: 2 lap, Relay, Vertical jump and shot.

 

Congratulations to Sadie Bradley, Sam Fairweather and Will Fairweather for being selected and all of the staff and pupils here at Meden School wish you the very best of luck!

28th January 2015: Djanogly enters the UK Maths ChallengeDjanogly City Academy

On February 5th 60 of our very best students from years 10 and 11 will go up against the very best young mathematicians from across the UK. The UK maths challenge is a nationwide competition for students in years 9-11 designed to showcase mathematical thinking and problem solving. Our students are raring to go and Mr Woolaston and Mr Jeffries can’t wait for the results to come in. Good luck!

28th January 2015: Djanogly Win Silver!Djanogly City Academy

Djanogly students achieved a silver medal at the City Schools Urban Hockey Championships. These were hosted in our Sherwood Rise Campus Sports Hall on Tuesday 27th January. Congratulations to all the students that took part.

A huge well done to our Year 10 Sports Leaders who organised, officiated and scored the entire tournament.

28th January 2015: World Book Day Competition!Toot Hill School

World Book Day is on Thursday 5th March 2015.  Of course, the Learning Lounge will be 'getting into the spirit' and dressing up...and it's the FIRST day of our Scholastic Book Fair too.

Here's an opportunity to put your creative head on.  Click on the link below and have a go:

http://worldbookday.com/competitions/token/

 

27th January 2015: Year 12 Rivers field workMeden School

A reminder to year 12 geographers to come prepared to next week's double as we will be conducting our own rivers field work.

27th January 2015: Top scores in Year 10 GeographyMeden School

Well done to Mason Hartshorn for achieving an A* in his PC2 geography exam paper.

27th January 2015: Top scores in Year 9 GeographyMeden School

Well done to Josh Pearson for achieving an A grade in his PC2 geography exam paper.

27th January 2015: Controlled AssessmentMeden School

Calling all year 11 geographers who are yet to complete their controlled assessment the deadline is the 13th Feb - after school, lunch time and weds P7 slots are there to help.

27th January 2015: Year 11 after school revision sessionsMeden School

Remember year 11 geographers that Wednesday after school there are revision sessions in B13.

Look at the timetable below to see what sessions we are running:

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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

NUSA

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.

NUAST

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

Nottingham Free School

Teacher of Humanities (History or Geography) - Closing Date: 02/02/15 (1 day to go)

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Nottingham Free School

Teacher of Music - Closing Date: 02/02/15 (1 day to go)

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Nottingham Free School

Lead Teacher of English - Closing Date: 02/02/15 (1 day to go)

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Nottingham Free School

Teacher of Mathematics - Closing Date: 02/02/15 (1 day to go)

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Nottingham Free School

Teacher of Design Technology and Enterprise - Closing Date: 02/02/15 (1 day to go)

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Nottingham Free School

Teacher of Science (Biology or Chemistry) - Closing Date: 02/02/15 (1 day to go)

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NUAST

Business Studies Teacher Part Time - Closing Date: 02/02/15 (1 day to go)

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NUAST

Head of Humanities - Closing Date: 02/02/15 (1 day to go)

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NUAST

Chemistry Teacher - Closing Date: 02/02/15 (1 day to go)

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NUAST

Head of Chemistry - Closing Date: 02/02/15 (1 day to go)

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NUAST

Physics Teacher - Closing Date: 02/02/15 (1 day to go)

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NUAST

ICT and Computing Teacher - Closing Date: 02/02/15 (1 day to go)

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NUAST

English Teacher Part Time - Closing Date: 02/02/15 (1 day to go)

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NUAST

Head of English - Closing Date: 02/02/15 (1 day to go)

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NUAST

Maths Teacher Part Time - Closing Date: 02/02/15 (1 day to go)

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NUAST

Second in Maths - Closing Date: 02/02/15 (1 day to go)

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NUAST

Head of Maths - Closing Date: 02/02/15 (1 day to go)

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NUAST

Design and Technology Teacher Part Time - Closing Date: 02/02/15 (1 day to go)

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NUAST

Design and Technology Teacher - Closing Date: 02/02/15 (1 day to go)

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NUAST

Head of Engineering and Design - Closing Date: 02/02/15 (1 day to go)

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Toot Hill School

Geography - Teacher of - Closing Date: 03/02/15 (2 days to go)

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Meden School

Lead Teacher of Art - Closing Date: 04/02/15 (3 days to go)

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Toot Hill School

Maths - Lead Teacher of - Closing Date: 05/02/15 (4 days to go)

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Toot Hill School

Chef - Closing Date: 06/02/15 (5 days to go)

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NUSA

Assistant Head of Year - Closing Date: 06/02/15 (5 days to go)

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Toot Hill School

History - Teacher of - Closing Date: 10/02/15 (9 days to go)

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Toot Hill School

English - Teacher of - Closing Date: 11/02/15 (10 days to go)

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Toot Hill School

English - Performance Director (Head of) - Closing Date: 11/02/15 (10 days to go)

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Meden School

Receptionist/Admin Assistant (Maternity Cover) - Closing Date: 12/02/15 (11 days to go)

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Toot Hill School

Law - Teacher of - Closing Date: 03/03/15 (30 days to go)

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Toot Hill School

Maths - Performance Director (Head of) - Associate SLT - Closing Date: 10/03/15 (37 days to go)

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Toot Hill School

Food - Teacher of - Closing Date: 17/03/15 (44 days to go)

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Meden School

Relief Cleaner - Closing Date: 01/07/15 (150 days to go)

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Meden School

Midday Supervisor - Closing Date: 01/07/15 (150 days to go)

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NUSA

Exam Invigilator - Closing Date: 31/08/15 (211 days to go)

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Contact Us

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

01949 863 053