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.


18th December 2014: Djanogly City Academy: December Ofsted ReportDjanogly City Academy

Djanogly City Academy (DCA) is delighted to announce the outcome of the recent Ofsted monitoring inspection on the 2nd and 3rd of December.

The inspection team were very positive about the changes made by DCA over the last three months stating:

“The new academy leadership team have brought about significant, rapid improvement across the academy. The Principal’s single-minded, resolute drive to secure a good education for all underpins everything they do.”

Ofsted also recognised the significant improvements in securing achievement that have taken place:

“The new academy leadership team have acted swiftly to secure rapid improvements to achievement across the academy. The school day is longer, with more time spent on learning.

Students in Year 11 have taken a ‘mock’ examination, which was externally moderated. This shows that achievement for this year group is now on track to improve strongly.

Progress across the rest of the academy is also improving, because leaders are taking effective action to challenge weak teaching.”

Behaviour has been a key focus for the leadership team at Djanogly and Ofsted noted that:

“Leaders have prioritised improving behaviour, attendance and punctuality, which has had a marked improvement on the atmosphere and culture of the academy. The academy is a calm, orderly environment and students report that incidences of poor behaviour in lessons are now much less common.

Leaders have established high expectations for teachers and students based on a vision of ‘Achievement. No excuses’.

Students follow the academy rules on movement around the corridors. They speak respectfully to each other and to adults. Punctuality at the start of the day has significantly improved.”

Another significant change noted by Ofsted was a real change in the learning culture at the academy.  Ofsted observed:

“Punctuality to lessons and readiness for learning are also high profile and teachers are vigilant in making sure this happens.

The vast majority of students at the academy want to learn and will not tolerate their learning being disrupted by others. They listen well in lessons and respond quickly to instructions from teachers.”

The inspection team concluded that:

“The academy is making reasonable progress towards the removal of special measures.”

David Hooker, Principal of Djanogly City Academy, responded to the report by commenting:

“We are very pleased that this report reflects the changes that have taken place at Djanogly since September. As a school we are totally committed to ensuring the very best education for all our students and to achieve this we need to continue to develop every aspect of the work we do at Djanogly.

Improving a school is a partnership between students, staff, parents and the wider community and the support we have received from everyone involved has been critical to the improvements we have made.  Achievement, behaviour, quality of teaching and attitudes to learning will continue to be our key areas of development over the coming months and years as we work towards making Djanogly City Academy an outstanding school.”


18th December 2014: Djanogly City Academy launches its new websiteDjanogly City Academy

After months of planning and designing, DCA's new website is launched! 

With a fresh, modern design, new images and improved services, our new website will provide students, parents and staff with all the information they need.

More developments will be coming in January so watch this space!

12th December 2014: KS3 Assessment WeekMeden School

During assessment week all year 7 and 8 pupils will sit a science exam. See Mrs Kennedy for revision guides or alternatively use the revision links on this website.

Year 7s will be assessed on: scientific equipment, reproduction, fertilisation, plant and animal cells, states of matter, changing states and the particle model.

Year 8s will be assessed on: metals and non-metals, chemical reactions, combustion, alloys, rusting, displacement reactions, the reactivity series and metal oxides.

12th December 2014: Year 11 coursework dayMeden School

All Year 11 students will be in Science for the day to facilitate them completing their science coursework to the best of their ability.

12th December 2014: Year 10 coursework dayMeden School

All Year 10 students will be in Science for the day to facilitate them completing their science coursework to the best of their ability.

11th December 2014: Discovery House 100% attendance and 0 behaviour pointsMeden School

A huge well done to the following students that have worked hard to secure 100% attendance and 0 behaviour points (1st September - 11th December) and enjoyed a pizza lunch with prizes and Christmas songs this afternoon to thank them for their excellent dedication:

  • Charlotte Barlow
  • Rebecca Birch
  • Dominic Boath
  • Daniel Clay
  • Dylan Constable
  • Bethany Etchells
  • Matthew Evans
  • Amy Gill
  • Chloe Gill
  • Bethany Gray
  • Alex Harrison
  • Cailtin Huges
  • Charlie Oswin
  • Sophie Owen
  • Keeley Parsons
  • Josh Pearson
  • George Revill
  • Tessa Reynolds
  • Lauren Root
  • Bradley Siviter
  • Cerise Spencer
  • Tamzin Stockdale
  • Rhys Temple
  • Sean Temple
  • Millie Watts
  • Chloe Whyle

Enjoy your Christmas, you truly deserve the break. Best wishes from Mr Brown and Miss Wild.

11th December 2014: Discovery achievementsMeden School

Discovery House had their Christmas achievement assembly on Monday and had plenty of achievements to celebrate. 

Here are some highlights of the term:

  • Well done to D7 for scoring the highest attendance for Discovery House this term
  • Congratulations to D10 for being this terms quiz winners
  • A big well done to D2 for attaining the most achievement points this term
  • and finally, a huge thank you to D3 for receiving the lowest amount of behaviour points

A big thank you to all of Discovery House students and staff and Mr Brown and Miss Wild wish you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

9th December 2014: Maths Star StudentsMeden School

After such a fantastic first term, there are many students that deserve to be recognised for their hard work and achievements. Star student nominations are reserved for those students who truly do stand out. Not just for their work ethic or the quality of their classwork; these students have also shown perseverance and resilience when faced with difficult tasks and remained positive. They have made great progress in their own work and are a credit to the school.

The Nominees are:

Year 7

Chloe Wilkins, Asha Sunderland, Astin Briggs, Tessa Reynolds, Carlton Brazier, Jessica Lake

Year 8

Luke Randall, Ellie Machin, Jazmin Draper, Tommy Quick, Abbie Goddard

Year 9

Brettney Hicken, Curtis Doyle, Correy Hampson, Nicole Sandford, Megan Geeson, Thomas Youd, Elizabeth Bousfield

Year 10

Chloe Davidson, Courtney Baines, Mollie Broughton, Zia Shipman

Year 11

Liam Oliver, Amy Davies, Britney Wood, Connor Yates, Amelia Boldero, Anna-Rose Ward, Jenny Dobb

Well done to all.

9th December 2014: Maths RevisionMeden School

With only 17 weeks to go to exams, it is important we make every day count. So in order to assist revision and exam preperation at home, each year 11 student will be provided with an individualised pack this week. This will contain:

  • Their recent mock exam papers
  • Question by question analysis documents
  • Further work on weaknesses identified in the mock exam
  • A Maths Watch disc containing GCSE video clips and worked examples of every topic, along with further worksheets and answers.
  • A further past paper to complete

Maths revision and support is also available after school on a Tuesday and Thursday 3.30-4.30pm.

Should you have any questions please contact Mrs L Glasby.

5th December 2014: University of Nottingham Chemistry visitMeden School

In January 2015 year 12 chemistry will visit the chemistry department at the University of Nottingham to find out where studying chemistry can lead.


  • 18th Dec 2014: Ten lucky students are about to watch a screening of #TheHobbitTheBattleofFiveArmies as a reward for their efforts in #filmclub! #enrichment
  • 18th Dec 2014: Djanogly Ofsted Report, published yesterday, describes "Rapid improvements in achievement across the academy" Well done students and staff!
  • 18th Dec 2014: Welcome to Djanogly City Academy's new Twitter feed.
  • 18th Dec 2014: Results of #REF2014 confirm our place in the top tier of the world's universities for #research http://t.co/uhl0Irb3u7
  • 11th Dec 2014: Superb Christmas Medley performance tonight from the choir, drama group and dancers. Confident performances by all - well done!
  • 11th Dec 2014: Fantastic whole school trip to the Playhouse pantomime yesterday. We had a fabulous time... oh no we didn't...oh yes we did!
  • 10th Dec 2014: The table is set as NUSA Post 16 prepare to invite members of the community in for Christmas lunch. #xmasspirit http://t.co/cuIG2yzJme
  • 9th Dec 2014: Parents of Y7 pupils willing to take part in a discussion about Operation Smoke Storm, please see noticeboard here: http://t.co/quSQkp5wJq
  • 4th Dec 2014: NAO in the building! Thanks for visiting! http://t.co/q1x54vDgGu
  • 4th Dec 2014: Disco fever hit NFS today - well done to the student council for helping to organise. Lots of fun was had by all!

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


Exam Invigilator - Closing Date: 05/01/15 (18 days to go)

Visit NUSA 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