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.


28th March 2014: KS3 Mixed Media Art WorkshopsToot Hill School

Don't forget KS3 Mixed Media workshops with Mrs Solly start next Wednesday so make sure that you have handed in your consent form by Tuesday at the latest. The first workshop will take place in AR2, on Wednesday from 3.30pm-4.30pm

26th March 2014: Book Fair SuccessToot Hill School

The Book Fair, held from Wednesday 12th March to Thursday 20th March, was a resounding success. The students had over 250 titles to choose from, including all their favourite authors; Robert Muchamore, David Walliams, Malorie Blackman and many more.  Book sales, including stationery and posters, amounted to a massive £2293.49. With commission and Learning Lounge spend, it will enable us to put over £1700.00 worth of new and exciting titles into the Learning Lounge in the Summer/Autumn Term. It gave great pleasure to see so many students revelling in books!

A HUGE thank you to all staff, students, parents, grandparents etc. who supported the fair, contributing to its massive success. Also, a BIG thank you to all our Student Librarians and College students, who gave up their own time to help. Ms Marris and I could not have done it without you!

Keep Calm and Read!

25th March 2014: Computing ClubToot Hill School

Computing club is on every Tuesday after school in PC3 with Mrs Chahal.  We are currently creating our very own 'Flappy Birds' game in Scratch. With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations - and share your creations with others in the online community. The ability to code computer programs is an important part of literacy in today’s society. When people learn to code in Scratch, they learn important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas.

Next week we are going to start working with 'Green Foot'. Green Foot is another programming application that teaches object orientation with Java. Create 'actors' which live in 'worlds' to build games, simulations, and other graphical programs.

Interested? Come along every Tuesday and join in with the fun!! 

Mrs H Chahal

25th March 2014: Year 11 Students cook up a storm at Jubilee CampusNUSA

Year 11 Hospitality students recently teamed up with Nottingham City Homes and student ambassadors from the University of Nottingham, to create a culinary banquet for thirty VIP guests at Jubilee Campus. The event on Saturday 22nd March at Cafe Aspire, saw the student group, along with support from NUSA staff, play host to university representatives, local councillors and personal family guests.

The aim of the project was to learn and develop PR skills, in addition to the other aims around teamwork, communication and improving their cooking skills. Six NUSA students along with five University students met over a series of three weeks in the NUSA Training kitchens to develop and test a menu, considering costings, cooking methods and presentation skills.

Special thanks must go to Helen King, NUSA Hospitality Teacher and Kirsty McKeown and Michaela Cockayne of Nottingham City Homes for their input and continued support throughout the project.

25th March 2014: Students Deliver a VerdictNUSA

Eleven Year 10 students attended a mock criminal law trial at the University of Nottingham last week, playing the role of the jury in a fictitious ABH case.

The mock case, which was written and played out by law students at the university, was held in the Coveney Library inside Lincoln Hall at the University Park campus.

After spending an hour listening to arguments put forward by both the Prosecution and the Defence, the Year 10 students took ten minutes out for deliberation.

Having returned to the courtroom, Professor Di Birch who was playing the role of the judge, asked if the jury had reached a decision. On this occasion, based purely upon the facts that had been presented to them, the jury handed down a guilty verdict.

24th March 2014: Whole Staff Training on Autism AwarenessToot Hill School

In advance of World Autism Awareness Day on Wednesday 2nd April, training sessions hosted by Learning Support ran for all staff to raise the profile of ASD students at Toot Hill School. The following video was used as part of the training. http://youtu.be/d4G0HTIUBlI

24th March 2014: Year 9 Foundation Learning Students Plant Trees at Farm EcoToot Hill School

Mrs Kitchener (KS4 Support Co-ordinator) took four students along to Farm Eco at Screveton last month to plant hundreds of tree saplings in a bid to reduce the need for pesticides by creating greater natural habitat for birds. The increase in bird population would reduce insects on the farm, and therefore result in less crop spoilage.

As a reward, in the afternoon the students were treated to pizza making (and eating) in the centre kitchen, which they really enjoyed.

Whilst at Screveton, we teamed up with another group of students from Rushcliffe school, who we had previously met whilst completing their Animal Care Course at Stonebridge City Farm. This is the second year that we have collaborated with Rushcliffe on projects such as these and it has proved to be extremely beneficial to the students both socially and behaviourally.

24th March 2014: GCSE Performing Arts Practical Exam Toot Hill School

Students produced some outstanding work and yet again we were amazed by the depth, quality and skill displayed by the actors and technicians.

The Drama Department staff would like to thank everyone for all their hard work.

21st March 2014: Pupils Speak OutNUSA

Year 7 students represented NUSA at the termly Educational Improvement Partnership (EIP) Pupil Council meeting on Wednesday 19th March. The students were joined by representatives from NUSA’s network of local primary schools, which included Melbury, Firbeck, Brocklewood, Portland and Djanogly Strelley.

The main item on the agenda was the Bilborough Community Newsletter, which pupils have supported by producing articles and photos for the last edition. The group were introduced to Maggie Burrows and student Holly from Bilborough College who are seeking articles for the next edition.

In the latter stages of the meeting NUSA pupils became interviewees as the local primary school children questioned them on their experiences of the academy. These interviews will be written up and included in the next newsletter. Further articles to be included in the newsletter include stories relating to local Scout & Brownie packs; Sport Relief; Macmillan fundraiser  the EIP Basketball competition/players and a record-breaking bid at Djanogly Strelley.

18th March 2014: Year 8 Art Exhibition tomorrow!Toot Hill School

Year 8 Art Exhibition on all day in the Staff Training Centre on Tutor Review Day! Please come along!


  • 4th Apr 2014: Students who take part in #GlobalChef prepared a #tasty #Japanese evening for staff #afterschool! #Enrichment http://t.co/Mt9B9Al94K
  • 2nd Apr 2014: Cake sale Thursday 3rd April 12pm onwards over both lunchtimes. Everything 50p. In Aid of World Challenge.
  • 1st Apr 2014: We're looking forward to our Year 6 MasterChef Activity Day and Family Art Day on Monday! Should be lots of fun!
  • 1st Apr 2014: A reminder to parents that the #Year10 #ParentsEvening is taking place tomorrow (Wednesday 2nd April) from 4pm at NUSA.
  • 1st Apr 2014: Regrettably our Year 7s Disco that was taking place tomorrow night (Wed 2 April) has been CANCELLED.
  • 1st Apr 2014: Great time of the year at NUSA where the pupils are rewarded for their good behaviour in year group assemblies #goodeggs
  • 26th Mar 2014: Years 7's keen to get started with the Access Debating programme at the impressive DICe Building #NTU #anticipation http://t.co/jkGFDNJyNv
  • 25th Mar 2014: A reminder that Toot Hill School will not be open tomorrow Wed 26 March for Yrs 7,8,9 and 10. We apologise for any inconvenience.
  • 24th Mar 2014: GCSE PE: well done to the year 11 hill walkers who camped out this weekend #freezing!
  • 24th Mar 2014: GCSE DANCE: practical performance is now complete, well done year 11! #nutcracker

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.

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

Head of History - Closing Date: 22/04/14 (4 days to go)

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Toot Hill School

Teacher of Art - Closing Date: 22/04/14 (4 days to go)

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Toot Hill School

Head of Biology - Closing Date: 22/04/14 (4 days to go)

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Toot Hill School

Teacher of English - Closing Date: 23/04/14 (5 days to go)

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Toot Hill School

Catering Assistant - Closing Date: 25/04/14 (7 days to go)

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Toot Hill School

Assisant Cook - Closing Date: 25/04/14 (7 days to go)

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Meden School

Head of School - Closing Date: 28/04/14 (10 days to go)

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Meden School

Midday Supervisor - Closing Date: 01/05/14 (13 days to go)

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Contact Us

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

01949 863 053