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.


27th April 2015: Summer Extracurricular ActivitiesToot Hill School

See the new extracurricular timetable on the PE noticeboard for more information.

27th April 2015: Word of the WeekToot Hill School

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

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

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

Monday 6th October is Capricious; deciding or changing your mind in an impulsive way.

Monday 10th October is Dauntless; brave and determined.

Monday 20th October is Enigmatic; mysterious and puzzling.

Monday 3rd November is Flounce; to enter or leave a place in an impatient and annoyed manner.

Monday 10th November is Goad; to stir or provoke someone into action: to annoy or pester someone deliberately.

Monday 13th November is Heinous; very bad or wicked.

Monday 24th November is Inveigle; to entice someone.

Monday 1st December is Jovial; cheerful and good-humoured.

Monday 8th December is Ken; When something is 'beyond your ken'; when you can't understand it, or have no knowledge of it.

Monday 5th January 2015 is Loquacious; talkative.

Monday 12th January is Moot - A moot point; a question that is undecided or debatable.

Monday 19th January is Natty meaning neat and trim; dapper.

Monday 26th January is Opulent - 1.Wealthy and luxurious and 2. Plentiful and abundant.

Monday 2nd February is Pusillanimous; Timid and cowardly.

Monday 9th February is Quiescent; Inactive and quiet. 

Monday 23rd February is Raucous; Making a loud and harsh noise.

Monday 2nd March is Succinct; Concise; expressed briefly.

Monday 9th March is Tintinnabulation; A ringing or tinkling sound, especially of bells.

Monday 16th March is Unerring; Making no mistake.  

Monday 23rd March is Vicarious; Experienced through the feelings and actions of someone else.

Monday 13th April is Wondrous; Wonderful; marvellous.

Monday 20th April is Xyloid; Relating to or resembling wood.

Monday 27th April is Yearn; To long for something.

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

Improving your vocabulary; Improving English grades!


22nd April 2015: Meden students take part in Sportshall UK FinalsMeden School

After qualifying in the Regional Championships in Grantham in February, 2 of Meden's atheletes are taking part in the Sportshall UK Finals.

Sadie Bradley and Sam Fairweather who both attend Sutton Harriers Athletics Club are to represent the Under 15 girls and the Under 15 boys team for Nottinghamshire in the event on Sunday 26th April in Manchester.

Sadie will be competing in a 2 lap race, vertical high jump, shot and the relay and Sam will be competing in the 2 lap race, speed bounce, standing long jump and the relay.

We would like to wish both students the best of luck in their events!

22nd April 2015: Sainsbury's Active Kids VouchersNUSA

NUSA are now collecting Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers.  If you shop at Sainsbury's, please keep the vouchers given to you at the checkout and send them into school with your child.  There will be a collection box kept on the main reception for vouchers to be posted into.  Let's see how many Team NUSA can save!

21st April 2015: Product Design Revision PacksDjanogly City Academy

Mrs Hall has developed a specialist revision pack for all year 11 GCSE product design students.  These packs will be given out in class and contain a compressed set of notes to support your revision over the coming days and weeks - make sure you get your exam survival kit in class!!

20th April 2015: Summer Art ExhibitionToot Hill School

We are holding our anual Summer Art Exhibition on the 18th June 2015, to celebrate the hard work of our GCSE and A level pupils.

It is a great evening with all of our courses exhibiting work showing the range of specialisms on offer at the school, including Photography, Art and Design and Textiles, as well as drama performances throughout the night from our talented 6th form pupils.

Calling all pupils involved - please return your exhibition letter to your art teacher if you are going to help put up the art exhibition - the experience of helping to set up the exhibition is great for pupils to put on their CV especially if they are interested in continuing with an Art related subject in the future. This is also a great opportunity to discuss art work and to showcase artwork for future opportunities. 

And finally - don't forget to get your tickets from your art teacher!

20th April 2015: GCSE Art ExamToot Hill School

The GCSE Art exam shall take place on the 6th & 7th May 2015. In this time pupils will produce their final piece for their exam project which is worth 40% of their GCSE. Pupils will come to their allocated art room from 8am to start setting up their equipment. The exam shall begin at 8.45am. Pupils must ensure their sketchbooks are completed and all development tasks have been done to ensure they achieve their desired grade. Pupils will NOT be able to refine or add in work once they enter the art exam.  Pupils must also ensure they have the relevant materials i.e canvases, and any specialist materials in preparation for the exam.

Booster sessions are available throughout the next two weeks after school, so please make sure you make the most of these to refine and develop your work to the desired standard,to secure your target grade.

All the best of luck from the Art Team!

20th April 2015: British Championships - Elliot CloggMeden School

Elliot had a successful week at the British Championships this week in London.  Having qualified for seven events but choosing to swim five, Elliot managed to make the final of every event he entered (each final consisting of only eight swimmers). Having swam personal best times in the heats of each event in the morning sessions he then managed to swim even quicker times in the finals of each event in the evening session.  He managed to secure three podium places in the 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke and 50m freestyle finishing 2nd in all three events. He finished 4th in the 200m freestyle and 7th in the 100m freestyle.  In the 50m and 100m freestyle and 200m backstroke Elliot broke the current Yorkshire Boys Long Course Record and narrowly missed the 100m backstroke record by .19 of a second! 

Elliot now has to wait patiently until the end of June 2015 to find out if he has been selected to gain himself a place in the GB team for the European Youth Olympic Festival in Tblisi, Georgia in July 2015. He has certainly put himself in as good a position as any to gain a place in the team. Everyone at Meden has their fingers crossed for you Elliot, all the best. 

20th April 2015: Jessica Lake wins all three of her events at athletics.Meden School

Mansfield Harrier Jessica Lake showed fantastic form as she won all three of her events in the first of the four match Nottinghamshire Mini-League on Sunday.

Jessica put in three personal best performances as she competed in the U13 80 metre hurdles (12.6), the shot (6.92metres) and the high jump (1.23 metre).

This is testament to Jessica’s hard work and dedication. We would like to wish her all the best in the near future, keep them wins coming!

20th April 2015: Year 9 Assessment weekMeden School

All year 9 students will be sitting two mock papers week commencing 27th April. For both they will require a pen, pencil, ruler and 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.


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

Drama - Performance Director (Head of) - Closing Date: 01/05/15 (3 days to go)

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Toot Hill School

Deputy Headteacher (Senior School Leader) Progress & Attainment - Closing Date: 01/05/15 (3 days to go)

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Toot Hill School

Maths - Performance Director (Head of) - Closing Date: 01/05/15 (3 days to go)

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Toot Hill School

Science - Teacher of - Closing Date: 01/05/15 (3 days to go)

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Meden School

Teacher of English - Closing Date: 01/05/15 (3 days to go)

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Torch Academy Gateway Trust

TSA Exam Markers for Year 7 and 8 Assessments (Please use 'Application Pack' to apply) - Closing Date: 05/05/15 (7 days to go)

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Toot Hill School

MFL - Teacher of - Closing Date: 06/05/15 (8 days to go)

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Toot Hill School

English - Lead Teacher/2nd in Dept - Closing Date: 06/05/15 (8 days to go)

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Toot Hill School

English - Teacher of - Closing Date: 06/05/15 (8 days to go)

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Toot Hill School

Science Technician - Closing Date: 06/05/15 (8 days to go)

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Toot Hill School

Assistant SENCo- Non teaching - Closing Date: 06/05/15 (8 days to go)

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Catering Manager - Closing Date: 13/05/15 (15 days to go)

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Meden School

Relief Cleaner - Closing Date: 01/07/15 (64 days to go)

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Meden School

Midday Supervisor - Closing Date: 01/07/15 (64 days to go)

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Exam Invigilator - Closing Date: 31/08/15 (125 days to go)

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Contact Us

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

01949 863020