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.


1st September 2015: Year 6 Open EveningDjanogly City Academy

We at Djanogly City Academy look forward to welcoming prospective parents to the next year 6 open evening.  This will be held at the gregory boulevard site on September 17th from 6:30pm.

28th August 2015: Student Reminder - Term Starts Tuesday 1st September 8.15NUAST

 We are looking forward to seeing you all.

28th August 2015: NUAST staff return for training daysNUAST

NUAST hosted three days of training this week for teaching staff in readiness for the start of the term. Principal, Robert White commented on the commitment and excellence of the staff team. The staff are looking forward to students returning on Tuesday 1st September and are excited about the year ahead.

20th August 2015: Well Done to Meden GCSE StudentsMeden School

Well done to Meden GCSE students who have worked extremely hard to gain their results today. Students at all levels should be immensely proud of their results which are testament to all their hours of hard work and the effort they have put in.

Special recognition to our top performing GCSE students

Amy Simpson - for achieving 10  x A*/A grades

Harry Sisson, Alex Harrison, Jenny Dobb, Rose Hemingway - for achieving  9 x A*/A grades

Good Luck for the future!

13th August 2015: Maths A Level Students achieve amazing resultsMeden School

A massive congratulations to the A Level Maths Students for their recent results.

Special congratulations go to Holly Smith & Ebony Moody who both received an A* in their exam.

What an amazing achievement - Well done!

13th August 2015: Meden enjoys further A-level successMeden School

‚ÄčMeden school is pleased to announce another outstanding set of A-level results.

The school continues to go from strength to strength by maintaining its 99% pass rate from the previous year, with 50% of maths A-level grades being A*s and A's and 100% of BTEC medical science students receiving a distinction; certifying a wide range of achievement at both academic and vocational level. 

However, the school's track record continues to improve this year, as every student who applied to university has been offered a place on a course. These achievements heartedly demonstrate the tireless efforts of the leadership team, pupils and wider community in moving Meden from special measures in 2011 towards the success it enjoys today, and further success it will undoubtedly enjoy in the future.

Headline Figures

  • 99% A-level pass rate 
  • 100% distinction in BTEC medical science 
  • 100% of students applying to university offered a course 

Janet Brashaw, Meden's head of school stated: 

"I am immensely proud of all our A-level students who have worked extremely hard to achieve an outstanding set of results. This is a testament to the dedication of both pupils and teachers who are always willing to go the extra mile. Many of our staff have been working extra hours during the time leading up to the exam period, sometimes until as late as 9 o clock at night, due to our pupil's desire to leave no stone unturned when it comes to capitalising on academic efforts and achieving the very best results.

I would also like to extend my thanks to the parents of pupils here at Meden for their continued support, as I feel this is a crucial element of the process which is often not given enough credit. The parents, staff and pupils really have worked in perfect harmony to achieve the outstanding results everyone is so proud of.

I would like to congratulate every one of our students and wish them continued success as they progress in to the next phase of their lives. Today's young people are the future of tomorrow, and with the standard of achievement they have demonstrated at Meden, I strongly feel that the future is bright" 

13th August 2015: Toot Hill College achieves best ever A Level ResultsToot Hill School

Toot Hill College is pleased to announce its best ever A Level results.

With its largest ever cohort of students (143 students on role in Year 13), Toot Hill College saw a 100% pass rate for the third year in a row.

Toot Hill College has also seen a continued increase in the number of students securing an A* or A grade.  This figure has risen from 38% to 40% and is a testament to the hard work of students.  In addition, 88% of students gained an A* to C, up from 86% in 2014 and these results continue the College's outstanding track record of providing outstanding student achievement in both A Level and vocational qualifications.

Headline Figures

  • 100% pass rate, covering both A Level and vocational courses
  • 40% A*- A (A Level)
  • 88% A*- C (A Level)

Joel Tomasevic, Head of College stated:

"I am extremely proud that these results enable our students to progress into some of the best universities and employment opportunities on offer. Every year the competition for places at university, apprenticeships and employment gets more intense and the success we see at Toot Hill College is down to the incredible hard work, commitment and ambition of our students and our staff.

Our approach at Toot Hill College is to treat every student as an individual and ensure that the support and guidance they receive is tailored to their specific needs.  Whether that support is academic or personal, our staff deliver care and support of the very highest standard.

I would like to personally congratulate each and everyone of our students."

Ash Rahman, Head of School added:

"Yet again, through hard work, commitment and perseverance, we have seen Toot Hill College students perform exceptionally well. With a 100% pass rate and 40% of all A level entries achieving and A*-A grade, this is our students most successful year to date.

As ever it is a real pleasure to hear of each individual success and to share in the joy and celebrations of such an important milestone is these young people’s lives. I would also like to thank our staff for their extraordinary commitment and energy in supporting our students throughout their time at Toot Hill College.

I wish all out students continued success as they go out into the wider world and will watch their future careers with pride." 

23rd July 2015: Sports Day 2015Djanogly City Academy

Djanogly Students took part and supported their tutor group friends in a first sports day event on the Forest Fields. Thank you to the council for marking out the track.

The weather was good and the performances amazing! Well done to all those that took part and a special well done to those that medalled. Support from spectators was also fantastic. I am sure that students who are part of Courage House will be smiling more than most on our last day today as overall winners.

See our Twitter feed for photos @djanoglyacademy!

22nd July 2015: Notts County Press ReleaseNUSA

On 17th July our Notts County girls football training session was joined by some very special guests - the local press as well as two Notts County players who have just played in the World Cup! They brought with them the FA cup, which they will be competing for on the 1st August against Chelsea. 

The event was covered on the  6pm ITV news last Saturday and was also shown on Notts TV.

Click the link below to see the coverage in the Nottingham Post:

One of our students also did an interview on BBC Radio Nottingham talking about the football-based mental health project Goals 4 Life, which is viewable on their website.

Well done to all of our students who were involved!

20th July 2015: It's all about Boulogne!!!Toot Hill School

The penultimate day in activities week (Thursday 16th July) saw 19 students and 4 members of staff head across the channel to spend an exciting day in Boulogne. An early start of 2.30 did little to dampen people’s spirits, and we set off in buoyant mood for the 1st part of our journey. A quick pit stop at Thurrock services for comfort (and coffee) also offer the chance to enjoy the daybreak.

Re-fuelled and refreshed, we set off for Dover where our punctual arrival allowed the trend setters in the group to lead the way for the day by snapping up some selfie sticks from the shop (these would become the order of the day and the absolute must have accessory). Embarking compete, it was smooth sailing through calm waters all the way to Calais. We arrived in France excited and on schedule and set off for Boulogne where our lunch awaited at the renowned crêperie St Michel. A warm welcome and warmer crêpes/galettes greeted us, and we all sat down to enjoy great company and a fantastic repas (thankfully warm weather was soon to follow too)!

Basking in sunshine, our group were able to put their newly acquired selfie sticks to good use, as they tackled the town trail – hunting down patisserie, pancakes, post cards, phones and post boxes. Hopefully their specially selected teachers will appreciate the post cards sent back for them (to arrive before the new academic year). Students were also able to learn a few new words whilst exploring the town’s new ‘7 deadly sins’ themed garden, before the serious business of shopping began. Fans became the order of the day to combat the heat, and it became increasingly obvious that the confectionary sponsors for the day were tictacs and candy floss, with a side order of (melted) Milka chocolate.

It was then time to say goodbye to Boulogne – and hello to the Hypermarché, where attention began to turn to the drive home. Time for the 2nd, 3rd or 4th (Ted Caunt) change of outfit for the day, and for many more forward thinking members of the group, it was time to buy whatever they could find to make the return journey more comfortable – for some (Grace, Megan, Demi, Cery and Mia) that meant food, and a brilliantly French picnic (baguette et fromage galore!); for others sleep was the priority (Auchan may need to restock their supply of travel blankets…).

Our arrival at Calais port saw hearts sink, as the coach came to a standstill with the security checks in sight. The clock ticked on and on, and it quickly became clear that our travels would be delayed. 20, 30, 40 minutes passed – one hour, two hours before, finally, almost three hours after our intended departure we set out for home, with the wind doing its best to test the balance of even the most shore-footed amongst us. We returned to our temporary home to head for school – with Maddy, Charlotte, Libby and Grace doing their best to deafen Mr Adams and Mrs Rahman (quote <Libby Nightingale> ‘I’ve laughed so hard, I’ve ripped my mouth up’.) Truly a triumph of spirit over circumstance and testament to the good old stiff upper lip!

Lightening, driver changes, DVDs and dress up (feat. Maddy as E.T) saw us home for 1.30am – a 23 hour day completed! Congratulations to staff and students alike for surviving, and maintaining the highest of standards and spirits!


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.

David Hooker

Trust Director
Vice CEO Torch Academy Gateway Trust
Principal, Djanogly

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
Vice CEO Torch Academy Gateway Trust
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

PA to the Head of School - Closing Date: 14/09/15 (13 days to go)

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

Djanogly City Academy

Behaviour Manager - Closing Date: 18/09/15 (17 days to go)

Visit Djanogly City Academy for more information and an application form.


Exam Invigilator - Closing Date: 31/03/16 (212 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 863020