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.


25th November 2015: NUAST Careers Convention 24 NovemberNUAST

NUAST Careers Convention 24 November

On 24 November we held our first “Careers Convention” at Nuast.  This involved all students from Years 11 and 13.  The half day convention was launched by the STEM ambassador Richard Smith, who talked about how to impress an employer and top tips for interviews.  All students then took part in a practice interview given by our partners Siemens and Experian as well as participating in a series of workshops delivered by independent Career Advice and Guidance Practitioners.  Workshops focused on career planning with a focus on science, engineering and IT, apprenticeships and higher education courses. 

Careers Convention Feedback 

25th November 2015: Senior Maths Challenge 2015 ResultsToot Hill School

Congratulations to the following students awarded certificates in the Senior Maths Challenge 2015.

Year 13

  • Alex Moscrop - 86 (Senior Kangaroo qualifier)
  • Tom Ward - 75
  • Abigail Hayles - 73
  • Tom Dobson - 62
  • Lauren Tinsley - 60
  • Aimee Brown - 59
  • Alex Stevenson - 58

Year 12

  • Katie Copeland - 87 (Best in School and Senior Kangaroo qualifier)
  • Nuala McKenna - 63
  • Samuel Wilson - 61
  • Veronica Carter - 56
  • Rhoda Roberts - 52
  • Thomas Harrold - 50

24th November 2015: Students Receive a Lesson in ExportingMeden School

Ten students from a Warsop secondary school were among the first to take part in an East Midlands Chamber initiative to drive future exports.

The Government has set a goal that exports should achieve £1trn by 2020. Exporting is vital to the nation’s balance of payments.

However, exporting in itself has never formed part of the school curriculum so the Chamber has created a certificated course to introduce students to exporting.


The course is British Chambers of Commerce-accredited and all ten pupils from Meden School and Technology College passed with merits and were presented with certificates of their achievement.

The students took part in just the first part of the course but anyone successfully completing all six parts will receive the BCC Foundation Award in International Trade.

The course provides an introduction to the role of export, giving delegates an overall picture of how the many elements of international trade fit together. 

Delegates get hands-on experience of some of the administration involved in getting an export consignment ready for the journey and learn the best ways to be sure of getting paid.

Of equal importance, it gives an understanding of the main pitfalls of non-compliance and how each of the elements examined contributes to prompt and profitable payment for the company.

Simon Brown, Teacher of Business and ICT at Meden School, said: “Our College A-level Business students really enjoyed the International Trade training course.

“It gave them greater exposure to a vital part of the UK economy, while providing them with an understanding of the logistical elements surrounding importing and exporting goods.

“This will be a superb addition to their UCAS references and underpins their theoretical learning at A-level.”

Scott Knowles, the Chamber’s Chief Executive, said: “Research shows that confidence among exporters is rising but companies are struggling to recruit staff with the skills necessary to ensure success.

“Businesses and schools need to work more closely together to ensure students have a full and firm understanding of the business world, the opportunities it presents to them and the skills that will help them to get ahead, including the export journey and foreign languages.”

The next Exports Foundation Course starts in April.

24th November 2015: Well Done C6!Meden School

Congratulations to C6 who raised the highest amount of sponsorship in the recent Charity Fun Run.  They raised an amazing £64 beating all the other tutorials in the school to the top spot.  Amazing work, C6, we are very proud of you!

Challenger raised £124 in total, and came 2nd out of the 3 houses. Well done to everyone for all your hard work in raising money for good causes.  

23rd November 2015: Massive Congratulations once again to Elliot CloggMeden School

Elliot had amazing success at the North East Senior/Junior Shortcourse Championships in Sunderland this weekend.

On Saturday he swam in the 100 freestyle and swam a personal best of 50.52 in the Senior final to become North East Regional Champion and he also broke the English Record (only 0.2 outside the British Record).  Elliot then swam in the 100 back and won silver in the Senior final,  then swam the 50 fly in the Senior final swimming a new personal best of 25.66 coming 4th but getting his National QT for December.

On Sunday Elliot carried on the way Saturday started.  He swam in the 50 backstroke and swam a personal best of 25.54 to win the Senior final and become North East Regional Champion but he also broke the British Junior Record for the second time as he had already gone under the current time in the heats that morning! His last event was the 200 backstroke.  At Manchester in October he hadn't swam this particularly well, swimming 2.03.39,  however this time he made up for it! He swam in the Senior final, claimed silver with a new personal best of 1.57.69! Yet again breaking the British Junior Record.  

When these new records are confirmed, he will hold all three distances on backstroke.

Huge Congratulations....Go Elliot! Go Elliot!

20th November 2015: Year 11 Assessment Week – Equipment ReminderMeden School

For each paper 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.

20th November 2015: Year 9 Assessment Week – Equipment ReminderMeden School

For each paper they will require a pen, pencil and a ruler. They will need a scientific calculator for paper 2. 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.

More detailed information about topics to revise can be found on their unit 1 sticker inside the front of their Maths book.

20th November 2015: Maths Star StudentsMeden School

After such a fantastic start to the year, 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:

Eve Collis for a great attitude in lessons and great contributions in class.

Caitlin Porter for always wanting to push herself.

Jess Lake for having the persistence to keep trying when she doesn't understand something.

Olivia Curtis for always working hard and for great presentation in her book.

Gerogia Evans for her fantastic work-ethic.

Tamzin Stockdale for always pushing herself.

Georgia Swinn for giving her best in every lesson.

Callum Sheppard for fantastic homework.

Joe Morrell for dedication, consistent hard work and always striving to achieve.

Keenan Somes for outstandingly high marks consistently.

Molly Gill for superb effort in every single task, wonderful progress and amazing work ethic.

Emily Gozzard for an amazing work ethic, conscientious attitude and great homework.

Charlotte Butler for an 'outstanding' maths book - amazing effort every single lesson.

Sophie Owen for an amazing attitude, always wants to fully understand.

Molli Sunderland for an excellent attitude, always willing to have a go.

Hattie Jones for excellent homework.

Liam Evans for excellent behaviour in lessons.

Ellie Radford for contribution in lessons and determination to do well.

Abbie Goddard for excellent work in lessons and always willing to share ideas.

Alex Swan for excellent contribution in class.

Kaid Lockwood for always striving for excellence.

Ben Stevenson for constantly pushing himself.

Chloe Wilkins for great progress since the start of the year.

Tyler Lake for putting 100% effort into every lesson.

Mckenzie Cameron for great progress since the start of the year.



20th November 2015: Booktrust Challenge Autumn/Winter 2015Toot Hill School

Booktrust Challenge Autumn/Winter 2015

‘Booktrust Challenge’ has made a resurgence to the Learning Lounge.  Booktrust have sent six copies of five books for free.

The idea behind the challenge, is for Mrs Litherland and Ms Marris to read the books, prepare ten questions, and then be able to answer them as you read the book. This would, hopefully, encourage our more reluctant reader, to read a book from start to finish.
On completing the challenge, bring the question card with answers back to Mrs Litherland or Ms Marris, we will check your answers; if correct you will receive a Learning Lounge Goody bag/Gift and 25 Credit Points!

Our 1st Booktrust Challenge is:

The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle

19th November 2015: Year 7 visit to New Art ExchangeDjanogly City Academy

Year 7 took part in a 'Sound Systems back in Da Day' workshop organised by our neighbours at the New Art Exchange in Hyson Green, in order to explore the 'blues parties' or 'shebeens' of the 50s and 60s. These were introduced by the newly-arrived Afro-Caribbean community as a way of socialising with friends and were often held in local community centres or people's own houses. History was brought to life as students were encouraged to explore this social development through script-writing, dressing up in costume, and music. What a fantastic day, and thank you to our friends at the New Art Exchange. 


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.

John Mills

Chair Torch Academy Gateway Trust

John became Nottingham University's eighth President of Council in January 2012 and is also a Pro-Chancellor. He has been a member of Council since 2005 and was Treasurer of the University of Nottingham from 2008 to 2011. As President of the Council he chairs Nominations Committee and the Remuneration Committee. He is also a member of Finance Committee. A mathematics graduate of the University of Nottingham he trained as a Chartered Accountant with Kidsons before joining Deloitte Haskins and Sells to specialise in tax, becoming a member of the Chartered Institute of Tax. He became a partner in the firm which, following two mergers, became PricewaterhouseCoopers. John retired from the firm in 2005 having run part of the regional and national businesses. He is now Deputy Chairman of Matalan having been Chairman for six years and a Director of a number of private companies and a Director of the Torch Academy Gateway Trust.

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


Venue Assistant (casual) - Closing Date: 27/11/15 (2 days to go)

Visit NUSA for more information and an application form.

Djanogly City Academy

Office Manager - Closing Date: 27/11/15 (2 days to go)

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

Birklands School

Caretaker - Closing Date: 03/12/15 (8 days to go)

Visit Birklands School for more information and an application form.

Toot Hill School

Classroom Learning Assistant - Closing Date: 04/12/15 (9 days to go)

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

Meden School

Classroom Learning Assistant - Closing Date: 04/12/15 (9 days to go)

Visit Meden School for more information and an application form.


Library Assistant - Closing Date: 04/12/15 (9 days to go)

Visit NUSA for more information and an application form.

Meden School

Invigilator - Closing Date: 31/12/15 (36 days to go)

Visit Meden School for more information and an application form.


Readers/Oral Language Modifiers/Scribes (casual) - Closing Date: 31/03/16 (127 days to go)

Visit NUSA for more information and an application form.


Exam Invigilators (casual) - Closing Date: 31/03/16 (127 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