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 April 2016: Newark Academy transfer to the Torch Academy Gateway TrustTorch Academy Gateway Trust

The Lincoln College Academy Trust (LCAT) and Torch Academy Gateway Trust (TAGT) would like to announce that the Department for Education has agreed the transfer of Newark Academy from LCAT TAGT.

The transfer is expected to be completed for the start of the autumn term.

CEO of the Torch Academy Gateway Trust, John Tomasevic, said:

“The LCAT has worked very hard over the last few years to rebuild the reputation of Newark Academy. They have made many positive changes at the Academy and have overseen the completion of an excellent new school building.

“TAGT are proven local secondary education providers and LCAT have asked us to take on the next stage of Newark Academy’s journey towards delivering high quality education and outcomes for the young people of Newark.

“We will continue to work closely with the LCAT, utilising their extensive expertise in further education to ensure that Newark students have access to the very best education pathways.” 

Chair of LCAT Keith Batty said:

“The continuation of Newark Academy’s journey of improvement has always been the principal focus of LCAT.

“We are delighted that the TAGT has agreed to take Newark Academy into its Trust. Their proven track record for excellence in secondary education will enable continued growth and enhanced performance.

“We know TAGT has ambitions for further provision in the town and we feel strongly that this is a time for collaboration in the interests of our pupils and education provision in Newark.

“We understand this could be a worrying time for these school communities and we will work closely with the new sponsors to ensure an orderly transfer, minimising disruption to pupils, staff and families.”

Lincoln College Group CEO Gary Headland, said:

“We are committed to developing education and skills in Newark, and to working closely with local employers to produce a highly skilled and productive local workforce for them.   

“As Members of the LCAT, we agreed with the recommendation to the Regional Schools Commissioner that the Academy should be transferred to a schools-based sponsor as this would be in the best interests of the students and could accelerate the transformation of educational provision.

“TAGT will continue to work with Lincoln College Group via Newark College to develop business-led, career focused pathways into jobs for its students.

“By addressing the education and training needs of the Town together, we will be able to offer a broad spectrum of provision to raise the aspirations and achievement of young people in the area.”

19th March 2016: Nova Education Trust: Proposed MergerTorch Academy Gateway Trust

As you will undoubtedly appreciate the government has set out significant challenges for academies to meet in order to secure every child’s future in a competitive global marketplace.

To meet these challenges, it has become evident that academies/schools are stronger working together rather than operating in competition.  For some time, the Torch Academy Gateway Trust; Djanogly Learning Trust; Nottingham University Samworth Academies Trust and Nottingham University Academy for Science and Technology have been working closely together in order to secure high achievement for every child in their respective trusts.

The Directors of these four Trusts are proposing that the trusts merge into one Trust – Nova Education Trust.  In order to progress this, we are consulting with all key stakeholders and interested parties.  Details of our business case can be found at: www.novaeducationtrust.net

Also at this address is a response form for you to complete, should you wish to do so.

The consultation period will start on 21st March 2016 and end on 24th May 2016.  At the end of the consultation period Directors will consider all responses and provide a commentary. All of this will be available on the website above.

We are all excited by the potential of this trust and hope that you will view it as a positive move in supporting children and securing their futures.

27th June 2016: Assessments, Pen Pals & Trip to SpainNottingham Free School

Spanish Assessments 

Well done to all students who put so much time and effort into preparing for their Spanish assessments, especially the speaking! Not only in the run up to assessments, but throughout the year, so many students have dedicated a lot of time to Spanish vocabulary and grammar learning and this has been the key to making rapid, sustained progress in Spanish. We have seen some outstanding results in the assessments from students in Years 7 and 8 - congratulations! 

Tips for language learning

Language learning is not an easy task, but the most effective way to retain the vocabulary and grammatical structures is repetition in various ways, little and often - a little bit every day if you can! Remember to cover up the words or phrases and practise translating the vocabulary into English and then when you are feeling more confident, into Spanish. Creating flash cards of the most difficult vocabulary with picture hints and clues is also a very helpful way to retain the words.

Pen Pals

Mrs Barrett has been a busy bee and has set up regular contact with our link school, Ies Matilde Salvador, in Castellón, Spain. Several of our students now have Spanish pen pals with whom they are in touch via email. The students have been extremely excited about this and it gives them a true opportunity to converse and communicate in real life situations as well as broaden their minds about young people living in other cultures.

Trip to Spain next year

Plans are well under way for organising a trip to Spain for the Year 9s next year, when students will have the chance to visit a Spanish school and meet their pen pals in real life, amongst a host of other fun and culturally enriching activities! More details to follow this week via a letter to all Year 8 students. Thank you to Mrs Barrett for all of her hard work on this.

27th June 2016: Year 10 Mock Exam Student timetable June/July 2016NUAST

Year 10 Mock Exam Student timetable June/July 2016

23rd June 2016: Carnegie winner!Nottingham Free School

Some of our students who had been reading the Carnegie shortlisted books enjoyed watching the live announcement of the winner on Monday! The medal went to Sarah Crossan for her moving verse novel, One.



20th June 2016: "Tomorrow's Engineers" - Fantastic opportunities underway for year 9 studentsToot Hill School

On Thursday 9th June students were involved in the Tomorrow's Engineers STEM day.  Mr Lawrence arranged and a team of STEM experts to come in to school and they ran a number of engaging and enjoyable STEM based activities.

In the morning, all students had a go at three workshops:

  • "iEngineer" was a remote control robot session where teams had to choose and fit robotic attachments and then take part in a "Robot Rumble" against the other teams' robots
  • "The Drawing Board" was an engineering design challenge where students had to come up with solutions to real world engineering problems such and present back to the other group members
  • "Engineering X Factor" was a series of mini challenges that the students had to complete including iPad bridge building, "Beat the Box" and Code breaker.

The day culminated in a presentation to all the students by another outside provider and rounded off a very positively recieved, engaging and enjoyable day.  More photos are available in the  STEM section of the website:

Following on from this we will be taking a coach load of year 9 students to the regional  "Big Bang Fair Near Me" workshop and exhibition in Derby on the 30th June.  This is a regional event that will build on the great success of the national Big Bang trip earlier in the year and will be a great chance for students to get hands on with STEM skills in the context of a number of locally based but well established companies.  There are a few places remaining so anyone who has yet to return a reply slip needs to do so ASAP.

Another exciting and informative STEM opportunity not to be missed!


17th June 2016: Djanogly City Academy Annual Sports DayDjanogly City Academy

Wednesday 13 July is the Djanogly City Academy Annual Sports Day

15th June 2016: Student Librarian TrainingToot Hill School

Ten Student Librarians from Year 7 and 8 completed six weeks of training - Wednesday Lunch-times from 20/4/16 to 8/6/16.  The intensive Librarian Training included:

  • Daily Routine - putting stock away, jacketing, tidying shelves, repairing, shredding etc.
  • Navigating Non-Fiction, - understanding the 'Dewey' system, orienteering task
  • Book Processing - Stamping, Date Label, Bar-coding, genre coding, security tagging, jacketing etc.
  • Displays - Selecting books from Fiction and Non-Fiction for a Summer Display, using props, creating display

Students received a folder full of information and some were awarded either a plastic or a special metal Student Librarian Badge for their services. 

15th June 2016: Over The Line 2016: The Live StoryToot Hill School

During the first three weeks of Euro 2016 leading up to the commemoration of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July, the National Literacy Trust will publish an original children’s story in 16 chapters to be read aloud in schools and homes. It will be called Over the Line 2016. Each chapter will be roughly 1,000 words (a 10-minute classroom read) and will be published before 7.30am every weekday from Monday 13 June to Monday 4 July, so it can be read aloud during the day.

 A short paragraph will be added to the version published online on 13 June. Subsequent chapters will respond to the events of the previous day at Euro 2016, such as the main stories that the broadcast and print media are covering from the tournament, controversies on and off the pitch, key games, and the results for England, Northern Ireland and Wales. But the story will also follow Khalid and Grace, two children who are studying the Battle of the Somme in advance of a Battlefield Tour to the area with their school in the last week of June.

 Tom Palmer said: ‘I think it is poignant that 24 European countries are playing a major football tournament exactly 100 years after – and exactly where – the most horrible battle ever fought in Europe took place. I want to explore this unusual coincidence in a story for children, who are, after all, the generation who will live into this next European century.’

You can download the Over the Line 2016 story daily at www.literacytrust.org.uk/euro-2016. Publication: Before 7.30am every weekday from Monday 13 June to Monday 4 July. The story is free for everyone and is intended to be read in the classroom, assembly hall or at home.



FOOTBALL:        796.33

GEOGRAPHY:     910 – 919.8

WORLD WAR I: 940.3

Information taken from: www.literacytrust.org.uk

8th June 2016: NUAST Y10 Students Win Sumobot ChallengeNUAST

Year 10 students attended the University of Nottingham's Engineering Faculty today, Wednesday 8th June, to take part in a Sumobots Challenge.

11 students tested their electronics skills to battle against students from other Nottingham schools. The Sumobots challenge saw the University of Nottingham staff and students working with Y10 Engineering students at NUAST for a number of weeks, on Wednesday afternoons, to develop their understanding of the mini robots and prepare them for battle.

NUAST would like to thank the staff and students of the University of Nottingham for their time and effort in enhancing student's engineering skills.




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 Principal at Djanogly City Academy. He previously led Meden School in Market Warsop out of special measures and delivered 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

Djanogly City Academy

EAL Teaching Assistant - Level 2 - Closing Date: 01/07/16 (3 days to go)

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

Djanogly City Academy

Teacher of Science - Closing Date: 04/07/16 (6 days to go)

Visit Djanogly City Academy 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