20th October 2014: Collaborative Sketchbook ProjectNottingham Free School
The Collaborative Sketchbook Project allows students to work together on one sketchbook along a selected theme. The sketchbook and a selection of artist quality materials are passed between students in an 'Art Relay'.
They will complete family, local, national or international research on the chosen theme, the first being Black History Month, before creating an artistic response.
Students will create a page or two in the sketchbook that illustrates their research, opinions and responses to the theme. It can link in any way to the theme that they like and could include painting, drawing, illustration, collage, writing or mixed media.
We really can't wait to see the diverse, creative and unique responses from our diverse, creative and unique students!
20th October 2014: Some ideas for the Half Term?Toot Hill School
17th October 2014: Class 9V Media - Advertisers watch this space!Toot Hill School
Class 9V Media Studies were provided with the task of designing a new advertising campaign to sell a fruity drink to a specific target audience. The students had a week to work in their groups to create a storyboard, poster and a presentation to deliver to the class. All groups showed a real determination to succeed and showcased their work today in an extremely professional manner.
The class then voted for the presentation which they thought was the most effective. Well done to winners Ellie Ivell; Grace Leadbeater and Emma Peck with their drink Grrrr…ape!
Well done to the rest of the class who impressed Miss Bell with their fantastic efforts.
16th October 2014: Year 11 visit to Oxford UniversityToot Hill School
Fifteen students from Year 11 enjoyed a day at Oxford University on October 1st 2014. Whist there they visited Hertford College where they watched a presentation, by Dr Janette Gilbert, on studying at the university which provided information on the collegiate system at Oxford, how to apply and some of the courses which can be studied there. Janette read English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, choosing to specialise in medieval literature and languages. This led to an M.St. in English (900 – 1550) at Exeter College, Oxford. Her interest in outreach and widening access to Oxford began with activities conducted as an undergraduate. While working on her Ph.D. in Medieval Dialectology,Janette worked part-time for the Undergraduate Admissions Office in Oxford. Janette treated the students to a mini lecture on medieval english, giving them a 'taste' of grauate level teaching.The students were impressed by the architecture of the college buildings and enjoyed the experience of eatng lunch in an oak panelled dining hall, where they saw a portrait display of female alumni of the college, including Baroness Warnock and Natasha Kaplinski. This was followed by a tour of the college, chapel and library and a walk over the famous bridge which links two parts of the college. The world-famous Bodleian library, which houses the largest collection of books at the university,is sited opposite Hertford College (see photograph).
16th October 2014: NUAST Building almost complete!NUAST
The NUAST building is nearing completion. Here is a sneek preview!
16th October 2014: Year 10 Open Evening a great successNUAST
The first autumn NUAST Year 10 Open Evening was held last night at the University of Nottingham Engineering and Sciences Learning Centre. We had lots of visitors to our stands which included interactive displays from Toshiba, Siemens, Sasie and a range of University departments.
Thank you to eveyone who came and supported the event. We look forward to meeting a new set of future scientists, engineers and coders tonight!
13th October 2014: Well Done Endeavour HouseMeden School
Congratulations to all Endeavour students for winning attendance last week, with a percentage of 93%.
Great effort from Endeavour students, keep up the good work.
10th October 2014: Jazz Day SuccessToot Hill School
On Thursday 9th October, pupils from Year 7 and 8 took part in the Jazz day workshop. The group was made up of performers on trumpets, clarinets, flutes, saxophones, drum kit, piano, guitar and bass guitar. Amazingly, in just over two hours, the instrumentalists had learned to play two pieces (C Jam Blues and Last Night) which they later performed to their peers in the Year 7 Concert. Those who attended the workshop were introduced to jazz rhythms and terminology, ensemble work, sectional work and improvisation. Pupils were given the opportunity to try out some ideas in the group and many bravely chose to include their solo's during the final performance.
The feedback from pupils was really positive and included comments like "the best day of school so far" and "it was good to meet new people who also like music". The enthusiasm spread and a number of those pupils involved opted to stay on after school and try out playing in Concert Band. Some are also going to attend the Big Band or are working towards joining in the future. Recordings of the pieces will soon be available on our 'Examples of Work' page.
9th October 2014: Peak District Field TripMeden School
On Friday 17th October all year 11 geographers will be visiting the Peak District to conduct some top quality field work.....I hope.
9th October 2014: Sixth form open eveningMeden School
Next Thursday (16th October) will be Meden College open evening. If you are a year 11 make sure you are there to see what we have to offer.
- 16th Oct 2014: NUAST building almost ready! Final few weeks of construction taking place. See the image for a sneek preview... http://t.co/trJuk6avY7
- 16th Oct 2014: Another fantastic year 6 open evening last night. Well done to the student helpers; we are so proud of your politeness and confidence.
- 16th Oct 2014: Terrific day for NUSA Post 16 with @NTUOutreach Students had a fascinating insight into the Social Work programme http://t.co/fC8peo02Pi
- 16th Oct 2014: Great Year 10 Open Evening last night. Looking forward to meeting lots more Scientists, Engineers and Coders tonight! http://t.co/dhXjVMqGFQ
- 15th Oct 2014: Our second fully booked open evening tonight! Thank you to all those who have booked, we're really looking forward to meeting you.
- 15th Oct 2014: Don't forget that @NTUOutreach's Future Proofing session for #Year11 students & their parents begins tonight http://t.co/CiSBoLEtsZ
- 15th Oct 2014: The finished article! Well done yarn bombers. http://t.co/9mzpUInqlI
- 14th Oct 2014: Drama group were great today - it's going to be a good show at Christmas!
- 14th Oct 2014: This week, Get Reel #FILMCLUB are screening Joe Dante's 2009 fantasy horror-thriller #TheHole after school on Wednesday. #Enrichment
- 14th Oct 2014: What a shame that rain has stopped play on our new outdoor table tennis tables!
Meet Our Team
Our Values Outlined
Schools in our Trust
Teaching School Alliance
Meet Our Team
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
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:
- Learning Organisation
- Care, Support, Guidance
- Performance Mangement
- Tracking and Intervention
Schools in our Trust
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 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.
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.
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.
Torch Academy Gateway Trust
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Nottingham NG13 8BL
01949 863 053