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.


26th May 2015: Maths Star StudentsMeden School

It's been a busy half term with assessment weeks and mock exams, and yet our students never seize to amaze us with their hard work and determination. There are many students that have shown a great attitude to their learning, but these students have really dazzled us with their determination to succeed. 

The Nominees for this half term are:

Year 7

Will Fairweather, Caitlin Parkin, Darlton Wardle, Millie Watts, Chloe Whyle, Caitlin West

Year 8

Sophie Owen, Billy Toon, Jazmin Draper, Adam Karter, Kayleigh Montgomery, Sianna Poulter, Chloe Todd

Year 9

William Wilkinson, Brandon Dunlop, Tom Kowalski

Year 10

Emily Clay, Ricky Lack

Year 11

Liam Oliver, Aimee Randall, Lauren Batham, Luke Smith

Well done to all.

21st May 2015: Spanish and French homework clubsDjanogly City Academy

Spanish and French are offering homework sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays 3.30 - 4.30pm

Thanks to the Academy's recent investment in ACTIVE LEARN, students can now complete homework tasks on their devices at home or on laptops during the homework sessions.

21st May 2015: GCSE / BTEC PE interventions sessionsDjanogly City Academy

GCSE PE and BTEC PE interventions / catchup sessions will be starting every Tuesday from 19th May 2015

See you all there! 

20th May 2015: Philosophy and Ethics Art CompetitionToot Hill School

Create a piece of artwork that reflects what you have learnt about the Holocaust and WIN a £25 voucher, a specially designed trophy AND get your artwork displayed in The National Holocaust Centre and Museum.

The piece of artwork can be either a picture, painting or textile (no bigger than A3) and it must reflect the theme of ‘Keeping the Memory Alive’.

See Miss Boniface, Miss Pilkington or Mrs Docherty for more details!!


  1. Participants must be aged 8 to 18 and attend a school in the UK.
  2. Group and class projects are welcomed.
  3. Entries that do not follow the guidelines will be disqualified.
  4. Entries that show large swastikas will also be disqualified.
  5. Entries received after the closing date will not be considered.
  6. All the entries will become the property of the National Holocaust Centre and Museum.

19th May 2015: CongratulationsMeden School

For placing 2nd in the 800m Athletics Competition. Leah took home a silver medal and has qualified for the next stages. Well Done and Good Luck from Miss Hickinbotham and all in Challenger House.


19th May 2015: Challenger Year 11'sMeden School

To all involved in year 11 GCSE exams, Good Luck wishes from Miss Hickinbotham.

15th May 2015: Year 10 and 12 Open Evening a great successNUAST

NUAST opened its doors last night to welcome the new Year 10 and Year 12 September 2015 intake.

Supported by a wide range of industry and academic partners, students and parents were very impressed with both the facilities and the wider opportunities NUAST offers.

NUAST would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who gave up their time last night to support the academy, particularly our many business, industry and academic partners who made such an effort.

We look forward to seeing you all again at NUAST soon.

14th May 2015: A BIG welcome to SMS and their fully working ZX SpectrumNUAST

In honour of the ZX Spectrum and its unassailable place in computer gaming history we have had a go at our own pixel perfect tribute to Manic Miner!

14th May 2015: NUAST Future Year 10 and 12 Parent's Information Evening TonightNUAST

This evening NUAST is welcoming the students and parents who will be joining the Academy in September 2015

There will be a series of presentations outlining key information and everyone will have the chance to explore the exciting new equipment and facilities at the academy.

We are looking forward to meeting you all again.

12th May 2015: Indian Drumming Friday 22nd MayDjanogly City Academy

During Djanogly’s DFow 2015, we had a visit from Durgesh, a specialist in Indian drumming.

He spent a whole day working with various classes, explaining and demonstrating a wide variety of instruments. Each pupil had the opportunity to try these instruments for themselves and performed together under the direction of Durgesh.

Pupils were amazed by his skill, encouraged by his enthusiasm and were excited at the prospect of drumming as a class.

We have another fantastic opportunity to witness Durgesh and his talents. He is planning to visit on Friday 22nd May to work with our students.


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


Teacher of Geography - Closing Date: 29/05/15 (today)

Visit NUSA for more information and an application form.

Toot Hill School

Behaviour Support Co-ordinator - Closing Date: 05/06/15 (7 days to go)

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

Meden School

Teacher of Music - Closing Date: 05/06/15 (7 days to go)

Visit Meden School for more information and an application form.

Toot Hill School

Pupil Welfare Officer - Closing Date: 15/06/15 (17 days to go)

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

Birklands School

Class Teacher - Closing Date: 17/06/15 (19 days to go)

Visit Birklands School for more information and an application form.

Meden School

Midday Supervisor - Closing Date: 01/07/15 (33 days to go)

Visit Meden School for more information and an application form.


Exam Invigilator - Closing Date: 31/08/15 (94 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