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.


5th March 2015: Dennis the Mennace and Minnie the Minx visited the Learning LoungeToot Hill School

World Book Day in the Learning Lounge

Mrs Litherland and Ms Marris took a step back into the past and dressed up as Dennis the Menace and Minnie the Minx for World Book Day from the Beano .  What mischief and mayhem could they get up to? 

...Well, no time for any mischief as it was the first day of the Scholastic Book Fair, so they were kept busy with the bustle of excited students and the chinking of pound coins.  We will keep you posted with how the fair is going...

4th March 2015: NUAST presents our new qualified TOSHIBA technicians!NUAST

Our chosen Year 10 and Year 12 students made it successfully through their Toshiba technical training.  It was the end of a long journey which started with an application letter, followed by an interview and a presentation and finished with two days of intense training.  Students fully enjoyed the experience, but now the hard work begins as they will be expected to use these skills for real.  This fantastic opportunity was made possible by our excellent sponsorship and partnership with Toshiba and thank you to the excellent trainers and also the students who were a credit to NUAST!

4th March 2015: Holme Pierrepont Trip (Year 12)NUAST

The NUAST students in year 12 endured a packed schedule of challenging activities including orienteering, a double level adventure high ropes course, mini-golf and an off-road Segway challenge at the Holme Pierrepont Country Park.  Students came back safe, sound and smiling from ear to ear.  Well done and thank you for representing NUAST!

4th March 2015: Parent guide to year 11 revisionDjanogly City Academy

The downloadable pdf file is a guide to supporting the revision of year 11 students.  The guide covers the most common parent frustrations and provides examples on how to support your son/daughter through this period of time. It is also time to think about the future, so as well as reading and tackling revision for all your subjects, have a read of the leaflet and discuss with your son/daughter what they are aiming to achieve and what they are aiming to do post-16.Download the revision guide here!

2nd March 2015: Bronze MedalMeden School

Congratulations Courtney on taking 3rd place out of all KS4 competitors.

2nd March 2015: Trampoline SuccessMeden School

A tough event saw the KS4 trampoline squad sit in gold right up until the final trampolinist, however we are incredibly proud of their excellent achievement of each taking a silver medal. Plus an overall bronze individual from the whole competition from Courtney Wood. Congratulations to all involved. Courtney Wood (C), Britney Wood (C), Sian Parsons (C), Clarissa Drury (D), Sadie Bradley(D) and Charlie Gale (C)

2nd March 2015: Intermediate Maths Challenge 2015Toot Hill School

Congratulations to the following students who will receive certificates for their achievement in this year's competition:


  • Bradley Mason (Y11) - 73 (Best in School and Pink Kangaroo qualifier)
  • Katie Copeland (Y11) - 70 (Pink Kangaroo qualifier)
  • Rebecca Culley (Y11) - 67


  • Paul Gering (Y9) - 62 (Best in Year)
  • Thomas Harrold (Y11) - 57
  • Jonathan Aldrich (Y10) - 56 (Best in Year)
  • Chris Brown (Y11) - 54
  • Eleanor Dobson (Y9) - 53
  • Elana Newton-Brown (Y11) - 51
  • Sam Fulford (Y11) - 51
  • Sara Gering (Y11) - 51
  • Jack Badley (Y10) - 51
  • Sophie Lloyd (Y11) - 50
  • Samuel Hand (Y10) - 50
  • Sam Lockwood (Y9) - 50
  • George Clark (Y11) - 49


  • Bailey Francis (Y11) - 46
  • Samuel Wilson (Y11) - 45
  • James Booker (Y11) - 44
  • Nicholas Beaumont (Y11) - 44
  • Joe Marshall (Y9) - 44
  • Nuala Mckenna (Y11) - 43
  • Abigail Ringrose (Y9) - 40
  • Owen Lucas (Y9) - 40
  • Amy Frith (Y9) - 40
  • James Alexander (Y9) - 39
  • Alex Wroughton (Y11) - 37
  • Megan Booth (Y9) - 37

2nd March 2015: Author of the Month for MarchToot Hill School

Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney was born in 1971 in Maryland and attended the University of Maryland in the early 1990s. It was there that Jeff ran a comic strip called “Igdoof” in the campus newspaper, and he knew he wanted to be a cartoonist.

However, Jeff was not successful in getting his comic strip syndicated after college, and in 1998 he started writing down ideas for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which he hoped to turn into a book. Jeff worked on the book for six years before publishing it online on Funbrain.com in daily instalments. To date, the online version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid has more than 80 million visits, and is typically read by more than 70,000 kids a day.

In 2006, Jeff signed a multi-book deal with publisher Harry N. Abrams, Inc. to turn Diary of a Wimpy Kid into a print series.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid was released in April 2007 and quickly became a New York Times bestseller, eventually reaching the number 1 spot.   Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules was released in January 2008 and also became a number 1 bestseller.

In 2007, Jeff also created Poptropica.com, where he continues to work full-time as the creative and editorial director.  Jeff lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.

Information taken from: http://www.wimpykid.com/about-the-author/

1st March 2015: UK Intermediate Maths ChallengeMeden School

More than 4,000 schools across the UK returned scripts for the Intermediate Maths Challenge aimed at year 11 students, with the top 7 percent of students nationally receiving a gold certificate, the next 13 percent silver and the next 20 percent bronze.

Our maths students proved top of the class as they achieved 7 silver and 15 bronze awards in this year’s UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge. An amazing achievement!!

Well done to those in 11m1:


Alex Harrison and Niamh O’Donnell (who both received best in school), Harry Sisson, Sean Temple, Jenny Dobb and Charlie Collier


Dylan Constable, Jordan Drury, Hannah Dothwaite, Anthony Ellis, Lucy Smalley, Charlotte Barlow and Ebony West

Also a huge well done to 10m1 who have sat the paper a year early – some fantastic results and a significant achievement.


Mia Slaney (best in year 10, and beat all but 4 pupils in year 11).


Ebony Pearson, Jack Maddison, Jack Chinery, Molly Chambers, Joe Morrell, Luke Hind, Nathan Holmes and Beth Hodgkinson.

Well done to these students and all students in 10/11 m1 who took part.

27th February 2015: Year 11 Most ImprovedMeden School

The maths department would like to recognise the exceptional progress of our year 11 students, in particular the most improved. The following students have made an enormous effort this term, and as a result of this their mock exam results have shown them that their hard work will pay off. A big well done to them all:

Alex Harrison, Lucy Smalley, Jenny Dobb, Harry Sisson, Elizabeth Dawn, Rebecca Bridges, James Seddon, Bradley Siviter, Ellie Edson, Abby Daniels, Jayden Hilton, Beth Lock, Courtney Wood, Mitchell Parker, Lersak Coxon, Jade linford, Jake loverly, Jack Foster, Joe Parsons, Jordan Yemm, Thomas West and Nathan Shreeves.


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 Social Sciences - Closing Date: 05/03/15 (today)

Visit NUSA for more information and an application form.


Teacher of Physics - Closing Date: 05/03/15 (today)

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Teacher of Mathematics - Closing Date: 05/03/15 (today)

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Teacher of English - Closing Date: 05/03/15 (today)

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Lead Teacher of Media - Closing Date: 05/03/15 (today)

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Joint Head of Technology - Closing Date: 05/03/15 (today)

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Head of Business Studies and Law - Closing Date: 05/03/15 (today)

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Torch Academy Gateway Trust

Class Teacher - Birklands Primary School - Closing Date: 06/03/15 (1 day to go)

Download an application form in Word format or PDF format.


Teacher of Maths - Closing Date: 09/03/15 (4 days to go)

Visit NUAST for more information and an application form.

Djanogly City Academy

PA to the Principal - Closing Date: 10/03/15 (5 days to go)

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Toot Hill School

Maths - 2nd in Dept - Closing Date: 12/03/15 (7 days to go)

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Toot Hill School

Maths - Performance Director - Closing Date: 12/03/15 (7 days to go)

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Carer - Closing Date: 13/03/15 (8 days to go)

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Finance Officer - Closing Date: 13/03/15 (8 days to go)

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Toot Hill School

Food - Teacher of - Closing Date: 17/03/15 (12 days to go)

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Toot Hill School

Art - Performance Director - Closing Date: 19/03/15 (14 days to go)

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Meden School

Relief Cleaner - Closing Date: 01/07/15 (118 days to go)

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Meden School

Midday Supervisor - Closing Date: 01/07/15 (118 days to go)

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Exam Invigilator - Closing Date: 31/08/15 (179 days to go)

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Contact Us

Torch Academy Gateway Trust
c/o Toot Hill School
The Banks
Nottingham NG13 8BL

01949 863020