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.


16th September 2014: Four easy steps to retrieve your e-mailsToot Hill School

When you reserve a book in the LL, we will send an email to inform you that your book is ready to collect.  The following information will help you access your e-mails at home so you can keep an eye out for that book you are desperately wanting to read.

  1. Visit www.toothillschool.co.uk.
  2. Select Study Support > E-mail Access.
  3. Insert your E-mail Address, for example 12JBloggs@toothillschool.co.uk
  4. Type in the Password you chose for your e-mail account and press Sign in…Bingo!

Hope this information helps you retrieve your e-mails.

16th September 2014: England Honours for OliviaToot Hill School

Olivia Whitelaw (Y7), together with her two ponies has been very successful in her horse riding, and in particular her dressage activities, she is an active member of the Northern England British Dressage region, and represents the Northern England region in various competitions during the year. At a National level, Olivia is the reigning 2014 UK British Dressage Young Riders Inter-regional Fledgling Champion , and she was privileged earlier this year to also be selected to ride for England at the 2014 British Dressage Home International held  in Wales, where she also was crowned 2014 Home International Fledgling Champion. As part of the Northern Region Olivia is requested to attend three training camps each year,  the next of which is in November. Good luck! PE Department.

15th September 2014: Literacy Legends Summer Term Update 2014Toot Hill School

Summer Term 2014 saw a resurgence of Literacy Legends.  Tutor groups went into battle again, borrowing books and making sure they didn't become overdue (some tutor groups were better than others!!).  

Our winners in Year 7 for Books Borrowed and Least Overdues went to Miss Weld and 7.11.  However, in the Year 8 camp, the winner of Books Borrowed was Miss Noone and 8.5 (again) and Least Overdues was snaffled by 8.8 and Mr Cocks!

Well Done to everybody who embraced The 'Lovely' Learning Lounge Literacy Legends Competition; try saying that quickly!  

We will hopefully look forward to engaging our new Year 7's in the spirit of Literacy Legends.

Again, we took a bunch of 13 enthusiastic students to Waterstones on Wednesday July 9th for a very relaxed afternoon of browsing books and refreshment rewards. Included in our selected few, and well deserved, were our 'Short Story Word of the Week' competition winners.  If you would like to read their short stories they have now been published and in the Learning Lounge for a five minute reading pleasure.  

Some interesting titles were chosen by our lovely few, including Let it Snow by John Green, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and Storm Thief by Chris Wooding.  Keep your eyes peeled in the Learning Lounge for these and more new books to enjoy. 

15th September 2014: Year 11 A-A* ClubToot Hill School

Please see Mrs Solly for a letter to the following after school sessions:

  • Thursday 9th October 2014- AR2-3.30pm-4.30pm
  • Thursday 16th October 2014- AR2-3.30pm-4.30pm
  • Thursday 6th November 2014- AR2-3.30pm-4.30pm
  • Thursday 6th November 2014-AR2- 3.30pm-4.30pm

This is a fantastic opportunity to you to refine your work further, experiment with further media and techniques and develop your work with further responses.

15th September 2014: The Big Draw: Arise & SketchToot Hill School

The gifted and talented year 7 pupils of Toot Hill School will experiment with drawing to create personal drawing skills books as well as a resolved piece using the skills acquired. By taking part in a range of drawing workshops the students will learn what techniques allow them to create successful, creative and exciting images. They will use these skills to develop this knowledge and artistic skills set to realise their intentions in a finished piece. 


When: 4th Nov 2014

12th September 2014: Biathlon Training SessionToot Hill School

Miss Matthews will run a specialist Biathlon training session after school on Friday 12th September until 5pm. You will need to bring your swimming and PE kit with appropriate running shoes. If you would like to find out more please speak to Miss Matthews. All years welcome.

11th September 2014: Extracurricular FootballToot Hill School

Well over a hundred boys and girls attended the first football training sessions of the year on Wednesday evening. With A, B and possibly C teams in some year groups there will be healthy competition for places. Squads will be announced in the coming weeks as we approach the first round of fixtures. All pupils are welcome to attend training on Wednesday evenings whether you're the next England Captain or just looking to play for fun. PE Department

11th September 2014: European Day of LanguagesToot Hill School

We're organising lots of exciting events for European Day of Languages on 26th September - we can't wait to share them with you!

We'll be revealing more information, as well as starting up competitions, on our MFL Twitter account so follow us now @toothillmfl...if you're not in it, you can't win it!

11th September 2014: NUAST opens its doors to studentsNUAST

The Nottingham Academy of Science and Technology open its doors to over 100 new studnts this week as it welcomed its first cohort of year 10 and 12 students.

10th September 2014: Stout effort from HarryToot Hill School

Congratulations to our Year 8 student, Robbie Stout, who has been invited to train with the GB Schools Modern Biathlon team. The Modern Biathlon consists of a separate swim and run for all age groups with the distances depending on the competitor’s age. Robbie is faced with a 100m swim followed by 1600m run. Finishing times are converted to points, with the final positions being decided by the total number of points achieved overall after both disciplines. Well done! PE Department


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

Toot Hill School

Administration Manager to the Director of the Teaching School - Closing Date: 19/09/14 (2 days to go)

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

Nottingham Free School

Subject Technician - Closing Date: 19/09/14 (2 days to go)

Visit Nottingham Free School for more information and an application form.

Nottingham Free School

Student Welfare Office - Closing Date: 19/09/14 (2 days to go)

Visit Nottingham Free School for more information and an application form.

Toot Hill School

Catering Assistant - Closing Date: 26/09/14 (9 days to go)

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

Contact Us

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

01949 863 053