Welcome

An Inclusive Multi-Academy Trust

The Torch Academy Gateway Trust is a dynamic and growing Multi Academy Trust based in the East Midlands. Our Trust 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. The schools in our portfolio includes both secondary and primaries, working in a range of contexts. We also run a successful School Centred Initial Teacher Training programme and a Teaching School Alliance which links 23 schools together sharing effective practice and developing new models for staff development.

News

27th March 2017: Intermediate Maths ChallengeNottingham Free School

In February 40 of our top year 9 students entered the UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge.

The UKMT maths challenges are entered by over 600,000 students from over 4,000 schools across the UK and the intermediate level is aimed at students in years 9-11. The challenge consists of multiple choice questions designed to stimulate interest in mathematics, as it is entirely problem and logic solving using mathematical knowledge, it is very different to the 'traditional' style questions students see in class and assessments.

Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates are only awarded to the top 40% of students nationally and we are really proud of the following students for gaining a bronze certificate; Khulh Elgareidi, Molly Doran and Kaylan Wroblewski. A number of other students only missed out on a certificate by a couple of points and I am sure that as they move through to year 10 and 11 we will see more certificates gained at Nottingham Free School.

Have ago at one of the question above, could you have been in the top 40% of students?

Future challenges: UKMT Team Maths Challenge 28th March and UKMT Junior Maths Challenge (Year 7-8) 27th April.

27th March 2017: Y9 GCSE Music Primary School VisitNottingham Free School

Today, the Y9 GCSE Music group visited Haydn Primary School to perform in front of all the pupils there. There was a variety of instrumental performances such as singing, piano, flute and guitar. The pupils performed really well and the pupils at Haydn seemed to really enjoy the performances. The performance was to prepare the pupils for their GCSE performance mark and to increase their confidence with performing in front of an audience. Well done to all those who performed!

27th March 2017: Carnegie Award 2017!Nottingham Free School

The shortlist for this year's Carnegie Award has been announced and our students and staff are now challenging themselves to read as many of them as they can! Take a look at the website for more information: http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/

24th March 2017: Samba, Samba!!Nottingham Free School

Today, all Y7 pupils and 2 classes of Y8 pupils were participating in a Samba Workshop. Pupils got the opportunity to work in an Samba band and play a variety of Samba instruments and rhythms. Although it was challenging, the pupils created their own samba performance including an introduction and four layered rhythms! Well done!!

24th March 2017: Design and TechnologyDjanogly City Academy

The Year 11 Product design students have done a fantastic job getting all their practical work completed on time. The quality and innovation this year has been amazing.

Students have used a variety of materials, ranging from; Acrylic, Ply-wood, Polypropylene to Pine. They have also used different techniques and machines to create their products; Wood Lathe, Laser engraver, hand tools etc.

We are very proud of both classes for their consistent hard work and dedication to the subject, attending after school interventions and holiday workshops. This will be continued up until the exam with theory classes and exam revision.

24th March 2017: 'A Week in the Life of a SCITT Trainee'SCITT

'If you have just finished university, like I had, used to not really being accountable for the majority of hours in a day, then be prepared for a bit of a change.

As a SCITT trainee who is about to enter their third term, you treasure every minute you have and actually, you realise just how incredibly productive you can be. In 10 minutes you become able to print your work sheets off for the year 7 class you have next, create a questions box for PSHE that you have period 4 and make a cup of tea and steal a biscuit or two from a colleague. You become the master of nailing the 'to do' list.

Yes, at times, that is hard because you never quite get to the bottom of it. Just when you think you have, 5 students wow you in lesson and you decide to phone home to emphasise just how incredibly proud you are or you take on a new after school club that needs planning or maybe a student just wants to come and talk to you. However, such occurrences are the most rewarding thing, so you don't mind the fact it's become a tiny bit longer because the benefits will be invaluable. Students will come up and thank you and when they do, that's when you know you're doing alright. Even if it does feel as though you're juggling 20 balls in the air at the same time. That thank you made it worth while.

And if the worst happens and for a moment you drop one, you share that momentary blip with a fellow trainee who has no doubt felt exactly the same before. So they pick you back up and they dust you off and you carry on and in a week's time, you'll be there for someone else's blip.

Be ready to work hard, treasure every minute and make some incredible friends along the way.'

Jo Day (NTS English)

23rd March 2017: Year10 Make Clay Hats for their project based on Alice's Adventure In WonderlandDjanogly City Academy

To complete their Art project this term both 10X & 10W have made ceramic Hats inspired by the Mad Hatter from the story of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

Students have used slab making techniques to produce the hat, after firing students applied paint and added decoration to complete their hat to their own individual design.

23rd March 2017: Year 7 CricketDjanogly City Academy

Congratulations to the Year 7 boys who won both games of cricket at the City Schools Indoor Cricket Championships last night.

The team beat Farnborough by 40 runs in the first game, then they beat The Trinity School by 1 run in the second game.

Team:

  • Zain Ali
  • Issa Ali
  • Aquib Javed
  • Farhad Ahmad
  • Awais Hussain
  • Aqueeb Choudary
  • Ali Raj
  • Haashim Shahzad

23rd March 2017: SILVER MEDAL WINNERSNewark Academy

The year 7 girls played in the last domestic Netball tournament of the school calendar. WOW!! what a tournament it was! The commitment, attitude and skill shown by all the girls was amazing. Through the first round, played as a round robin league format, the girls shone by winning all four matches; Becket 6 – 0, Toothill 3 – 1, Carlton Le Willows 10 – 0, and Ashfield 9 – 2. An amazing 28 goals scored with only 3 against. This placed us in one of the semi-final matches and were drawn against Fernwood School, we knew that the games were just about to become a lot harder. The girls stepped up to the pressure and played some amazing netball, against a very strong side, finally winning 3 – 0. On to the Gold medal match. Again the competition was strong with some brilliant players. Nottingham Girls High School fielded an exceptionally strong team and came out on top. Year 7 girls are Silver Medal winners! AMAZING!!

An amazing achievement to come second in a very strong competition. Well done girls.

22nd March 2017: Year 7 Sporting SuccessNUSA

The year 7 football team reached the City semi-finals last Thursday against a very strong Nottingham Academy, including several academy players, the students narrowly lost 2 – 1. Conceding in the second half of injury time. I was so proud of all students, their attitude and determination was exceptional. Despite the tears at full time, they still managed to smile for the photo. Please congratulate all students involved.

I also took the Year 7 Rugby team to the Nottingham city competition last night. NUSA won every game they played in last night. With numerous students being scouted as a result from their performance. Dayton Lancaster was the star of the show scoring 6 trys

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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 at NUAST and NUSA.

John Mills

Chair Torch Academy Gateway Trust Board of Directors

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 Chair of Directors for the Torch Academy Gateway Trust.

David Hooker

Trust Director
Vice CEO Torch Academy Gateway Trust
Executive Principal, Djanogly

David is currently Executive Principal at Djanogly City Academy where in 2015 the school secured it’s best ever results. In 2015 the Academy moved out of special measures under David’s leadership and is continuing to develop and improve.

Prior to his role at Djanogly, David led Meden School in Market Warsop out of special measures, securing an OFSTED ‘Good’ rating in 2014. 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
Executive Headteacher: Toot Hill School and Newark Academy

Ashfaq is currently Executive Head Teacher with responsibility for Toot Hill School and Newark Academy. Ashfaq became Head of School at Toot Hill School in 2012 and under his leadership the school has secured excellent examination results that have placed it amongst the highest preforming secondary schools in the East Midlands. In 2016, 84% of students secured English and Maths (Basic) and the school achieved a progress 8 figure of 0.3.

Ashfaq is now developing a Trust wide approach to securing high achievement and working closely with all Heads of School. He has recently applied to become an Ofsted lead inspector and a National Leader of Education. He has vast experience in governance and working collaboratively with other local schools and trusts.

Previously, as Deputy Headteacher at Toot Hill School, Ashfaq led the achievement agenda. He also specialises in personalised learning, tracking and the use of data, school improvement and school standards.

Christopher James

Trust Director
Executive Headteacher: Meden School, Torch Teaching School Alliance, Nottinghamshire Torch Scitt and Torch Progress Boards

Christopher James joined the Trust in 2015. He is currently Executive Headteacher at Meden School in Market Warsop and is also responsible for developing the quality of teaching across the trust. This includes the CPD Programme, shared curriculum provision and training institutions.

As Executive Head teacher at Alfreton Grange from 2015, Christopher made a significant impact in transforming the school. Progress 8 in 2015 was -0.87 and this rose to +0.05 in 2016. Previously Christopher was Headteacher of Garibaldi College in Mansfield which he led from satisfactory to Ofsted Good within 9 months and improved results dramatically from 46% of students achieving 5+ A*-C including English and Maths in 2011 to 70% in 2014. This put Garibaldi College in the top 5% of all schools in the country in terms of progress.

Christopher specialises in rebuilding schools that are in special measures and developing confidence and creativity in schools that are classed as ‘coasting.’

Helen Duffy

Primary Executive Headteacher: Birklands Primary and Victoria Primary

Helen Duffy became part of the Trust Executive team in 2015. She is responsible for Birklands Primary School in Market Warsop and Victoria Primary School in the Meadows area of Nottingham. IN 2016 Birklands Primary secured its best ever KS1 and KS2 outcomes securing 65% in R/W/M at Key Stage 2 with a progress score for maths in the top 20% of schools nationally.

Previously Helen lead Sherwood Primary School in Market Warsop and took the school from 'Satisfactory' in 2011 to a secure 'Good' in 2014. Whilst there she was also responsible for leading on assessment and teaching and learning. Helen has recently undertaken training in undertaking Pupil Premium reviews.

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

Statutory Documents

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 leading to the school being awarded an OFSTED 'Good' rating in 2014.

Nottingham Free School

Nottingham Free School opened in September 2014, serving the Sherwood, Carrington, Mapperely and Mapperely Park areas of Nottingham. The school delivers a distinctive offer, running an compulsory extended school day which provides both study and enrichment opportunities for its students. Initially opening for just Year 7, the school now has 270 pupils and is oversubscribed in every year.

Newark Academy

Newark Academy is an 11-18 secondary school which joined the Trust in September 2016. Since Newark Academy became part of the Trust we have introduced a new school leadership team who are making rapid and sustained improvements to every aspect of life in the school. The school is housed in a new, purpose built facility which was opened in January 2016.

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. In 2016 Birklands Primary secured its best ever KS1 and KS2 outcomes securing 65% in R/W/M at Key Stage 2 with a progress score for maths in the top 20% of schools nationally. The Trust has invested heavily in improving both the education provision and learning environment at the school with a new playground installed in 2016.

Victoria Primary

Victoria Primary School joined the Trust in September 2016. Replacing Riverside Primary School, Victoria serves the Meadows community with a 2 form entry.

Partnership Schools

NUSA

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.

NUAST

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.

Nottinghamshire Torch TSA

An Inclusive Teaching School Alliance

The Nottinghamshire 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.

Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT

Based at Toot Hill Bingham, Nottinghamshire, our SCITT offers school based Primary and Secondary Teacher training in a range of schools and subjects.

We offer School Centred Initial Teacher Training across a range of Nottinghamshire Schools in partnership with the University of Nottingham. This allows students to train in schools, through classroom based experience with the support of a school based mentor, securing a PGCE qualification at the end of the year.

We also provide School Direct placements in a range of schools in Nottinghamshire at both primary and secondary level.

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

When completing your online application form, if you have any questions or need any assistance, please email our recruitment support provider here and include the advert reference in the subject line. Alternatively, please call 01509 236 434 for assistance.

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Toot Hill School

ICT Support Officer

Closing Date: Mon 17th Apr 2017 9am

Salary: £20661 - £24964

Type: Permanent / Full Time

Summary: An exciting opportunity has arisen in our ICT department for an organised, approachable and proactive individual to join the team.

Nottingham Free School

Teacher of Science Biology, Chemistry or Physics

Closing Date: Tue 18th Apr 2017 9am

Salary: Competitive

Type: Permanent / Full Time

Summary: A unique opportunity for an enthusiastic, innovative teacher with a desire to work within our motto, 'work hard be kind' and be part of an excellent new educational provision. The individual will require a flexible approach as the school develops. The successful candidate for this full time position of teacher of Science needs to be able to teach the full ability and age range as we grow to an 11-18 school.

NUAST

Head of Maths

Closing Date: Mon 27th Mar 2017 (today)

Visit NUAST for more information and an application form.

Firbeck Academy

Lead Teacher of the Deaf

Closing Date: Mon 3rd Apr 2017 (7 days to go)

Visit Firbeck Academy for more information and an application form.

Firbeck Academy

Teacher of the Deaf

Closing Date: Mon 3rd Apr 2017 (7 days to go)

Visit Firbeck Academy for more information and an application form.

NUAST

Invigilator

Closing Date: Sun 30th Apr 2017 (34 days to go)

Visit NUAST for more information and an application form.

Contact Us

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