5th February 2016: Lloyds Banking Class CareersDjanogly City Academy
Great afternoon for Year 9 mathematics students – live apprenticeship input from Lloyds Banking group @ClassCareers #CCinsight
3rd February 2016: Toot Hill School secures the NACE Challenge award for the second timeToot Hill School
NACE Challenge Award Re-accreditation
Toot Hill School is the 91st school nationally to achieve the prestigious NACE Challenge Award for the second time. Re accreditation of this Award is given for sustaining high quality work by the whole school, teachers and governors, in challenging all pupils, including those with high abilities, to achieve their best over the last four years.
NACE Chief Executive Hilary Lowe said: “Toot Hill School has worked hard to win NACE Challenge Award Re-accreditation status. It has shown itself to be committed to developing a school and providing an education where all pupils are challenged to be the best they can be.”
The award is given by NACE: the National Association for Able Children in Education, a leading national education organisation and registered charity established for over 30 years. The association exists to help the daily work of teachers providing for pupils with high abilities whilst enabling all pupils to flourish. It provides advice, training and resources for teachers, including the NACE Challenge Award Self-Evaluation Framework which Toot Hill School has used to review and plan what it provides for more able, gifted and talented pupils. Many thousands of primary and secondary schools are using The NACE Challenge Award Framework to develop their work.
To achieve the award for a second time is most challenging, and the award is only given when schools demonstrate that they have sustained a high level of quality provision over the last four years and addressed any development points from their last assessment. NACE Assessors were impressed by the strong leadership and management of provision, which keeps the needs of more able learners at the forefront of the school’s work, supported effectively by governors. They judged the quality of the school’s work by observing lessons, interviewing the pupils, teachers, parents and governors and by looking at the pupils’ work. The accreditation was made on the basis of the high quality seen across the school and the commitment to continuing to ensure high quality provision for more able, gifted and talented pupils for years to come.
January 2016 Hilary Lowe, Chief Executive
3rd February 2016: Collection of coursework from the completion of GCSE/AS/A2 courses from 2015Toot Hill School
Students need to collect their coursework from the completion of their GCSE/AS/A2 courses from summer 2015. Please speak to a member of Art staff to arrange collection of work. Work must be collected by Easter.
3rd February 2016: Library VisitBirklands School
Just a quick reminder that the Kittiwake Class will be visiting Warsop Library on Friday 5th February - So children will need their library cards to borrow any books.
1st February 2016: INSET day Friday 12th February 2016NUAST
A reminder to parents of all NUAST pupils that Friday 12th February is an INSET day and the Academy will therefore be closed to all pupils.
29th January 2016: Booktrust Challenge February 2016Toot Hill School
This is the 3rd book in our Booktrust Challenge. Another chance to earn yourself 25 credit points.
Smart by Kim Slater
"Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and longlisted for the 2015 Carnegie Medal, Kim Slater's outstanding debut, Smart, is moving and compelling novel with a loveable character at its heart. 'I found Jean's friend dead in the river. His name was Colin Kirk. He was a homeless man, but he still wanted to live.' There's been a murder, but the police don't care. It was only a homeless old man after all. Kieran cares. He's made a promise, and when you say something out loud, that means you're going to do it, for real. He's going to find out what really happened. To Colin. And to his grandma, who just stopped coming round one day. It's a good job Kieran's a master of observation, and knows all the detective tricks of the trade. But being a detective is difficult when you're Kieran Woods. When you're amazing at drawing but terrible at fitting in. And when there are dangerous secrets everywhere, not just outside, but under your own roof."
29th January 2016: Author of the Month - February 2016 - Suzanne CollinsToot Hill School
Suzanne Marie Collins is an American television writer and novelist, best known as the author of The New York Times best selling series The Underland Chronicles and The Hunger Games trilogy.
She was born on August 10, 1962, Hartford, Connecticut, United States.
Alice in Wonderland inspired her to write The Underland Chronicles, but as it was based in New York, you are more likely to fall down manhole covers than rabbit holes!
The Hunger Games Trilogy, is an international bestseller. The Hunger Games has spent over six years to date on The New York Times bestseller list since publication in September 2008. It has been sold into 56 territories in 51 languages.
28th January 2016: Year 10 Super 8's Indoor Cricket teamDjanogly City Academy
Please could you congratulate the Year 10 Indoor Cricket team who reached the Super 8's finals on Thursday 28th Janraury. The boys performed extremely well in a tense game against Bluecoat, winning by four runs.
The finals will be on Thursday 11th February.
Wafa Bhatti Bhatti
Man of the Match: Harris Muhammed
27th January 2016: Year 13 Parents Evening- Wednesday 3rd February 5.00pm-7.00pmNUAST
Year 13 students today received their parents evening letters and appointment cards for next weeks parents evening on Wednesday 3rd February 5.00pm-7.00pm at NUAST. Students should be making appointments with their teachers for you throughout this week. Mr Edwards will also be available to discuss next steps for students.
We hope to see you next week.
22nd January 2016: Year 12 Mock exams- week beginning 1st February 2016NUAST
Formal Mock exams for NUAST A level students will take place on the week of 1st February, so students need to be working hard on their revision right now!
Timetables were given to students on Monday 25th Jan- if you need a spare timetable please see your Mentor.
- 9th Feb 2016: The start of the tote bags in textiles... https://t.co/BsKYfpHjdS
- 9th Feb 2016: Word of The Week - 'Raconteur' meaning storyteller, relater, recounter, teller of stories, spinner of yarns. Can you use it during the week?
- 9th Feb 2016: @NUAST #greenpower #team with Mr Wiltshire sharing exciting competition hopes @NottinghamPost #teamnuast https://t.co/b0Ps8W9yer
- 9th Feb 2016: Before and after from baking club... https://t.co/WifsfWOX2r
- 8th Feb 2016: Superb Bollywood dancing in PE today. Great synchronisation shown by all participants!
- 8th Feb 2016: Shannon Jepson #posthair donation in aid of @LPTrustUK This followed her jaw dropping speech #justwow https://t.co/Kxb26o5vKL
- 8th Feb 2016: Our Year 12 female #STEM students in Barvaria for 2 weeks #Erasmus @SasieTraining #renewableenergy https://t.co/66jlu0kAKQ
- 5th Feb 2016: Yr9 support Djanogly Northgate in their NSPCC number day.Teaching & Learning at it’s best-good fun/great experience https://t.co/YVMdCbBnX0
- 5th Feb 2016: Great afternoon for 9Ma1 – live apprenticeship input from Lloyds Banking group @ClassCareers #CCinsight https://t.co/KTHs9PLQF4
- 5th Feb 2016: #malhi'sarmy of students raising money for #LittlePrincessTrust Amazing girls supporting a special cause https://t.co/IFHAD7ij2s
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
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 a Director of the Torch Academy Gateway Trust.
Vice CEO Torch Academy Gateway Trust
David is currently Principal at Djanogly City Academy. He previously led Meden School in Market Warsop out of special measures and delivered 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.
Vice CEO Torch Academy Gateway Trust
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.
Djanogly City Academy
Torch Academy Gateway Trust
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Nottingham NG13 8BL