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.


1st April 2016: Newark Academy transfer to the Torch Academy Gateway TrustTorch Academy Gateway Trust

The Lincoln College Academy Trust (LCAT) and Torch Academy Gateway Trust (TAGT) would like to announce that the Department for Education has agreed the transfer of Newark Academy from LCAT TAGT.

The transfer is expected to be completed for the start of the autumn term.

CEO of the Torch Academy Gateway Trust, John Tomasevic, said:

“The LCAT has worked very hard over the last few years to rebuild the reputation of Newark Academy. They have made many positive changes at the Academy and have overseen the completion of an excellent new school building.

“TAGT are proven local secondary education providers and LCAT have asked us to take on the next stage of Newark Academy’s journey towards delivering high quality education and outcomes for the young people of Newark.

“We will continue to work closely with the LCAT, utilising their extensive expertise in further education to ensure that Newark students have access to the very best education pathways.” 

Chair of LCAT Keith Batty said:

“The continuation of Newark Academy’s journey of improvement has always been the principal focus of LCAT.

“We are delighted that the TAGT has agreed to take Newark Academy into its Trust. Their proven track record for excellence in secondary education will enable continued growth and enhanced performance.

“We know TAGT has ambitions for further provision in the town and we feel strongly that this is a time for collaboration in the interests of our pupils and education provision in Newark.

“We understand this could be a worrying time for these school communities and we will work closely with the new sponsors to ensure an orderly transfer, minimising disruption to pupils, staff and families.”

Lincoln College Group CEO Gary Headland, said:

“We are committed to developing education and skills in Newark, and to working closely with local employers to produce a highly skilled and productive local workforce for them.   

“As Members of the LCAT, we agreed with the recommendation to the Regional Schools Commissioner that the Academy should be transferred to a schools-based sponsor as this would be in the best interests of the students and could accelerate the transformation of educational provision.

“TAGT will continue to work with Lincoln College Group via Newark College to develop business-led, career focused pathways into jobs for its students.

“By addressing the education and training needs of the Town together, we will be able to offer a broad spectrum of provision to raise the aspirations and achievement of young people in the area.”

19th March 2016: Nova Education Trust: Proposed MergerTorch Academy Gateway Trust

As you will undoubtedly appreciate the government has set out significant challenges for academies to meet in order to secure every child’s future in a competitive global marketplace.

To meet these challenges, it has become evident that academies/schools are stronger working together rather than operating in competition.  For some time, the Torch Academy Gateway Trust; Djanogly Learning Trust; Nottingham University Samworth Academies Trust and Nottingham University Academy for Science and Technology have been working closely together in order to secure high achievement for every child in their respective trusts.

The Directors of these four Trusts are proposing that the trusts merge into one Trust – Nova Education Trust.  In order to progress this, we are consulting with all key stakeholders and interested parties.  Details of our business case can be found at: www.novaeducationtrust.net

Also at this address is a response form for you to complete, should you wish to do so.

The consultation period will start on 21st March 2016 and end on 24th May 2016.  At the end of the consultation period Directors will consider all responses and provide a commentary. All of this will be available on the website above.

We are all excited by the potential of this trust and hope that you will view it as a positive move in supporting children and securing their futures.

29th April 2016: Year 12 Reports out todayNUAST

Parents are advised that the second Year 12 report of the school year has been given to students today.

28th April 2016: Nottingham university visitNottingham Free School

A group of ten Year 7 students took part in a special day at the University of Nottingham on Monday 25th April, as part of the Ambition Nottingham scheme.  They learned all about what university life is like, from the types of study and range of courses to the extra-curricular opportunities and societies.  They also interviewed students and went on a tour of the beautiful campus.  

28th April 2016: Beat the StreetNottingham Free School

Nottingham Free School have entered an exciting competition in Nottingham which started the 27th April.  The objective of the competition is to see how far we can walk, cycle and run around Nottingham.

Beat the Street is being delivered on behalf of the National Charity Partnership – a collaboration between Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Tesco. The competition will run in Nottingham from 27 April – 08 June 2016.  Students score points and win prizes by walking, cycling or running from point to point and tapping a registered and activated Beat the Street RFID (Radio Frequency ID) card or Fob on sensors (Beat Boxes) which are placed on lamp posts across the dedicated routes where the game is being played. A player taps their Beat the Street card or fob at various points on their way to and from work, school and to the shops. Registered players can win regular spot prizes for a ‘lucky tap’ on a Beat Box. To be eligible to win a prize, players must be registered. The more Beat Boxes you tap, the further you travel and the greater your chance of winning a prize. Players can also join teams by choosing from the list on the registration page. There are lots of prizes up for grabs for individuals and teams taking part in Beat the Street. Daily lucky tap prizes include £25 Decathlon vouchers. Additionally, one prize goodie bag will be won by one pupil per participating school every week.

Leaderboards We have 2 leaderboards: Total Points & Average Points. For each of these leaderboards there will be 3 cascading prizes as follows:

  • 1st place £1000 of Decathlon vouchers
  • 2nd place £500 of Decathlon vouchers
  • 3rd place £250 of Decathlon vouchers

Students were given their fobs, parents cards and maps during assembly yesterday (27th April 16).  If students misplace their fob then please see Mrs Gray. 

Good luck everyone, let the games begin!!

28th April 2016: Scrabble Tile Key-Rings and Pictures For SaleToot Hill School

Come and check out APEX’s (Year 12 Young Enterprise venture) Scrabble Tile Key-Rings and Scrabble Tile Pictures displayed for you to buy in the Learning Lounge.  Key Rings are £1.50 each or 2 for £2.00, and Pictures are: Small £6.00: Large £8.00.

28th April 2016: Word of the Week ListToot Hill School

The English Department have been putting together 'Word of the Week' this year.  Here is the list of so far:

Word of the Week 2015/16

Abhorrent         Inspiring disgust and loathing; repugnant.

Benevolent         Well-meaning and kindly.

Countenance       A person’s face or facial expression.

Solitude             A state of isolation.

Abominable        Causing moral revulsion

Indignation         Anger or annoyance started by what someone believes to be unfair treatment.

Fortitude           Courage in pain or adversity (when you are in a difficult or pleasant situation).

Aplomb              Self-confidence, especially in difficult or demanding situations.

Behemoth          Any creature or thing of monstrous size or power.

Dishevelled        Something or someone that is disorganised, messy, and unkempt.

Elate                 To make (someone) extremely happy.

Facetious           Treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humour; flippant.

Gregarious         Sociable; enjoys the company of others.

Habitual             Done constantly or as a habit; doing something constantly or regularly.

Intrepid            Fearless; adventurous

Jaunty               Having a cheerful, lively and self-confident expression.

Knave                A dishonest, deceitful and unreliable scoundrel.

Languish            Lose or lack vitality; grow weak; to be forced to remain in an unpleasant place or situation.

Multifarious       Occurring in great variety.

Negligence         Failure to act with the prudence of a reasonable person.

Ominous             Threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments.

Prognosticate     Make a prediction; tell in advance.

Resolute            Having a fixed purpose; being determined.

Sedulous            Showing dedication and being careful and conscientious.

Troglodytic        Resembling a primitive cave man; a person considered to be reclusive, reactionary, out of      date.

Umber               (n.) Yellow brown colour, usually used to describe earth.

26th April 2016: Happy Birthday Shakespeare!NUAST

A lovely afternoon with Year 10, celebrating the great Bard's 400th birthday! Students worked in teams to read and perform Shakespeare's plays and how they are still so relevant today! Well done Year 10!

26th April 2016: Drop Everything and Read!Nottingham Free School

From Tuesday 3 May, we will be starting DEAR for all students! This means that for 10/15 minutes every day at a certain time, the whole school will simply read! This is a fantastic opportunity to increase reading skills and to escape into another world. Many of the students have already told me they are looking forward to this new part of their school day.

(Every student needs to have a reading book on them at all times.)

26th April 2016: Carnegie AwardNottingham Free School

Many of our students are having a go at reading the eight books on the Carnegie shortlist. The prestigious Carnegie Medal is awarded every year for the best novel for children and young adults. The winner will be announced on June 20th. Here is the shortlist if you'd like to join in! My favourite so far is Fire Colour One; what's yours?

One by Sarah Crossan

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine 


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.

John Mills

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.

David Hooker

Trust Director
Vice CEO Torch Academy Gateway Trust
Principal, Djanogly

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.

Ashfaq Rahman

Trust Director
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.

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

Djanogly City Academy

Behaviour Manager - Closing Date: 03/05/16 (1 day to go)

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Djanogly City Academy

Site Manager - Closing Date: 03/05/16 (1 day to go)

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Djanogly City Academy

Teacher of Biology + £5K - Closing Date: 03/05/16 (1 day to go)

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Djanogly City Academy

Teacher of Physics + £5K - Closing Date: 03/05/16 (1 day to go)

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Djanogly City Academy

Teacher of Chemistry + £5K - Closing Date: 03/05/16 (1 day to go)

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Djanogly City Academy

HR Administrative Apprentice - Closing Date: 05/05/16 (3 days to go)

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Djanogly City Academy

SENCO + TLR1B + £5K - Closing Date: 06/05/16 (4 days to go)

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Riverside Primary

Classroom Teacher - KS2 - Closing Date: 09/05/16 (7 days to go)

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Riverside Primary

Assistant Head of School - KS1 - Closing Date: 09/05/16 (7 days to go)

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Riverside Primary

Assistant Head of School - KS2 - Closing Date: 09/05/16 (7 days to go)

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Djanogly City Academy

Teacher of IT / Computer Science - Closing Date: 13/05/16 (11 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