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.


2nd July 2015: End of TermNottingham Free School

Don't forget our last day of term is Friday 17 July and the students will be finishing earlier at 1.30pm.

Students return to school on Thursday 3 September 2015.


2nd July 2015: Parents' ForumNottingham Free School

The next parents’ forum will take place on Monday 6th July 18:00-19:00.In this session Mrs Brown will be talking about the curriculum we provide at the Nottingham Free School, national changes to the curriculum, qualifications, levels and grades.

We would also like to take this opportunity to discuss any feedback on the parent forums and how you would like these to develop in the future.  

Please let us know if you would like to attend this session by emailing contact@nottinghamfreeschool.co.uk


2nd July 2015: Geography Naples Field trip for Year 10Toot Hill School

Please do not forget the deadline for handing in your reply slip for the Naples trip is 8th July 2015. This is just a reply slip to show your interest and it is not the slip with payment. Please hand your slips back to Mr Still. Information is below:

We are proposing to take a Geography Trip to Naples, Italy from Tuesday 5th April 2016 - Friday 8th April 2016.  The main purpose of this trip is to visit Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii.  This trip is linked directly to the Restless Earth (volcanoes) part of the GCSE course which is studied in Year 10.  This trip is also a valuable opportunity for students to experience Geography outside the classroom and experience a tectonically active area.  However, it should be stressed that this is an enrichment opportunity for students and those students who do not wish to take part will not in any way be disadvantaged with their GCSE course.

The main feature of this trip is the day spent at Mount Vesuvius.

1st July 2015: Multi Sports Summer CampToot Hill School

Monday 27th - Friday 31st July.

9:30 - 3:30 pm

Open to all children in school years 5 & 6.

Visit toothillextra.co.uk


29th June 2015: NACE Challenge AwardToot Hill School

On Friday 26 June, I attended the annual conference for NACE members at the Connaught Building, Holborn, London. Whilst there, I was very proud to be presented with, on behalf of the school, a certificate in recognition of achieving the NACE Challenge Award in 2011. The presentation was made by Roger Black, Olympic silver medalist (400m), Atlanta, 2006, who entertained us with the story of his personal strive to be the best he could be in his sport. Conferences like this present teaching staff with the opportunity to network, share ideas and learn about new initiatives, and the day did not disappoint. We are currently preparing for re-accreditation for the award, the final assessment of which is likely to take place in October 2015.

Lynne Cullingworth 

26th June 2015: Visit to Keele UniversityDjanogly City Academy

The year 10 students visited Keele University for an aspirational day on Wednesday 24th June. The students participated in a number of workshops, which included: The history of medicine, horticulture and student finance.

25th June 2015: Stop the Clock Friday 26th JuneToot Hill School

On Friday 26th June, normal lessons will be suspended for period 1 for our next 'Stop the Clock' event aiming to inspire the next generation of Engineers. Pupils will be finding out about the UK Skills shortage for Engineers and what they can do to fill this gap.

22nd June 2015: County Championships in BirminghamMeden School

Sam Fairweather performed on Saturday at the Inter-County Champs at Birmingham for 200m and long jump.10 Counties took part and Sam came 5th out of 17 in the 200m with a personal best of 24.05 seconds in foul conditions of rainy thundery showers.  He achieved a personal best in long jump of 4.98m too. On Sunday at a YDL meet he achieved another personal best in the 200m of 24.00 seconds and in the 300m of 38.9 seconds. We are extremely proud of Sam to be competing at such a big event and can't wait to see how he gets on at the English Schools on Fri 10th and Sat 11th July 2015. Such a huge achievement to get there after just 1 year of training!

Will Fairweather also got 3 personal bests in 100m of 14.4 seconds, 200m of 28.9 seconds and long jump of 4.09m on Sunday. Well done to the Fairweathers!

18th June 2015: Prospective Parents EveningDjanogly City Academy

Thank you to all those parents who have joined us this evening at the prospective parents information evening.

Click on the link below to access the presentation slides if you need a reminder or were unable to join us today.

We look forward to seeing all the pupils for transition days on July 2nd and 3rd before they join us full time from September 1st.

Prospective Parents Evening Information Slides

18th June 2015: City Schools cricket 'Big Blast' WInnersDjanogly City Academy

The joint year 9 and 10 team managed to win the City Schools 'Big Blast' competition at Ellis G. The boys defeated Fernwood in the semi finals by 20 runs and then progressed on to beat Nottingham Academy in a close final. Please congratulate the team on their achievement.


  • Hanzila Saddique
  • Niquash Hussain
  • Zeeshan Iqbal
  • Iezaz Hassan
  • Umar Shaukaut
  • Ali Afsar
  • Sameed Shah


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.

David Hooker

Trust Director
Vice CEO Torch Academy Gateway Trust
Principal, Djanogly

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
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

Toot Hill School

Science Technician - Closing Date: 06/07/15 (1 day to go)

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

Toot Hill School

Learning Support Assistant - Closing Date: 06/07/15 (1 day to go)

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


Communication Support Worker - Closing Date: 06/07/15 (1 day to go)

Visit NUSA for more information and an application form.

Toot Hill School

Classroom Learning Assistant - Closing Date: 13/07/15 (8 days to go)

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

Meden School

Classroom Learning Assistant - Closing Date: 13/07/15 (8 days to go)

Visit Meden School for more information and an application form.


Exam Invigilator - Closing Date: 31/08/15 (57 days to go)

Visit NUSA for more information and an application form.

Contact Us

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

01949 863020