2nd December 2016: Plans underway for first event of its kind at Newark AcademyNewark Academy
On December 9th the school will welcome in around 50 local residents for an afternoon of entertainment and delicious food, all organised and hosted by Newark Academy 6th Form.
With only a week to go, everyone is working hard to make sure everything is ready and hope it will be a fantastic success.
Check back here after the 9th to see how it went!
2nd December 2016: Meden Student Smash their Target for Laps for LaplandMeden School
On Wednesday 30th November, Meden students and staff took to the playing fields to do laps in aid of the Wish upon a Star Charity, 'Laps for Lapland'.
The Meden College students, organised the event as part of their National Citizen Service, and set a target of £800 which would be enough money to send a terminally ill child to Lapland this Christmas.
The sun was shining and the atmosphere on the field was jolly and bright. All of the students and staff donned their elf hats and set off on their mammoth walk. It was magic!
The best news is that today the money was counted and with still yet more money to come the total was smashed!! The following totals were collected:
- £1 donations = £451.54
- College sales = £201.64
- Sponsorship money = £1049.24
Total raised £1702.42...so far and still more to come in!
An anonymous donator has also pledged to donate a sum of money on top of what the students and their families have raised so this amount may increase even more! Watch this space!! This sum of money will pay for 2 terminally ill children and their familes' to go to lapland.
A special mention must go to Molly Wass and her family who managed to raise over £200! Thank you so much for all your support!
2nd December 2016: Growing AppetitesMeden School
Year 9 students listened carefully today to a very engaging and down-to-earth presentation delivered to them by two ladies from Nottinghamshire NHS Infant Feeding Support, helping to boost their existing knowledge of the infancy life-stage, care routines and feeding options in AQA Health and Social Care.
The whole experience was very worthwhile and rewarding for the whole group. Massive thanks to the nursing team for your support.
2nd December 2016: Genre of the Month Orienteering Reading Challenge - December - ClassicsToot Hill School
Another chance for students to earn themselves 10 Credit points. It's time to engulf yourselves in Classics...
2nd December 2016: Genre of the Month - December 2016 - ClassicsToot Hill School
The Genre of the Month is Classics.
2nd December 2016: Seasons Greetings from NUSA!NUSA
Our Christmas tree is now in Reception, beautifully decorated by pupils and staff. 24 sleeps to go..
1st December 2016: NUAST ConsultationNUAST
NUAST is currently consulting on changes to its admissions arrangements and to the age range of the students who can attend the school.
Click here for more information on the consultations and how to respond.
1st December 2016: Year 8 Art students work with Nottingham Contemporary GalleryDjanogly City Academy
This term, two Year 8 classes (8t2 and 8t3) are participating in a schools’ project in partnership with Nottingham Contemporary Gallery. The scheme involves linking an artist or writer with the school, who then work with students to develop a cultural response to the main exhibitions at the Nottingham Contemporary Gallery through a series of gallery visits and workshops. The project finishes with an exhibition of students’ work in February at the Gallery in the Lace Market area of the town centre. 8t2 are pictured enjoying their gallery visit and also their art workshop which was held the following week. The theme of the art project is ‘making connections’ and focuses on the physical aspects and associated meaning of materials and objects. Students had great fun using everyday objects to create their artwork and learnt an array of new art techniques in the process. 8t3 will be working with a writer later in the term to develop their own response to the theme.
1st December 2016: Autumn Mock ExamsNUSA
Please click on the link below to see the Autumn Mock Exam timetable. All Year 10 exams will take place in the new year along with the other Year 9 options.
1st December 2016: NUSA GCSE Results 2016NUSA
Nottingham University Samworth Academy had its best ever set of GCSE results, with 52 per cent of students getting an A*-C including English and Maths. It also had a Progress 8 score of -0.07 and a Attainment 8 score of 4.15.
Alessio Russo got two A*s, three As, five Bs and a distinction. He said: "My results are pretty good, I'm happy. The exams were difficult but I studied hard and I do believe you get out what you put in."
Head Mark Watts added: "We are delighted with the results secured by our students this year. Everyone's commitment and hard work has paid dividends, meaning more life choices and better life chances for our students than ever before.
"I would like to applaud our students for their sheer determination and the incredible effort that they have put in to achieve these grades. We wish them the best of luck with their chosen path and their lives beyond NUSA."
(Nottingham Evening Post)
- 2nd Dec 2016: Word of next week: languish. Can you use it in a sentence?
- 1st Dec 2016: @PuffinBooks Pupils at Birklands School enjoying reading The Christmasaurus. We love it! #ChristmasaurusParty https://t.co/cY3bFMD2Nq
- 1st Dec 2016: Year 2 loved question time today with our very own miner, Mr Cox. Mr Cox answered our questions and discussed his e… https://t.co/OCrLGkE74T
- 30th Nov 2016: Siskin@Birklands Primary got a parcel of crumpets & a dinosaur!We love 2 read 'Christmasaureus' -"Merry Christmas Tom!" #ChristmasaurusParty
- 30th Nov 2016: Well done to all our year 9 students who finished their last assessments today. You've worked hard & impressed us with your revision skills.
- 30th Nov 2016: Our Engineering students have been working with our @PLEN_Project robot today. #programming #Engineering https://t.co/QX0rnFp56t
- 29th Nov 2016: Year 7 printing in art, inspired by Kathe Kollwitz https://t.co/6uE3UewpSF
- 28th Nov 2016: A inspiring Sport for Champions activity & fundraising afternoon with Paralympic Champion Beverley Jones - Discus &… https://t.co/uXRE39NzYE
- 26th Nov 2016: Over 60 prospective students have arrived for our 'open Saturday' to find out what #NUAST is all about. #madeinNUAST https://t.co/TS0ecQ8s9F
- 26th Nov 2016: Our thought for the week: Don't say maybe if you want to say 'No'!
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 at NUAST and NUSA.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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.
- 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
- Articles of Association (Feb 2014)
- Master Funding Agreement 2016
- Annual Report 2014-2015
- Register of Business Interests (Oct 16)
- Toot Hill Register of Business Interests (Nov 16)
- Meden Register of Business Interests (Nov 16)
- NFS Register of Business Interests (Nov 16)
- Newark Academy Register of Business Interests (Oct 16)
- Birklands Register of Business Interests (Nov 16)
- Victoria Register of Business Interests (Sept 16)
- SCITT Register of Business Interests (Sept 15)
- VfM Statement (Autumn 14)
- Scheme of Financial Delegation (2016-2017)
- TAG Governance Structure 2016
- Deed of Variation of Funding Agreement 2014
- Deed of Novation and Variation - Victoria/Riverside Primary
- Supplemental Funding Agreement - Newark Academy
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 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 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.
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 School joined the Trust in September 2016. Replacing Riverside Primary School, Victoria serves the Meadows community with a 2 form entry.
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.
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.
Torch Academy Gateway Trust
c/o Toot Hill School
Nottingham NG13 8BL