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.


20th January 2017: Newark Academy takes to the stage!Newark Academy

The school returns to the musical stage next month with its own rendition of 'Little Shop of Horrors'.

The show will take place in Newark Academy’s new state of the art theatre on the 7th, 8th and 9th of February and tickets are now on sale. Auditions were held for parts in the well known production with roles available in singing, dancing and acting. Students will also help run the show, assisting with the lighting for each night.

Joe Denman, an ex student of the school, has volunteered to come back to help coach the students taking part and also play the role of the flesh and blood eating Plant. Joe took a-level performing arts before going on to study Drama at De Montfort University, Leicester and has enjoyed helping students prepare for the musical. Ex Head of Music, Mr O’Leary has also returned as musical director for the show.

A total of 27 students will take part in the performance which is open to members of the public to come and enjoy. Chloe in year 10 will play Audrey, Wiktor (year 9) is Seymour and Daniel (year 11) plays the part of Mr Mushnik.

Ally Sadler, head of performing arts said:

“‘Little Shop of Horrors’ is, at its core, a sweet love story where a hard done by, normally good guy will do anything to get the girl of his dreams. Stuck in poverty ridden Skidrow, New York, Seymour Krelbourn’s temptation is challenged with the arrival of a huge alien green plant!

“The cast of ‘Little shop of Horrors’ are really looking forward to performing this wacky and wild rock comedy musical which will be our first full musical since our production of ‘Oh! What a Lovely War!’ in 2014.

“The commitment of the performers and the production team has again reminded me that the arts are such a valuable part of our curriculum.”

The performance will start at 7pm. Tickets are £5.50 for adults and £3 for children. To secure yours please call school reception: 01636 615000

20th January 2017: Stars of the Week!Birklands School

Dylan and Ryan

20th January 2017: Year 11 Reports and Parent EveningsNUAST

Student reports for Year 11 have been posted home today.

Year 11 parents evening takes place next week on Thursday 26th January from 5.30. Students have been asked to make appointments with subject teachers on behalf of parents. ideas4careers will attend the parents evening to talk to students and parents/carers about future career plans. NUAST staff will be available to support discussion around careers and next steps in post 16 education and employment.

We look forward to seeing you next week.

20th January 2017: Year 8 Super 8's: Indoor cricketDjanogly City Academy

Please could you congratulate the following boys who managed to achieve a bronze medal in the City School ‘Super 8’s’ Indoor Cricket Championships last night. They beat the Trinity School by three runs in an entertaining play off game.

Awais Hussain (Y7)

Danial Ahmed

Ateeq Hussain

Hyder Hussain

Hamza Aftab

Mahad Raha

Zain Ali (Y7)

Issa Ali (Y7)

Man of the match: Zain Ali (Year 7)

19th January 2017: Equation visit Year 7Djanogly City Academy

Equation visited year 7 pupils today for some engaging sessions focusing on what equal and loving relationships look like and spotting the signs of when things might go wrong and where to get support if required.

Huge thanks to http://www.equation.org.uk/ for an interesting morning!

Mr. B. Holliday

Head of PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship & Economic education)

19th January 2017: Year 11 Art & Design and Photography students receive Externally set taskDjanogly City Academy

Year 11 students studying Art & Design and Photography have been handed their Unit 2 Externally set task.

This accounts for 40% of the final grade.

Students choose one starting point from the 7 questions listed

  1. Detail
  2. Out of Place
  3. Surroundings
  4. Assemble
  5. Angles
  6. Architecture
  7. Shelter

During the preparatory period they should research, investigate and develop ideas.

When developing your personal response you should make appropriate connections with other sources such as the work of Artists, craftspeople, designers and/or Photographers.

Students are allowed 10 hours to produce a personal response in exam conditions.

19th January 2017: Students receive award for being the most improved in attendance & assessment.Djanogly City Academy

Golden Ties

Golden Ties were awarded to the following students who had the most improved attendance and assessment at the end of last Term.

18th January 2017: Winter ShowcaseDjanogly City Academy

In the last week of term, students from years 7-11 took part in the Djanogly Winter Showcase. Three performances were given, one evening performance to family and friends and two to local Primary Schools who enjoyed their visit to Djanogly to watch the older students perform a variety of acts including singing, dancing, and drama. This year's showcase featured a higher number of drama pieces many of which had been devised by students themselves both during their Drama lessons and by students who attend our recently formed Performing Arts Club. Rehearsals soon begin for this years' Summer Production (title to be announced soon!), any students wishing to take part should attend Performance Arts Club on Mondays after school.

18th January 2017: No more Reservation Slips - January 2017Toot Hill School

Reservation Slips will be no more! Instead we have come up with a lovely way to remind you if you have a reservation ready. Just login into Insight and check your homework tab. If you have a reservation ready we will let you know here.

Also reminders for seriously late overdues will be mentioned here. So there you go SIMPLES!

18th January 2017: Refurbished ToiletsDjanogly City Academy

Djanogly welcomes students back to the new year with newly refurbished toilets, making them brighter and cleaner for the students to use with the open plan sink area with sensors on the taps, soap dispenses and hand dryers.


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


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.

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

Classroom Learning Assistant

Closing Date: Mon 30th Jan 2017 9am

Salary: Competitive

Type: Temporary / Term Time

Duration: Until 31 August 2017

Summary: We are looking to appoint a suitably qualified and motivated person who will, under the supervision and guidance of middle managers: • Cover whole classes during a teacher's absence, keeping pupils focused on tasks set by the class teacher. • Work with groups and individual pupils in and out of the classroom to support their learning needs. • Supervise students at break and lunchtimes. • To supervise pupils to ensure they arrive and leave the school site safely.


Classroom Learning Assistant

Closing Date: Tue 31st Jan 2017 5pm

Salary: £15028.44 - £16748.76

Type: Permanent / Term Time

Summary: We are seeking an enthusiastic person with good levels of literacy and numeracy to join our learning support team as a Classroom Learning Assistant. Providing in-class support and working with pupils in small group or one-to-one sessions, you will also provide occasional cover for absent teachers, and contribute to wider aspects of the academy's operation and development.

Meden School

Examination Invigilator

Closing Date: Sun 31st Dec 2017 12am

Salary: £8.87 - £8.87

Type: Casual / Variable Hours

Summary: Meden School is looking to appoint a pool of exam invigilators working on a casual basis over the academic year. During exam periods the work could be a couple of hours in the morning and/or afternoon, you will be paid per hour at a rate of £8.87. Please see attachment for more details.

Firbeck Academy

Teaching Assistant (0.5, temp to Aug 31)

Closing Date: Wed 8th Feb 2017 (18 days to go)

Visit Firbeck Academy for more information and an application form.



Closing Date: Sun 30th Apr 2017 (99 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
Nottingham NG13 8BL