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.


27th August 2016: Meden School Welcome New Head of SchoolMeden School

Dear Parents and Carers,

I would like to take this opportunity to say how proud and excited I am to be starting work as the Head Teacher of Meden School. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Janet Brashaw for everything she has done to help me settle into my new role and wish her the very best as she begins a new chapter in her professional life.

Over the Summer there has been a lot of refurbishment work going on in the school. This new development programme is focusing on refurbishing classrooms and public areas so that your children have the best possible learning environment. In addition, we have launched our new school website, which I am sure you will agree is much easier to use and has a more modern in feel.

As part of that relaunch we are delighted to share with you the new school badge which was created and designed by the Student Council. Over the Autumn Term the Student Council will be sharing with you more details of the new school badge and what it means to them, the new House badges and the ways in which they will be introduced over the coming months. The first change you will notice will be to the signs around school which will be refreshed next week.

In a few short days we will be starting the new term and I am looking forward to meeting our students in their smart school uniforms. Could I remind parents that there are no changes to school uniform for this year and we will be expecting to see students in the traditional Meden uniform (blazer, white shirt, black trousers or skirt, school tie and black shoes).

Could I also take this opportunity to congratulate our GCSE and A Level students who have had their hard work and commitment rewarded with wonderful examination results this year. I look forward to welcoming back many of our Year 11 students into Meden College.

In the autumn term I will be introducing myself more formally to parents but until then I hope you and your families enjoy what is left of the summer break and I look forward to welcoming your children back to Meden School in September.

Emma Sims

Head of School

26th August 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)

Click here to read more on the University of Nottingham website - 'More celebrations for University partner academies'

25th August 2016: Meden Student Ty Mason Celebrates Russian A GradeMeden School

Meden student Ty Mason is celebrating after gaining an A grade in GCSE Russian. Ty, who is the first ever student to take a GCSE in Russian, chose to study the language as part of the enrichment programme and loved it so much that he wanted to take a GCSE in it. Enrichment sessions give Meden students the opportunity to try new opportunities and gain new skills and Russian is one of many options they can chose for the session which takes place once a week on a Wednesday afternoon. The sessions, which were introduced last September have been a great success and this massive achievement by Ty shows just what students can do.

Miss Andrea Smith who runs the Russian enrichment said "I am so proud of Ty as Russian is not only an unusual but very difficult language to learn and he has had to work extremely hard outside of the session to be able to take on this GCSE subject. His A grade is a massive achievement and Ty should be immensely proud of himself!"

Ty's A grade in Russian takes his total to 10 GCSE grades at A*/A. What an amazing achievement, well done Ty. Поздравляю (congratulations)

25th August 2016: NUAST celebrates its first set of GCSE resultsNUAST

This summer marks the first set of GCSE results for Nottingham's University Academy of Science and Technology (NUAST) since opening its doors in September 2015.  Following on from a hugely successful set of A Level results last week, NUAST's Year 11 students have performed to the very highest levels in their GCSE and BTEC exams.

With a combined English and Maths figure of 60%, NUAST is now amongst the highest performing schools in the city. Results in the academy's specialist areas were also very impressive with the science GCSE subjects achieving a 77.8% A*-C pass rate, Engineering securing a 100% A*-C pass rate and IT 80%.

Other highlights, in what has been a hugely successful year, include 100% A*-C in languages, 68% A*-C in English, and 67% A*-C in Maths.

Comment from the Principal

Bob White, Principal of NUAST commented:

"It is with an immense sense of pride that I offer my heartfelt congratulations to each and every one of our Year 11 students. Our Year 11s chose NUAST two years ago because they were passionate about science, engineering or IT.  That passion has now been rewarded with GCSE results that will allow them to move into further education or apprenticeships,  fully equipped to succeed. 

I am particularly pleased that NUAST has helped students secure some brilliant outcomes in its specialist subject areas and I would like to thank all our Industry and University partners for their tireless support and commitment to the Academy.

This summer the GCSE and A Level results have confirmed NUAST's place as a high achieving academy offering a real alternative for students in Nottingham City and County."

Student Stories

Charlie Woodward (16) from Aspley achieved A* Physics, A* Chemistry A* Maths, A Biology, A Engineering Design, A Engineering Manufacture, B English. He puts his success down to pure hard work and determination.  

“Support from staff has been a key factor in my success. At NUAST staff work hard to ensure you get the best possible results.  The facilities for science and engineering are superb and make it possible to really succeed”

Charlie is staying on a NUAST to study A Level Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths. In the future he wishes to pursue Chemical Engineering at University.


Travis Cooper (16) from Clifton, who is a former Farnborough pupil, achieved A* English, A Maths, A Chemistry A Physics and B in all other subjects. Travis said 

"The students at NUAST are focussed and want to do well.  The teachers are the best I have ever known.  They are committed to helping you and want you to do well."

Travis is staying at NUAST to study A Level Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and wants to go to the University of Nottingham to study Medicine.


Charlotte Lehane who is 16 and from Sherwood achieved B’s in all her subjects. Amazed with her results Charlotte said: 

"I can’t believe they are so good! The results are due to the exam preparation and revision at NUAST.  I chose NUAST for its IT facilities and I feel that the teaching has been good."

Charlotte has future career ambitions to study 3D Animation.

25th August 2016: Meden School Celebrates Fantastic GCSE ResultsMeden School

Meden School would like to congratulate its Year 11 students on their exceptional GCSE results. Under the new performance measure, ‘Progress 8’, looking at the amount of progress a student has made in 8 subjects including English and Maths, Meden has attained a positive score of 0.25, indicating a strong level of progress made by its students during their time at the school.

Alongside this, over 50% of pupils have achieved A*-C in English and Maths, with a number of students securing 10 or more A* and A grades across their subjects.

Jack Chinery 11 x A/A* grades

Mason Hartshorn 10 x A/A* grades

Jack Maddison 11 x A/A* grades

Ty Mason 9 x A/A* grades

Elle Moss 9 x A/A* grades

Louise Reed 8 x A/A* grades

Keenan Somes 10 x A/A* grades

Janet Brashaw, Head of School commented:

"Once again I am immensely proud of our students! As well as those students who rightly receive recognition for high grades, we have a number of students with learning difficulties who have made exceptional progress. They have shown real 'grit' in their determination to succeed and it is this quality of resilience which is behind their success.

“The hard work put in by both staff and students has contributed to these fantastic results and I know each and every student will continue to achieve in their chosen pathway. I wish them every success for the future."

25th August 2016: 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' Theatre Trip 23rd June 2016Toot Hill School

On the 23rd June 2016, everyone in the country was on the edge of their seats waiting to see if Britain would leave or remain in the EU.  But not some year 9 and 10 classes!  We went to see ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ at the Newark Palace Theatre. The performance had a slow start but quickly built up and by the end of the performance it was amazing! The actors tore the roof off the building and the lighting and sound effects were phenomenal.  It was such an honour to go on this trip and I really enjoyed every second of it.

Mrs Maloney said, “Wow!  What a stunning performance!  The tension and suspense were incredible and it was fantastic to see such a dramatic novel brought to life.”  Ross Columbine, a year 10 student, stated, “I really enjoyed it. The actors were outstanding and if I had the opportunity to go again, I definitely would.”

In my opinion, the production was unbelievable and one of the best I have ever seen.


By Caitlin White, Year 10 student.

21st August 2016: Meden A Level Students Achieve Best Ever Results!Meden School

Students have achieved record A-Level results at Meden College. The college has achieved a 100% pass rate in all A Level subjects with 25% of students gaining gold standard AAB.

In particular, student Ebony Moody will be going to Oxford to study Mathematics and gained 3 A* in Maths, Further Maths and Physics. Leanne Myatt achieved AAA* and will be studying Dentistry at Newcastle and Angeline Gardiner and Laura Simpson will both be studying Pharmacy at Nottingham University.

Ebony Moody said of her results: “I feel absolutely amazing. I couldn’t quite believe it, I’ve studied really hard at school to be able to get into Oxford and to have actually done it is just incredible.

“My emotions are up and down at the moment and my parents have been the same. We’ve all been anxiously waiting for my results but they had every faith in me. Hopefully this can show people that as long as you're passionate about your subject it doesn't matter where you come from you can still reach Oxbridge/higher universities.”

Head of School, Janet Brashaw stated: “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our students on an outstanding set of results which is testament to their hard work and dedication to their studies. With the support of a committed team of outstanding teachers and tutors this has resulted in the vast majority of our students gaining places at their first choice of university or high level apprenticeship.

“I would also like to thank parents and carers for your support and say how immensely proud I am of each and every one of your sons and daughters who have grown in to wonderful young people and make me feel very optimistic for the future.”

19th August 2016: Nottingham Post Covers NUAST A Level ResultsNUAST

The Nottingham Post has published news of NUAST's first A Level results, including quotes and pictures of some students receiving good news on Thursday.

To read more about NUAST's results, please click the below link:


*Image courtesy of James Turner

18th August 2016: A Level success continues at Toot Hill CollegeToot Hill School

Toot Hill College has yet again seen its students perform to the very highest level at A-Level and BTEC Level 3 this year.

With a cohort of 132 students the college has achieved a 100% pass rate for the fourth year in a row.

Toot Hill College has also seen an increase in the number of students securing an A*, A and B grade.  This figure has risen from 62% to 64% and is a testament to the hard work of students.  In addition, the vast majority of students have secured a place at a university or employment of their choosing, continuing the College's outstanding track record of providing high student achievement in both A Level and vocational qualifications.

Headline Figures: 100% pass rate, covering both A Level and vocational courses 30% A*- A (A Level) 64% A*- B (A Level) 87% A*- C (A Level)

Joel Tomasevic, Head of College stated:

“The hard work, dedication and commitment of Toot Hill students has yet again been rewarded by these outstanding examination results.

“Each and every grade achieved by students is the result of hours and hours of dedicated study.  With the support of the Toot Hill Sixth Form pastoral and teaching team, our students have secured places at universities across the country studying a diverse and exciting range of subjects.

“We also have many students who have secured prestigious apprenticeships and employment in the face of increasing competition in the employment market.

“We wish them the very best and look forward to welcoming them back in the future to hear of their ongoing success.”

Sandy Paley, Head of School commented:

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our students on their incredible success. I am also immensely proud of our staff who have dedicated so much time to help secure such bright futures for our students in higher education and employment.

“With our fantastic new dedicated Sixth Form facility and our outstanding teaching staff, Toot Hill College continues to offer our students the very highest standards in Post 16 provision.”

Ash Rahman, Executive Headteacher added:

“The success of Toot Hill College is dependent on so many people offering their help and support. I would like to offer a huge thank you to parents and governors for their continued support and encouragement.”

18th August 2016: NUAST announces A Level and BTEC successNUAST

NUAST would like to congratulate its first ever cohort of Year 13 students on an outstanding set of A Level and BTEC results.  With these results, NUAST students have secured places at top universities including The University of Nottingham, St. Andrews, Leeds and Manchester in Science, Computing and Engineering qualifications. NUAST students have also been accepted onto prestigious Level 3 apprenticeships with local and national companies and entry to the armed forces at officer level.

Bob White, Principal of NUAST commented:

"This first cohort of NUAST students have performed at the very highest level in their A Level and BTEC qualifications.  Beyond the excellent headline figures, these results reflect outstanding individual hard work and dedication that each and every student has displayed over the last two years.

When NUAST opened it promised a different type of Post 16 education focused on the STEM subjects. The original vision was to connect our students with universities and industry in a way that enriched the educational and career opportunities for every student at the college.

With these results and the destinations NUAST students have accessed, it is now clear that NUAST has fulfilled that promise and delivered the very best experiences and opportunities for our students.

With curriculum specialists teaching in all subject areas and a unique enrichment and pastoral support system, we have been able to support each of our students with tailored education and enrichment packages, allowing them to achieve their ambitions this summer."

University of Nottingham Partnership

NUAST's partnership with the University of Nottingham has been particularly important in equipping its students for applications to Russell Group universities.  As part of the support offered by the University Of Nottingham, NUAST students have been regular visitors to academic faculties and enjoyed lectures, use of lab facilities, academic mentoring and involvement in projects such as unmanned ariel vehicle design.

Student Stories

These close links have also helped two NUAST students to secure places at the University of Nottingham (UoN) to study. Balint Molnar, aged 18 will be studying Chemistry at the UoN in September after achieving and A* grade in Maths and Further Maths and an A in Chemistry.  He commented:

"The opportunity to visit the University of Nottingham Chemistry facility was amazing. Having a chance to use a NMR machine to conduct analysis was exciting and I really enjoyed putting into practice what I learnt in class."

Charlotte Knight, aged 17, secured A* grades in Computer Science and Maths and an A in Further Maths.  She felt that the extra time available during the day at NUAST to work and study helped her. She will be studying Computer Science at St. Andrews University. Explaining her decision to study Computer Science at university she observed:

"It shouldn't make a difference that women are in the minority in computing. If you enjoy it just do it."

Luke Brown studied BTEC Level 3 Engineering at NUAST and is joining the Royal Navy as a Submariner Warfare Officer in September.  He feels studying Engineering at NUAST has meant he no longer looks at the world in the same way:

"Studying Engineering at NUAST has allowed me to have a much broader understanding of the manufactured world. I now look at things and understand how they were made and how they work."

AS Level Success

As well as A Levels, Year 12 NUAST students also received their AS results today. Despite concerns in the national media over the new AS Level qualifications, outcomes at NUAST were very strong, providing a firm base for A Level success next year. 

Shiobhan Thomson, age 17, achieved A grades in Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Biology.

She commented "I chose NUAST because of the focus on science, more taught lessons, longer days and staff always being on hand to help."


Bob White added:

"These results, along with a really strong set of AS Level grades, confirms that the work that goes on here at NUAST is totally focused on ensuring our students get the very best opportunities and support as they pursue their ambitions and dreams.  NUAST has grown into a confident and dynamic sixth form college since it opened two years ago and as we send our first cohort of students out into the world of higher education and work, I would like to wish them the very best and look forward to following their careers with pride."



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

Contact Us

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

01949 863020