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.


23rd February 2017: Careers and EmployabilityNottingham Free School

We were delighted to welcome a number of parents to our Parent Forum session on Wednesday 22nd February. The session focussed on the changing landscape of employment and the work that is being done here at Nottingham Free School to ensure that students are best prepared for the world of work. If you were unable to attend the session, the PowerPoint presentation can be found on the Parent Forum link of the website.

22nd February 2017: Good Luck Joel Bingham!Toot Hill School

Joel Bingham (7.3) is the first Toot Hill student to enter the 500 words competition hosted by BBC Radio Two. We wish him the best of luck and we hope his story wins! If you are interested in reading Joel's entry we will soon have it available for you to read in the Learning Lounge. Until then here is an excerpt:

THE INVENTION by Joel Bingham

James had invented a brilliant machine, no one had tried anything like it before. James had invented a … Wait! You are probably expecting for me to say he had invented a time machine if you were thinking this I am deeply disappointed and decidedly enraged.

22nd February 2017: Intermediate Maths Challenge 2017Toot Hill School

Congratulations to the following students who will receive certificates for their achievement in this year's competition:


  • Ben Strawbridge (Y9) - 90 (Best in School and Grey Kangaroo qualifier)
  • Megan Attewell (Y11) - 86 (Best in Year and Pink Kangaroo qualifier)
  • Tom Martindale (Y9) - 84 (Grey Kangaroo qualifier)
  • Oliver Handley (Y11) - 79
  • Amy Frith (Y11) - 78
  • Ellen Brightman (Y10) - 78 (Best in Year)


  • Kelsey Giles (Y11) - 77
  • Jessica Starling (Y10 - 76
  • Bethany West (Y11) - 71
  • Emma Parker (Y10) - 71
  • Eleanor Bentley (Y11) - 66
  • Matthew Pearson (Y9) - 66
  • Benjamin Bentley (Y10) - 65
  • Eloise Warriner (Y10) - 63
  • Rowan Clark (Y10) - 62
  • Hannah Branson (Y10) - 62
  • Millie Severn (Y10) - 62
  • Oscar Finlay (Y9) - 62
  • Matthew Watson (Y9) - 62


  • Aiden Mccarthy (Y10) - 60
  • Thomas Pollard (Y9) - 58
  • Tom Hazelwood (Y11) - 57
  • Edward Brown (Y9) - 56
  • Harry Boswell (Y9) - 56
  • Thomas Tanswell (Y10) - 55
  • Daniel Mcferran (Y9) - 55
  • Jamie Cordon (Y9) - 55
  • Sulaiman Raoof (Y10) - 54
  • James Hocknell (Y9) - 53
  • Joshua Thorn (Y9) - 53
  • Alex Pearson (Y11) - 52
  • Megan Booth (Y11) - 52
  • Nathan Clarke (Y9) - 52
  • Jack Kellas (Y10) - 51
  • Abigail Ringrose (Y11) - 50
  • Samuel Lloyd (Y11) - 50
  • Connor Blackmore (Y9) - 50
  • Charlotte Georgiades (Y10) - 47
  • Jimmy Rafferty (Y10) - 47
  • Grace Farmer (Y9) - 47
  • Rachel Parker (Y9) - 47

For more information about the Maths Challenge, please visit the UKMT website.

22nd February 2017: Under 13 Girls FootballDjanogly City Academy

Two girls footbal teams went to a very wet 5-a-side tournament yesterday and both teams played very well, placing 3rd in each of the leagues. They behaved impeccably and did Djanogly proud

22nd February 2017: Year 7 Progress EveningDjanogly City Academy

All parents & carers of year 7 students are strongly advised to attend this event. Now is a key time to meet with your child's subject teachers to discuss their current progress and to plan how best to support your child to maximise the impact of their classroom studies and homework.

Appointments will commence at 4:15pm and conclude at 7.15pm. Year 7 students will be given appointment cards during the week beginning February 27th.

20th February 2017: In a Thousand PiecesDjanogly City Academy

A group of GCSE Drama students from years 10 and 11 went to our Sherwood Rise theatre to watch a professional production of In a Thousand Pieces performed by The Paper Birds theatre company. This was a strong piece of verbatim theatre that was focussed on retelling the tale of a young Eastern European girl and her journey to England. Three schools attended the event in total and all of the were a credit to their schools including the Djanogly students. Since the performance year 11 students have been evaluating and discussing this performance in preparation for their written exam in May.

20th February 2017: Year 9 design & make Pop Art Inspired clay tile in the style of Jasper JohnsDjanogly City Academy

As part of the current project for year 9 students this term, 9Y designed and made their own clay tile inspired by Pop Artist Jasper Johns.

They have learnt slab making techniques and impress detail with letters and numbers in the style of the artist. Once the tiles are fired the students will learn how to apply glazes in Pop Art colours to give an authentic finish to their tiles.

19th February 2017: Exciting term ahead for the PE DepartmentNewark Academy

The build up to our two International Sports Tours are now in full swing. Both the Netball and Football tours are due to take place in the first week of the Easter holidays. 52 Netball girls and 6 staff embark on their trip to Disney Land Paris, and 20 boys and 3 staff will be traveling to Dortmund, Germany.

Before we embark on these exciting opportunities we have a whole term of sporting competition taking place. We are still competing in the Football Cups in a number of year groups and the girls are storming ahead in Netball and Indoor Cricket.

We are going into this term as District Champions for both the U13 and U15 Girls Indoor Cricket and will play the finals in March. March also sees the completion of the year 10, year 8 and year 7 Central League fixtures for Netball and following these competitions are the County Finals for each of the year groups.

19th February 2017: Trainees promote 'Get into Teaching'SCITT

It was great to see how well attended two 'Get into Teaching' marketing events were during the Spring term. With over 600 people combined within the two evenings NTS Trainees had the opportunity to advise and support interested people about how to get into teaching. Lucie Street Helen Teskey and Will Hollis spoke on behalf of the event organisers during the main information presentation. It was a great opportunity for future ITT applicants to hear what a great profession teaching is along with the challenge of learning to master a new profession.

17th February 2017: Women in STEM Event - Rolls RoyceNUAST

On Wednesday March 8th, in celebration of International Womens Day, our industry partner Rolls Royce are hosting ‘Women in STEM Night’ from 6pm- 9pm

Professor Aradhana Mehra (Head of Research Centre, Head of Conservation, Biology and Ecosystems, College of Life and Natural Sciences, University of Derby), Will host an information evening to inspire girls (age 14+) about interesting, rewarding and exciting careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths.

Families, teachers, mentors and anyone interested in careers in STEM areas are welcome to attend.

This motivational event will showcase an engaging group of six successful locally based women, who will enlighten and entertain us with short, snappy ‘best bits’ presentations about their varied career journeys, and work life balance.

Charlotte Tolley - Current undergraduate student, College of Engineering, University of Derby

Suzanne Smith - Managing Director, Soteria Asbestos Ltd

Julie Speakman - Medical Physicist working in the Nuclear Medicine department at the Royal Derby Hospital

Lizzie Pincome - Materials Engineer, Rolls Royce

Heidi Sowter - Reader in Oncology, College of Life and Natural Sciences, University of Derby

Josie Morrissey - Environmental Manager, Cement Industry

The presentations will be followed by coffee and an opportunity to put questions to the speakers, and gain advice from them.

NUAST will transport any students that are interested in attending the event. Letters will be sent home this week.


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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Lead Teacher of Spanish

Closing Date: Fri 24th Feb 2017 12pm

Salary: £22467 - £32835

Type: Permanent / Full Time

Summary: Salary: Main Scale + TLR 2a - 2b, depending upon experience Nottingham University Samworth Academy wishes to appoint a Lead Teacher of Spanish who is committed to making a difference to children's lives. This post would suit an individual looking to secure their first middle leadership role, or someone looking to broaden their experience before applying for more senior roles. Interviews will be held on Friday 10th March.


Lead Teacher of Mathematics

Closing Date: Fri 24th Feb 2017 12pm

Salary: £22467 - £32835

Type: Permanent / Full Time

Summary: Salary: Main Scale + TLR 2a - 2c, depending upon experience Nottingham University Samworth Academy wishes to appoint a Lead Teacher of Mathematics who is committed to making a difference to children's lives. This post would suit an individual looking to secure their first middle leadership role, or someone looking to broaden their experience before applying for more senior roles. Interviews will be held on Friday 10th March.


Office Administrator

Closing Date: Mon 6th Mar 2017 5pm

Salary: £17714 - £19742

Type: Fixed Term / Full Time

Summary: We are seeking to recruit an organised and experienced administrator to provide general administrative support in a busy environment. The duties will include management of pupil enquiries, admissions and leavers as well as helping to co-ordinate the provision of cover for absent staff. This role requires an individual who has an eye for detail and who understands the importance of generating accurate work of a high standard. This is a fixed term post until end of the summer term, 25 July 2017.


Venue Assistant

Closing Date: Mon 6th Mar 2017 5pm

Salary: £15507 - £16191

Type: Permanent / Part Time

Summary: A proactive Venue Assistant is required to support in the running of the out of hours provision at The Venue, NUSA, as well as help to promote the facilities for new bookings. 15 hours per week, to be agreed including evening and weekend work, all year round


Exam Invigilator

Closing Date: Tue 7th Mar 2017 5pm

Salary: £10 - £10

Type: Casual / Variable Hours

Summary: We are looking to add to our existing pool of exam invigilators to work on a casual basis during the examination period in May/June 2017. No previous experience necessary as training will be given.

Victoria Primary School

Class Teacher

Closing Date: Wed 8th Mar 2017 9am

Salary: £22467 - £33160

Type: Permanent / Full Time

Summary: We are looking to appoint an inspirational, enthusiastic and motivated teacher with a passion for teaching and learning to join our team. This would be an exciting and challenging opportunity for an experienced teacher or an NQT.

Newark Academy

Teacher of Science

Closing Date: Fri 10th Mar 2017 9am

Salary: Competitive

Type: Permanent / Full Time


Toot Hill School

Teacher of Computing

Closing Date: Fri 24th Mar 2017 9am

Salary: Competitive

Type: Permanent / Full Time

Summary: We are looking to appoint an exceptional candidate to the full time, permanent position of Teacher of Computing. This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic and innovative, qualified teacher to join a thriving department within an ‘Outstanding' school.



Closing Date: Sun 30th Apr 2017 (66 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