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.


28th September 2016: Great Meden GCSE Bake-OffMeden School

Meden's Year 11 students have been busy designing and creating some amazing cakes as part of their GCSE Controlled Assessment work.

They have managed to create some amazing creations, that look good enough to eat!

Visit the Design and Technology page of the website to see all of the creations.

28th September 2016: Year 8 Football TeamDjanogly City Academy

The year 8 football team played in their final group fixture at Ellis Guilford last night beating Trinity 3-2 with Shakarl Shand scoring a last minute winner to spark scenes of celebrations. They now await the results of one more fixture to see if they have made it to the semi-finals of the cup. If you see the boys around the Academy please give them a pat on the back as they were a credit to themselves and the Academy.

  • Hasib Hussain
  • Osama Alshintri
  • Abdulhadi Sherif
  • Abdurrahman Saad
  • Danial Ahmed
  • Olatunbosun Edun
  • Shakarl Shand
  • Adrian Conacel


Mr Simpson

27th September 2016: Year 7 Celebration EveningNewark Academy

On Thursday 15th September, Newark Academy welcomed its new Year 7’s and their families to its restyled Year 7 Celebration Evening.

Over 230 people came along to enjoy a fun-filled evening at the academy in the new, state of the art auditorium. Guests enjoyed a ‘mocktail’ and tasters from the school canteen menu, before enjoying a fantastic quiz hosted by Mr Brown, including rounds on music, general knowledge and sport.

There was a trophy for the winning team and also ‘wooden spoon’ awards for the two teams with the lowest scores, along with boxes of chocolates! Teams were made up of students, parents, teachers and staff, to enable everyone to get to know each other better.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the evening was a huge success. Newark Academy would like to thank you all for coming and, once again, welcome our Year 7’s to the school.

27th September 2016: British Modern Biathlon SeriesToot Hill School


We are delighted to announce that online entries for the forthcoming BRITISH MODERN BIATHLON SERIES currently have in excess of 1,500 entries. If you have already entered, we look forward to seeing you soon. If you haven’t entered yet, please note that some of the closing dates are imminent.


Details for the BRITISH MODERN BIATHLON SERIES are on the website here! We’ve kept the format exactly the same as the last few seasons so, once again, athletes of school age will have the opportunity to qualify for both the British Modern Biathlon Championships and the British Schools' Modern Biathlon Championships. This can be done by entering just one preliminary competition being organised by the Pentathlon GB Regions, clubs and schools prior to the 24th of October 2016


Dates for the preliminary competitions are on the website and others will be added once confirmed.

The Nottingham Schools’ Biathlon Time Trial, held at Harvey Hadden Sports Village on the 28th October will be open for online entries from Thursday 8th September – results from this competition will go onto the rankings list for the BritishSchools’BiathlonChampionshipsOnly

How to enter

”Teachers can enter too!"

Individual entries can only be made online

For details and instructions about how to enter the preliminary competitions go to: https://www.pentathlongb.org/schools/season.php.

To enter, go to the Pentathlon GB home page – http://www.pentathlongb.org/ and click on the blue radio button entitled

‘Login & Enter Biathlon' (this is next to another blue radio button entitled ‘Upcoming Competitions’). Then follow the onscreen instructions.

Can I enter more than one competition?

Yes - You can enter more than one competition if you wish to get more competition experience or improve your times.

"Get your entries in early as places fill up very quickly”

All athletes can qualify via the ranking list (comprised of events prior to 24/10/16) for the British Modern Biathlon Championships to be held on 26 and 27 November 2016 at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre in Solihull. Competing here is a great opportunity for school age athletes to gain valuable competition experience and an opportunity to improve run and swim times for the British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championships rankings list.

For school age athletes and their teachers, the series will culminate on 25 and 26 March 2017 at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre where the swim will be in an 8 lane, 50m pool and the run on a 400m track.

To find all competitions, check the Pentathlon GB calendar http://www.pentathlongb.org/calendar/list/competition and enter ‘biathlon’ into the search box. The preliminary competitions for both Championships start on 19 September.

All information about the Modern Biathlon Series of competitions, including format, age groups, distances, qualification criteria, how to enter, go to http://www.pentathlongb.org/competitions/modern-biathlon-series

22nd September 2016: C1 AssemblyMeden School

Well done to C1 for your excellent assembly to the entire house today on The Olympics. A clear message to everyone that 'You can do it'. Thanks to Mr Baker and Mrs Evans for supporting students in creating such an exciting assembly.

22nd September 2016: Welcome BackMeden School

We have made an excellent start to the new academic year ensuring as a house we are on top for achievement points. Our target this year is to hit 96% attendance as a whole house.

22nd September 2016: Literacy Legends 2016/2017Toot Hill School

Literacy Legends is an Inter-Tutor Group incentive to promote reading and literacy across two year groups (Years 7 & 8). Monday 29/9/16 will be the launch of the 'Literacy Legends' Autumn Term Competition and will run for 7 weeks, finishing on Friday 11/11/16.

NB. This does include the October half term thus encouraging reading during the holiday.

The Learning Lounge would like students to always have a Learning Lounge book for reading in their bag at all times, and remember you are able to borrow up to 4 books at any one time!

The Learning Lounge will nominate seven students from both year groups to join Mrs Litherland and Ms Marris for an afternoon trip to Waterstones. Their prize will be to choose a book up to the value of £10, whilst at Waterstones and we will also buy a second copy for the Learning Lounge to then promote as ‘chosen by a Literacy Legend Winner’.

There will be a winning Tutor Groups for the 'most books borrowed and read' and 'least number of overdues'. The prize will be something to share with the whole tutor group (wonder what that could be?).

This competition has proved extremely popular and drastically improves book loans, thus encouraging students to read!

Dates for the Diary - Literacy Legends


  • Lit Legend Launch Monday 29-9-16 - Last Day of Lit Legends Friday 11-11-16 (7 week Period - including October holiday).
  • Winners will be chosen by Mrs Litherland and Ms Marris by Thursday Lunchtime 17-11-16
  • Letters home to winning students on Tuesday 22-11-16
  • Winning Student Reply Slips back to the LL by Friday 2-12-16.
  • The Winning Students Waterstones Trip will be on Wednesday 7th December 2016


  • Lit Legend Launch Monday 9-1-17 - Last Day of Lit Legends Monday 24-2-17 (7 week period - including February holiday).
  • Winners will be chosen by Thursday Lunchtime 2-3-17
  • Letters home to winning students on Tuesday 7-3-17
  • Winning Student Reply Slips back to the LL by Monday 24-3-17.
  • The Winning Students Waterstones Trip will be on Wednesday 29th March 2017


  • Lit Legend Launch Monday 24-4-17 - Last Day of Lit Legends Friday 9-6-17 (7 week period - including May holiday).
  • Winners will be chosen by Thursday Lunchtime 15-6-17
  • Letters home to winning students on Tuesday 20-6-17
  • Winning Student Reply Slips back to the LL by Monday 7-7-17.
  • The Winning Students Waterstones Trip will be on Wednesday 12th July 2017

21st September 2016: Trainees fully prepared!SCITT

Our new cohort of trainees feel fully prepared to start their teaching placements and are looking forward to working with mentors. A huge focus within the SCITT training is enabling trainees to feel confident to create new ideas/resources and interesting T&L styles. This will maximise pupil engagement and accelerate learning progress.

Trainees also have the new challenge of being highly organised whilst achieving a work-life balance to be fully fit and enjoy teaching. Regular training and support is in place to ensure work efficiency and excellence. A happy teacher is often the best teacher!

Trainees have so far loved the sessions and they never quite know what to expect; voice training, learning new skills, planning time, lots of different teaching methods modeled to ensure they progress as much as the pupils they teach!

16th September 2016: Year 10 & 11 Girls placed thirdDjanogly City Academy

Year 10 and 11 girls attended a tournament at Power League last night.

They placed 3rd after winning 2 drawing 1 and loosing 1. The girls conducted themselves very well and were a credit to the Academy.

Please congratulate the following girls:

  • Micheel Heusler
  • Sharleen Arifinati
  • Hazera Khatun
  • Rhianna Labert
  • Wamda Ali
  • Daniella Clarke
  • Aman Malik

Kind Regards

Miss Kingham

16th September 2016: Kassia Climbs Mount Snowdon for BLESMANewark Academy

During the summer break, Kassia succeeded in climbing Mount Snowdon as part of her fundraising efforts for BLESMA. The charity helps ex-Service men and women who have suffered life-changing limb loss, and is a charity that means a lot to Kassia’s family as her dad, who previously served in the army, lost one of his legs.

Before the climb Kassia trained by doing a number of walks around Newark and Balderton. She also roped in help from family and friends to bake cakes to sell at school to help raise money for the charity.

Kassia and her dad were joined by other army personnel and their families on the day of climb, where they battled high winds and fog to finally make it to the top.

“It was hard work. Some of the climb got really steep and we were against winds up to 80mph! I don’t like heights so some of the climb was a bit nerve-wracking, especially the big drops. Dad and his friends really motivated me to get to the top and it was a great sense of achievement when we got there,” she said.

“Thank you to everyone that helped me and donated money. I like a challenge so I think next year we might do something to do with swimming and cycling.”

Well done to Kassia on this amazing achievement. 


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

Djanogly City Academy

Teacher of ICT/Computer Science - Closing Date: 10/10/16 (11 days to go)

Visit Djanogly City Academy for more information and an application form.

Contact Us

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

01949 863020