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.


1st April 2016: Newark Academy transfer to the Torch Academy Gateway TrustTorch Academy Gateway Trust

The Lincoln College Academy Trust (LCAT) and Torch Academy Gateway Trust (TAGT) would like to announce that the Department for Education has agreed the transfer of Newark Academy from LCAT TAGT.

The transfer is expected to be completed for the start of the autumn term.

CEO of the Torch Academy Gateway Trust, John Tomasevic, said:

“The LCAT has worked very hard over the last few years to rebuild the reputation of Newark Academy. They have made many positive changes at the Academy and have overseen the completion of an excellent new school building.

“TAGT are proven local secondary education providers and LCAT have asked us to take on the next stage of Newark Academy’s journey towards delivering high quality education and outcomes for the young people of Newark.

“We will continue to work closely with the LCAT, utilising their extensive expertise in further education to ensure that Newark students have access to the very best education pathways.” 

Chair of LCAT Keith Batty said:

“The continuation of Newark Academy’s journey of improvement has always been the principal focus of LCAT.

“We are delighted that the TAGT has agreed to take Newark Academy into its Trust. Their proven track record for excellence in secondary education will enable continued growth and enhanced performance.

“We know TAGT has ambitions for further provision in the town and we feel strongly that this is a time for collaboration in the interests of our pupils and education provision in Newark.

“We understand this could be a worrying time for these school communities and we will work closely with the new sponsors to ensure an orderly transfer, minimising disruption to pupils, staff and families.”

Lincoln College Group CEO Gary Headland, said:

“We are committed to developing education and skills in Newark, and to working closely with local employers to produce a highly skilled and productive local workforce for them.   

“As Members of the LCAT, we agreed with the recommendation to the Regional Schools Commissioner that the Academy should be transferred to a schools-based sponsor as this would be in the best interests of the students and could accelerate the transformation of educational provision.

“TAGT will continue to work with Lincoln College Group via Newark College to develop business-led, career focused pathways into jobs for its students.

“By addressing the education and training needs of the Town together, we will be able to offer a broad spectrum of provision to raise the aspirations and achievement of young people in the area.”

19th March 2016: Nova Education Trust: Proposed MergerTorch Academy Gateway Trust

As you will undoubtedly appreciate the government has set out significant challenges for academies to meet in order to secure every child’s future in a competitive global marketplace.

To meet these challenges, it has become evident that academies/schools are stronger working together rather than operating in competition.  For some time, the Torch Academy Gateway Trust; Djanogly Learning Trust; Nottingham University Samworth Academies Trust and Nottingham University Academy for Science and Technology have been working closely together in order to secure high achievement for every child in their respective trusts.

The Directors of these four Trusts are proposing that the trusts merge into one Trust – Nova Education Trust.  In order to progress this, we are consulting with all key stakeholders and interested parties.  Details of our business case can be found at: www.novaeducationtrust.net

Also at this address is a response form for you to complete, should you wish to do so.

The consultation period will start on 21st March 2016 and end on 24th May 2016.  At the end of the consultation period Directors will consider all responses and provide a commentary. All of this will be available on the website above.

We are all excited by the potential of this trust and hope that you will view it as a positive move in supporting children and securing their futures.

26th May 2016: Year 10 & Year 12 Induction Days Confirmed for Summer 2016NUAST

Applicants for September 2016 have been invited to attend a taster day at NUAST before the school year commences. The date of the Year 10 Taster day will be 6th July 2016 from 9am-3pm.

The Taster Days will form an important part of student’s time at NUAST, allowing them to get to know their new peers before September, meet staff and familiarize themselves with the academy day, expectations and the building.

Future students will have the opportunity to take part in engaging STEM activities in NUAST’s state of the art facilities, allowing them to experience a typical day at the academy. Students will also be measured for their business dress on these dates.

It is important that all parents of Year 10 applicants receive permission from their child’s current school before confirming their attendance at their Taster Day. A full programme and details of the event will be sent to all parents in due course..

Induction days will then be held in August 2016 for enrolment and the collection of NUAST business dress.

Students and parents/carers will have to complete the enrolment process and collect NUAST business dress, which should take no longer than 30 minutes. It is important that students attend to collect their business dress as this will be delivered to NUAST during the Summer holidays.

NUAST will be open for enrolment: 22nd August to the 2nd September 8.30am – 4.30pm (weekdays) with a daily school tour at 12.00pm.

Year 12

All Year 12 applicants for September 2016 have been invited to attend a transition day at NUAST on either Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th July 2016.

The programme will include:

  • the opportunity to undertake a STEM-related project

  • an introduction to independent research skills

  • a visit to Nottingham University

  • the chance to meet and work with other students joining NUAST in September

Students will spend a full day at NUAST and will also have the chance to attend a workshop at the University of Nottingham, one of NUAST’s education partners.

On Thursday, parents have been warmly invited to NUAST to see for themselves what students have done throughout the two days.  The presentation will take place between 3.30 – 4.30pm. 

Current applicants will be contacted shortly to reserve their place on one of the above events.

NUAST will be open for enrolment: 22nd August to the 2nd September 8.30am – 4.30pm (weekdays) with a daily school tour at 12.00pm.

24th May 2016: Year 9 Fairtrade CafeNUSA

The Fair Trade cafe was selling frothy hot chocolate and fresh fruit. Burhaan and Dylan have made a fantastic start, well done boys!


24th May 2016: Under 13 County Cup CricketDjanogly City Academy

The boys managed to beat Arnold Hill by 22 runs to progress into the next round.


  1. Ateeq Hussain
  2. Daniel Ahmed
  3. Hyder Hussain
  4. Bilal Hussain
  5. Fardeen Ahmed
  6. Mohammed Hassan
  7. Adeel Mahmood
  8. Zakriya Mohammed

20th May 2016: Year 7 CricketDjanogly City Academy

The boys managed to beat Arnold Hill by 78 runs and go on to play against Hall Park academy Eastwood next Thursday.


  1.        Ateeq Hussain
  2.        Daniel Irfan
  3.        Divyann Tiwari
  4.        Abel Lunca
  5.        Jasvir Singh
  6.        Ion Macelaru
  7.        Hamza Aftab
  8.        Daniel Ahmed
  9.        Hyder Hussain

19th May 2016: Year 10 Summer 2016 ExamsNUSA

Year 10 Summer 2016 Exams

19th May 2016: Year 8 Progress Board examsNUSA

Click here to open the letter and timetable

19th May 2016: Year 7 Progress Board ExamsNUSA

Click here to open the letter and timetable

16th May 2016: Junior Maths Challenge CongratulationsNottingham Free School


On 28th April 80 students from year 7 and 8 took part in the UKMT junior math challenge.

We are pleased to announce that the following students gained certificates.

Year 8 - Silver Certificates

  • Khulh Elgaredi 80 ( Also best in school and best in year group)
  • Danica Bowles 79
  • Molly Doran 78
  • Aamina Sharif 71
  • Sophie Hayes 71

Year 7 - Silver Certificates

  • Alex Hale 68 (Also best in year group)
  • Solly Worth 67

Year 8 - Bronze Certificates

  • Sophia Hollis 64
  • Jack Rowley 60
  • Haroon Malik 60
  • Nasua Iyamah 59
  • Izzy Phillips 58
  • Mitchell Riley 56
  • William Sutton 56
  • Fred Bramford 56
  • Harriet Lancley 55
  • John Kirkby 55
  • Emily Cunningham 54
  • Luis Russell 52
  • Larysa Hayes 51
  • Ademola Akanji 51

Year 7 - Bronze Certificates

  • Joe Bailey 61
  • James Hutchinson 57
  • Max Truman 55
  • Dylan Hill 55
  • Saira Bano Mehmood 55
  • Finlay Wilson 54
  • Sonny Woods 54
  • Harley Simpson 54
  • Daniel Dydra 53
  • Cariad Hargan Hughes 53
  • Matthew Baggley 52
  • Seth Richards 51

Well done to all students who took part this year and we are already looking forward to next years challenge.


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


Receptionist - Closing Date: 10/06/16 (14 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

01949 863020