Welcome

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.

News

22nd March 2017: Year 7 Sporting SuccessNUSA

The year 7 football team reached the City semi-finals last Thursday against a very strong Nottingham Academy, including several academy players, the students narrowly lost 2 – 1. Conceding in the second half of injury time. I was so proud of all students, their attitude and determination was exceptional. Despite the tears at full time, they still managed to smile for the photo. Please congratulate all students involved.

I also took the Year 7 Rugby team to the Nottingham city competition last night. NUSA won every game they played in last night. With numerous students being scouted as a result from their performance. Dayton Lancaster was the star of the show scoring 6 trys

22nd March 2017: ITT Mentor trainingSCITT

The lead up to summer brought yet another successful mentor session for our current SCITT mentor cohort. It was great to see yet another good turn out and to use this opportunity to focus a lot more on personalising lesson feedback as well as looking at the grading system in more detail.

The core training team definitely enjoyed working on a more one to one basis with mentors and it was a wonderful opportunity to get some subject specific feedback. Mentors made some extremely valuable contributions when it came to developing trainees’ subject knowledge and as a result we have been able to circulate these across our partnership.

The collaborative approach mentors took when reflecting on providing constructive feedback resulted in an increase in confidence from all participants. Mentors came away from the training feeling a lot more self-assured and secure in their approaches to steering trainees in the right direction and setting them suitable targets.

This mentor session only highlighted more how worthwhile it is to all work together and share good working practice.

"The mentor training was invaluable. I found it very useful to share ideas with other colleagues on how to develop trainees in terms of their teaching and working towards their professional standards. It was also great to develop my knowledge of how to observe and grade my trainee. This has helped a great deal this term!"

School based mentor

21st March 2017: Red Nose Day WordsearchToot Hill School

To help raise money for Red Nose Day the Learning Lounge has created a Red Nose Day Wordsearch! For every completed wordsearch handed in we will donate 10p to the cause, you will also receive a lolly for your efforts.

So pop into the Learning Lounge this week and take part. Not only is it super fun but you can help those in need as well.

Wordsearches are located on the issue desk! Get searching.

21st March 2017: Comic ReliefNottingham Free School

We are raising money at Nottingham Free School for Comic Relief this Friday 24 March.

Comic Relief is a major charity based in the UK, with a vision of a just world, free from poverty. It will be a non-uniform day for students for a £1 donation and all students are encouraged to wear something red.

We will also be holding a bake sale so any cake and biscuit donations would be greatly received.

Students are to bring a bit of change if they want to buy any cakes or take part in 'beat the teacher goalie' at lunch time!

20th March 2017: University of Nottingham History students teach at NUASTNUAST

Undergraduate History students of Dr David Gehring at the University of Nottingham came in to NUAST today to teach a revision session to A-level History students. The session covered the Reformation, the role of England in the wider context of Europe and themes around world exploration in the 16th Century.

This is one of several exciting links developing between the History department of UoN and NUAST

20th March 2017: ATOS Visit NUASTNUAST

Major Technology company ATOS visited year 12 and 13 students at NUAST today to advertise their excellent apprenticeship opportunities to our scientists, Engineers and computer scientists

20th March 2017: Calling All Writers To The Learning LoungeToot Hill School

Do you love writing and want others to get lost in your stories? Then this is the opportunity for you! We will compile all student stories into a lovely reading file that students can read in the Learning Lounge.

What do we need:

  • Short stories containing around 500 words
  • If you love writing and want other students to read it; bring in a copy of your story today (Electronic copies preferred)

All stories will be proof read by Ms Jones and Ms Marris before being added to the story file.

GET WRITING!

20th March 2017: Reading Classics Club Starting 20th April 2017Toot Hill School

!ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITY!

Would you like to learn more about the world of classics? The Learning Lounge is giving the opportunity for students to join a reading group every Thursday after school.

Starting: Thursday 20th April

Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Reading: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

For more information and to 'book' a place make sure to come see Ms Jones or Ms Marris in the Learning Lounge!!!

“It’s the most curious thing I ever saw in all my life” (Alice in wonderland)

17th March 2017: Enrichment Options Summer 2017Nottingham Free School

The enrichment booklet showing the options for Y7 and Y8 is now available to view. Students can make options from Monday 20th March during their PSHE lessons. The booklet can be found on the enrichment lessons page of our website. Enjoy reading about the fantastic things we have on offer this term.

17th March 2017: Big Bang Fair 2017 - STEM TripToot Hill School

52 Year 9 & 10 students visited The Big Bang Fair on Wednesday. It is the UK's largest celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

They behaved impeccably and made the very best of the activities, and experiences that were on offer. Follow @TootHillSTEM for information on future STEM events and photo/video of what has been going on.

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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

NUSA

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.

NUAST

From September 2014, TAGT will become educational partners at the Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology. Sponsored by The University of Nottingham and Sir Harry Djanogly, NUAST will provide GCSE, BTEC and A Level qualifications in the sciences, computing and engineering.

Housed in a purpose built facility in Dunkirk and supported by local industry, NUAST will provide Nottingham with a much needed specialist provision in academic and vocational education.

Nottinghamshire Torch TSA

An Inclusive Teaching School Alliance

The Nottinghamshire Torch Teaching School Alliance is a partnership of 22 multi-phase schools spread across the East Midlands, based at Toot Hill School, Bingham, who all share a common goal of continuous school improvement through collaboration.

The prime aim of our teaching school alliance can be distilled into two key targets:

  • Improving the quality of teaching in the classroom
  • Raising levels of attainment and progress through all key stages

We warmly invite you to consider joining us to help shape the future of our profession and the lives of the children we serve. We are an open and inclusive Teaching School Alliance welcoming schools from all phases. If you would like to find out more about the Torch Teaching School Alliance use the contact form on this site or alternatively visit our website at www.torchtsa.co.uk.

Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT

Based at Toot Hill Bingham, Nottinghamshire, our SCITT offers school based Primary and Secondary Teacher training in a range of schools and subjects.

We offer School Centred Initial Teacher Training across a range of Nottinghamshire Schools in partnership with the University of Nottingham. This allows students to train in schools, through classroom based experience with the support of a school based mentor, securing a PGCE qualification at the end of the year.

We also provide School Direct placements in a range of schools in Nottinghamshire at both primary and secondary level.

Jobs and Recruitment

The TAG Trust offers an exciting and dynamic workplace environment. We believe that staff make a difference to children and place staff development at the centre of our strategic planning. All teaching staff are offered the opportunity to complete a funded Masters in Education programme, in partnership with the University of Nottingham. Staff are offered regular training opportunities and we run a series of 'in-house' training schemes to prepare staff for career progression at all levels. The Torch Teaching School alliance offers the opportunity for wider professional networking and opportunities to lead and learn from colleagues working in a diverse range of settings.

Our staff are highly professional, work hard and are appropriately rewarded for doing an excellent job.

Current Vacancies

When completing your online application form, if you have any questions or need any assistance, please email our recruitment support provider here and include the advert reference in the subject line. Alternatively, please call 01509 236 434 for assistance.

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Toot Hill School

Lead Teacher of English

Closing Date: Fri 24th Mar 2017 9am

Salary: Competitive

Type: Permanent / Full Time

Summary: An exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, imaginative teacher to join a supportive department within an 'Outstanding' school. You will have a passion for English together with the skills to inspire our students and assist with the leadership of the department. This role is suitable for an experienced teacher and the successful candidate for this full time position of Lead Teacher of English needs to be able to teach the full ability and age range.

Toot Hill School

Teacher of English

Closing Date: Fri 24th Mar 2017 9am

Salary: Competitive

Type: Permanent / Full Time

Summary: An exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, innovative teacher to join a supportive department within an 'Outstanding' school. You will have a passion for English together with the skills to inspire our students. The successful candidate for this full time position of teacher of English needs to be able to teach the full ability and age range. This role would be suitable for an experienced teacher or an NQT.

Toot Hill School

ICT Support Officer

Closing Date: Mon 17th Apr 2017 9am

Salary: £20661 - £24964

Type: Permanent / Full Time

Summary: An exciting opportunity has arisen in our ICT department for an organised, approachable and proactive individual to join the team.

NUAST

Head of Maths

Closing Date: Mon 27th Mar 2017 (4 days to go)

Visit NUAST for more information and an application form.

Firbeck Academy

Lead Teacher of the Deaf

Closing Date: Mon 3rd Apr 2017 (11 days to go)

Visit Firbeck Academy for more information and an application form.

Firbeck Academy

Teacher of the Deaf

Closing Date: Mon 3rd Apr 2017 (11 days to go)

Visit Firbeck Academy for more information and an application form.

NUAST

Invigilator

Closing Date: Sun 30th Apr 2017 (38 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
Bingham
Nottingham NG13 8BL