Exciting new partnership for the Nottingham University Samworth Academy

NUSA team
15 Oct 2013 10:25:00.000


The University of Nottingham, Sir David Samworth and the Torch Academy Gateway Trust are delighted to announce a new partnership leading the Nottingham University Samworth Academy in Bilborough, Nottingham.

The partnership represents a new phase in the NUSA journey and will focus on developing and improving the learning outcomes at the school, providing an exciting and vibrant educational environment for all its students.

The Torch Academy Gateway Trust has an outstanding record of school improvement, secured through staff development and high quality teaching and learning.

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The partnership will use the Torch Academy Gateway Trust’s track record of school improvement in conjunction with the outstanding teaching and training practice provided by The University of Nottingham’s School of Education.

The aspiration of the new partnership is to continue to raise academic standards and deepen the work the University undertakes with children in the school to develop aspirations and community engagement.

Ambitious goals

Professor Alan Ford, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at The University of Nottingham, and Sir David Samworth, co-sponsor, welcomed the partnership: “We are delighted that the Torch Academy Gateway Trust has agreed to join us in supporting the next phase in NUSA’s development. We believe that this agreement brings us closer to achieving our ambitious goals for the young people of our local community.”

Jonathan Taylor, Vice Chief Executive Officer of the Torch Academy Gateway Trust added: “This is an exciting partnership that will bring real benefits to the children at Nottingham University Samworth Academy Trust and demonstrates Torch Academy Gateway Trusts continued commitment to improving children's opportunities.

“We look forward to working with the sponsors and everyone in the community to ensure the continued success of Nottingham University Samworth Academy.”

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PICTURED above (l-r): Cathy Strawson (Nottingham University Samworth Academy) Neil Macey (Nottingham University Samworth Academy) Jonathan Taylor (Vice CEO of the Torch Academy Gateway Trust) Richard Hadfield (Nottingham University Samworth Academy) Brian Stein (Chair of NUSA Trust Board) John Tomasevic (CEO of the Torch Academy Gateway Trust) Emma Sims (University of Nottingham).

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Torch Academy Gateway Trust
is a Multi-Academy Trust headquartered at Toot Hill School in Bingham, Nottinghamshire. The trust runs Toot Hill School. Toot Hill School is an 11-18 Academy situated in the Nottinghamshire market town of Bingham. Toot Hill School was judged outstanding by Ofsted in December 2011. It is ranked in the top two per cent of schools nationally for pupil progress and the top 20 per cent of schools nationally for improvement (SSAT 2013). The Head of School is Ashfaq Rahman.

The trust also runs Meden School, an 11-18 Academy situated in Market Warsop. Since becoming part of the Torch Academy Gateway Trust, Meden has made significant improvements and was placed in the top 10 of most improved schools nationally in 2012. The Head of School is David Hooker.

The Trust is behind the plans to open the Nottingham Free School, an 11-18 secondary Free School to be situated in the north of Nottingham city. The school has been approved by the DfE and will open in September 2014 to year seven pupils. The Trust is also proposing a new 11-18 school in the Trent Bridge area of Nottingham with a prospective opening date of September 2014.

The CEO of the Torch Academy Gateway Trust is John Tomasevic. John is a highly experienced educational practitioner who has worked in schools for 35 years. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the Torch Academy Gateway Trust and the Executive Head Teacher of the three schools in the Trust. He is also a National Leader of Education and in 2013 was appointed as a National Advisor to the DfE.

Jonathan Taylor, graduate of the University of Oxford has an outstanding track record of school leadership and school improvement. Jonathan has represented the Trust at national and regional levels. He has led the successful development of the Torch Teaching school alliance, a network of 22 schools working collaboratively. He is currently the Vice Chief Executive Officer of the Torch Academy Gateway Trust.

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More information is available from Emma.Sims@nottingham.ac.uk, Head of Access and Communities, University of Nottingham, on +44 (0)115 748 4607; or Mat Harnan, Torch Academy Gateway Trust, on +44 (0)1949 863 042, MHarnan@toothill.notts.sch.uk

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