News & Parents

Carol Service Invite (14/12/18)

You are warmly invited to

The Costello School Carol Service

Thursday 20 December 6pm at St Mary’s Church

Eastrop, Basingstoke


Under 13 Girls Table Tennis team become County Champions (29/11/18)

Congratulations to the Under 13 Girls Table Tennis team (Sarah Robinson, Jess Frazer, Mya Byrne & Jessie Hill) who became County Champions on 25th November. They travelled to Testwood School, Totton, Southampton to compete in the County finals, because they had won the district competition at Aldworth earlier in the year. At the tournament, they faced the winners from each district around Hampshire and ultimately ended up winning their games to top the competition. As a result they now have the opportunity to represent Hampshire in the Regional finals which are usually in London. Congratulations!

KS3 Boys Badminton become District Champions (22/11/18)

Cooper Huggins, Conner de Silva, Will Reid and Gregor Stronach participated in the district badminton competition at the Vyne School and came away undefeated.

They were drawn in a pool with CBEC and Everest B team and the teams played each other in a round robin competition. In each match against the other school they played two singles games and three doubles games. Both pool matches were won convincingly 5 – 0 meaning Costello topped the pool. This in itself was a great achievement as all the boys are Year 8 students and were playing against Year 9s from other schools.

Everest A had won the other pool, so the two teams met in the final.  This was a much closer match and most games went almost all the way to the final points. In the end Costello won 4-1, meaning they were district champions.

They now will represent Basingstoke in the County Finals in Winchester.

Costello runners complete a clean sweep at the District XC (19/11/18)

Costello athletes kept up the strong tradition in the cross country at Sherfield school by achieving a clean sweep in all team competitions. The event is the Inter Schools Championships in addition to the selection race for the County Championships in January.

The Year 10/11 girls won their team event, with all three athletes also achieving district selection. Izzy Pinder was 2nd, Livi Rugman 3rd and Maisie Marchant 5th.  The Year 10/11 boys also won the team event with the B team finishing 3rd. Richard Sutton ran a very strong race for 2nd position, closely followed by Cameron Coveney in 3rd. Jamie Frazer came home 7th to complete the A team. Gabriel Bori sneaked home in 10th to also achieve district selection and Ollie Parsons and Peter Whitfield were close behind in 16th and 21st respectively.

In the Junior girls event (Years 8/9) Costello had a large entry and managed three teams. The A team won, the B team finished 3rd and the C team finished 5th. Individual performances were as follows: Sienna Richardson 1st (to become individual district champion), Grace Cox 4th, Jessie Hill 5th, Amelia Payne 6th, Grace Williams 7th, Katerina Pole 9th, Olivia Payne 12th, Victoria Thomas 15th, Sarah Robinson 16th and Emily Garratt 17th.  Finally the Year 8/9 boys completed the clean sweep. Stanley Murphy ran a great race for 2nd, Aidan Leavey was close behind in 3rd, Will Rixon completed the A team in 6th. Sam Kemp and Sammy Williams were immediately behind in 7th and 8th and Braedon Greene completed the line up in 13th position.

All in all a fantastic result and those in the top 10 can look forward to their county race at Southampton Sports Centre in January.

The Costello School celebrates Centenary with Service of Remembrance on Friday 9 November  (13/11/18)

Students from Bohunt Education Trust proudly commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Armistice with a special Remembrance Service at Priory School

Students from six schools reading WW1 poetry and literature, a collaborative cascade of beautiful handmade poppies and performances from a choir and orchestra were just some of the highlights of Bohunt Education Trust (BET)’s Remembrance Service.

Last Friday, staff and students from The Costello School travelled to Priory School in Southsea to commemorate a special Remembrance Day event with other staff and students from across BET.

The Service was in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, which marked the end of the First World War. Priory School was recommissioned as a Military Hospital during the First World War, and current staff and students were honoured to host the event for representatives from all six BET schools across the South of England.

Guests included 99-year-old veteran John Jenkins MBE Ld’H who read the Act of Remembrance, Stephen Morgan, MP – an ex-Priory student, Portsmouth’s Deputy Lord Mayoress Leza Tremorin and representatives from a variety of faiths in recognition of the history of and significance that Priory School played during the war, and the sacrifice made by local men and women from Portsmouth.

Stewart Vaughan, Headteacher at Priory said, “Armistice Day reminds us of the sacrifice that so many young men and women in Portsmouth made one hundred years ago. To remember them and the time they spent here at Priory has brought great pride, especially as this building held so much importance during the years of 1914 -1918. It is important to us as part of Bohunt Education Trust that we teach children about the significance of our location in Hampshire, and the history of our forefathers from the area”.

CEO of Bohunt Education Trust, Neil Strowger, said, “BET’s approach to immersive learning enables all our students to experience hands-on history. The Centenary is a very humbling occasion and we are fortunate in that many of our students come to school every day to Priory – a building that played a pivotal role in Portsmouth during 1914-18. Our ethos is Enjoy Respect Achieve – and today is a key example to all our students and staff of respect for those who died during the Great War.’

Costello Remembers (9/11/18)

In this centenary year Costello has created two memorial garden displays at the front of school.
The first features the silent silhouette of a soldier to represent the local men who fought in the war and 100 poppies to symbolise each year since the ending of World War One. The poppies have been decorated by students and are labelled with the names of Basingstoke men and the streets they lived on, who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The second garden has the silent silhouette of a suffragette to acknowledge the all-female cohort of the school during the First World War and the invaluable contribution women made to the war effort.

Students also attended assemblies and tutor time dedicated to the theme of remembrance.

Thank you to Bohunt Education Trust, who sponsored the silent silhouette figures.

Table Tennis and Netball District Success (29/10/18)

District Table Tennis Team – Costello sent 36 students to take part in the district team table tennis event at Aldworth School. This was the largest entry from any of the Basingstoke Schools and in the two boys age groups we had A, B & C teams which was fantastic. All teams (boys and girls) did well with the ‘A’ teams in all four age categories making the play off stages having successfully navigated the pools.  In the knockout stages, the girls fared better than the boys, with both the Under 16 girls and U13 girls both winning the overall titles. The Under 16 boys finished runners up to Challoner and the Under 13 boys finished joint 3rd having been knocked out in the semi-final.  As a result of winning the competition, both girls’ teams now have the opportunity to represent Basingstoke at the County Finals at Testwood Sports College, Totton. Congratulations to all involved and especially the girls teams.

District Netball League – After 4 years of trying, the fabulous Year 10 netball team have won the district league. Their commitment, enthusiasm, skill and ability has only increased over the years and Miss Seddon couldn’t be happier. (The girls might tell you, Miss Seddon shed a little tear when they won!)   Thank you girls – you thoroughly deserve this.  #veryproudmissseddon



Costello Achieves School Games Mark Silver Award (11/10/18)

Costello have received the National School Games Mark Bronze Award in the past, but following the 2018 application for the Bronze Award, we were one of a sample of schools that were chosen for moderation to ensure national consistency. Mr. Jeffs underwent a moderation process with the national moderators and our application was upgraded to the Silver Award, based on their findings, which is great news for the school.

The award is all about the quality of PE provision both in curricular and extra-curricular time and the award recognises the number of opportunities that are provided by the school and the number of students engaged in physical activity during the week. This includes work in lessons in addition to leadership opportunities and opportunities to represent the school in clubs and teams.

Thank you to all students who have attended the clubs and opportunities we provide. You have contributed towards this award.