Shirt Sleeve Order (22/6/17)

As the weather now seems to have cooled somewhat we will return to shirt sleeve order on Friday 22 June. Students must have their ties on and shirts tucked in. Many thanks for your support.

GCSE Fact Sheet Update (21/6/17)

The DfE have published some updated information for parents regarding the news GCSE’s being taken this year and in the future. You can download it here.

Sports Day Tuesday 27th June (20/6/17)

Reminder that it is our annual Sports Day on Tuesday 27th June. We are looking forward to some great participation, competition and hopefully weather.

Inset Day Wednesday 21 June (20/6/17)

Reminder that School is closed for Y7-10. There is a GCSE Chemistry exam in the morning preceded by a booster session from 7.45am. School buses will be running as normal both in the morning and afternoon.

Hot weather plea (19/6/17)

It seems incredible to think a couple of weeks ago we were being drenched to the bone and blown to bits. In light of the current hot weather please can all students bring in plenty of water, as the fountains are struggling to cope with the demand. Also bring in a sun hat/cap and sun cream (if you are doing PE). The current ‘shirt sleeve’ and ‘no tie’ order will stay in place until at least Thursday. We will update you via email and social media.

Open Morning Tuesday 20 June 2017 (16/6/17)

The Costello School warmly invites you to our Open Morning on Tuesday 20 June 2017

Changing schools can be a challenging experience for both children and their parents. At The Costello School we do all we can to make that change as smooth as possible. I am delighted to invite you to our forthcoming Open Morning event designed to help you choose the correct secondary school for your child.

On the morning parents are invited to visit and tour the School on a normal working day. A tour of the School will take place at 9.00am and will finish with an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Please note that this event is for parents only.

If you would like to attend, please register your interest by emailing

Race for Life Pretty Muddy June 2017 (14/6/17)

This year 32 students, staff and parents took part in Basingstoke’s Pretty Muddy Race for Life at Down Grange as part of The Costello School Group.

The girls made a fantastic effort to complete the course as a team, whilst getting very muddy to show their support to friends and families who have been affected by Cancer. As a group we managed to raise over £250, which will go towards lifesaving Cancer research.

There were prizes for the muddiest student and staff member, congratulations to Jazz Clarkson who was literally covered from head to toe and Dr Underdown for her log roll through the paddling pool full of mud!

Thank you to all students, staff and parents who came to support us, a brilliant effort by all!

Inspirational Teacher (9/6/17)

We are pleased to inform you that one of the winners of ‘A Place to be Proud of Awards for 2017’, on 7 June, was our very own Ljiljana Jones. The awards were announced at a special evening held at The Haymarket, a huge well done to Ljiljana (Curriculum Team Leader for Modern Foreign Languages) for winning the Inspirational Teacher Award.

The Inspirational Teacher Award was chosen by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council who said, “Ljiljana is the heartbeat of Costello and does everything for everyone else before herself.”

Headteacher, Leigh Adams said, “I am so delighted for Ljiljana. It is testament to her dedication, inspiration, energy and ‘can do’ attitude and reflects the amount of work she has put in with regard to such projects as Erasmus and the trip to Ghana, as well as year on year strong GCSE results with her team.”

The Place to be Proud of Awards are organised by Destination Basingstoke and are supported by Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Festival Place, with media partners, Gazette Newspapers and The Breeze.

The awards recognise the contributions made by individuals, groups, organisations, places and initiatives that make our borough a diverse, vibrant community and a great place to live and do business. Individual categories are sponsored by locally-based businesses.

Ex-Costello student Jim Feighery-Murphy was also a winner! Well done to Jim who won the Sports Hero Award, chosen by Destination Basingstoke.

Manchester Appeal (6/6/17)

We have raised £841.08 for the Manchester Appeal.

The money will go to the Red Cross who are supporting the Manchester tragedy.

Thank you and well done everyone.