News & Parents

Hengistbury Head Geography Trip – Year 10 (22/5/18)

On May 16/17, over 100 of the GCSE geographers went to the coast to complete their primary data collection for their GCSE Paper 3 exam.  The day included field-sketching, groyne measurements and long shore drift surveys, along with the obligatory ice cream purchase and selfie snaps! I’d personally like to thank all of the students who came on the trip for their exemplary behaviour and attitude towards the day and thank all the staff who helped out on the day including: Mr Thomas, Miss Williams, Mrs Hume, Mrs Battison, Mrs Llewelyn, Mrs Crafter and Mr Frape.

Facebook Live Event – Maths Revision (17/5/18)

21 May and 4 June – click here for details

Basingstoke Alliance SCITT Information Event (17/5/18)

Information Event, Saturday 19 May 2018, 10am to 12 noon, Dove House School Academy

Call on 01256 275002 or search, to pre-register and find out more.


County Athletics Success (16/5/18)

Costello’s athletes enjoyed a lot of success at the Hampshire ‘Club’ County Championships held at Mountbatten Sports Centre, Portsmouth. Representing Basingstoke and Mid Hants Athletics club, they competed against the best athletes in Hampshire across two days of competition. The age categories are Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17 so some competitors are competing against students from the school year above themselves, which makes life difficult. As always the standard of competition is extremely high and just competing at that level is an achievement in itself, however many of the athletes performed well and should be pleased with their performances.

The following all took part in various events and age groups: Wesley N’Dabian, Jessie Hill, Robyn Hill, Heidi Wallenberg, James Ruth, Cameron Coveney, Will Jones, Izzy Pinder, Catherine Edwards, Sienna Richardson.  In addition to competing, highlights from the meeting include: Will Jones (4th in Under 17 discus), Cameron Coveney (4th in Under 17 1500m Steeplechase), Catherine Edwards (2nd in Under 17 200m and 1st in the 300m), Sienna Richardson (2nd in Under 15 800m) and Izzy Pinder (2nd in Under 15 200m, 2nd in the HJ and 1st in 300m).  Ex student Mair Edwards also had a good meeting and won both the 100m and 200m in the Under 20’s event.

Congratulations to all who took part and particularly well done to the medallists.  The next major event is the County Schools event at Portsmouth on Saturday 9 June.

Superstars @ QMC (10/5/18)

Costello sent talented boys and girls from Years 7, 8 & 9 to take part in the annual Superstars event hosted by QMC.  The event is based on the 1980s TV series and the idea is that talented students take part in a range of different sporting challenges and fitness tests that assess their coordination, accuracy, speed, power and stamina.  In each event they compete against the other students from all the Basingstoke schools and score points depending on their finishing position. Once all events are completed the total points are accumulated and the overall winners are decided.  There are competitions within each category (year groups and gender) and an overall school competition.  All the students enjoyed the experience and Costello managed 6th position overall, which was good considering we had no Year 9 boys.  However in the Year 7 girls competition Jessie Hill managed runners up spot and Megan Payne became Year 8 girls individual champion.  Congratulations to all who took part and well done to Jessie and Megan.

Swimming Regional Medallist (10/5/18)

Charlyne and Julia Lebosse recently competed in the South East Regional Championships and both did very well. Charlyne made the finals in all butterfly events coming 7th in the 50 fly, 6th in the 200 fly and 4th in the 100 fly. Her twin sister Julia went on to get the bronze in the 50 freestyle in 28.02s and then a silver in the 50 breast in 35.56s smashing all previous personal bests. Fantastic results! Congratulations to both.

Extra-Curricular Opportunity (3/5/18)


Are you friendly and engaging, with a passion for presenting? Are you aged 7-14?  We are ready to offer someone just like you the chance to win a once-in-a lifetime prize!

Here’s what you’ll get if you win:  You’ll become BAFTA’s very own Young Presenter, doing the intros for BAFTA Kids videos and filming at a number of locations throughout the year.  You’ll get to work with our house crew at the BAFTA Children’s Awards in November, and you’ll even get to present an award at the ceremony!  You’ll also get to report from the set of a children’s television programme and host preview coverage from an event at BAFTA’s headquarters in London.

Apply soon! The closing date for entries is Monday 14 May 2018 at 17:00 (5pm) BST.


Peace Jam Conference (30/4/18)

Finally after being cancelled because of the snow, students from Costello School joined other students from around Hampshire (and the UK) to attend the 2018 Peace Jam conference at Winchester University on Saturday, April 21. Although the Nobel Laureate, Tawakkol Karman, was unable to attend the rescheduled event, students had the opportunity to listen to her recorded address and direct questions to a brilliant panel of youth activists and promoters of human rights. Students were able to learn about the conflict in Yemen and about how peaceful protests by Tawakkol Karman and countless others brought change in the country.

The day left students with a real sense of inspiration and motivation to learn more about the problems facing the world and to try to tackle them, that even (and especially) young people can make a huge difference in promoting peace and human rights across the globe and that, as we were asked to repeat, “We are the ones we have been waiting for”.

Cheque for Recycling (27/4/18)

On 21 March Mr Avery, Miss Young, Amy Kent and Aiden Cruddace were delighted to receive a cheque for £5000 from AWE.

This money will go towards a plastic recycling centre, meaning that The Costello School and other schools in the area will be able to recycle plastic and reuse the material, making a real impact on the amount of plastics that currently goes to land fill.


Dance Festival 2018 (24/4/18)

A huge well done to all the students involved in this year’s dance festival. As ever, it was so lovely to see all the different performances that the students work so hard to achieve, alongside the real mixture of students we have on stage. All years were involved again this year, which is fantastic.  It was brilliant practice for our GCSE Dance students, to perform in front of an audience, in preparation for their GCSE Dance moderation recordings. KS3 dancers never fail to amaze me with their hard work on their choreographies.  In particular, I’d like to thank all the staff who helped out on the night: Miss Hall, Mrs Llewellyn, Miss Allaire, Mr Gardner, Miss Borthwick, Mrs Battey, Dee Dinsey and the Site Team! Thank you all so much! I really appreciate your support.  Finally, I would like to thank all parents/ guardians for all your support! I very much appreciate it!

Mrs Adair

Thought For The Week (17/3/18)

Amazing Film Industry Experience (16/4/18)

On Monday 26 March a group of students from Costello went to the Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio tour. The students had a great day looking at props, costumes and sets from the Harry Potter Films. This experience has allowed students to see the amazing film industry that exists here in the UK.


Cabaret 2018 Auditions (29/3/18)

Make sure that you spend Easter practicing your audition piece! The auditions are 25 & 26 April.

If you would like to be part of the Cabaret performance at the end of the year, please fill in and return the peach-coloured sheet to Mrs Wall, Mrs Adair or Mr Gardner in the first week back after the Easter break

Students Performing at Haymarket (29/3/18)

The Costello School would like to wish students Leah, Katie, Lauren and Max the best for their performances.  All are playing various members of ensemble in Les Miserable School Edition – see  BATs flyer

Army Visit (27/3/18)

On 26 March 2018, the First Grenadier Guards Battalion visited the Costello School to talk to students about life in the army. Students were given the opportunity to sit and talk with the soldiers in small groups. They discussed reasons for joining the army, and the experiences men have had in service. The increase of context in our poetry units require students to think beyond just the poem and the soldiers’ views and first hand experience are invaluable to our students. Some of our students were perhaps persuaded to join, as one officer said a typical day for him was two hours of training in the morning, and then playing X-Box all day! The students were attentive and asked many insightful questions about the kind of discipline that was required, and the difficult things a soldier might see in the field. A valuable experience for all!