Message from the Chair of Governors (18/1/18)

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am writing to introduce Philip Avery, the new Acting Headteacher of Costello School. Following his first week in the post, he is excited about his time at Costello and is looking forward to meeting many of you over the coming weeks.  Mr Avery says “The highlight of my first week was meeting new people; curious students who were proud to tell me about their school (and ask lots of questions) and fantastic staff who were keen to tell me of their plans and successes. ”

I would like to reassure parents, students and the wider school community that the departure of Mr Adams will not detract from the excellent education that The Costello School provides, nor will it stop it moving forwards.

Mr Adams resigned over the Christmas holiday and the Governing Body, following an impact assessment, asked Bohunt Education Trust (BET) to provide short-term, immediate, managerial and strategic support to enable existing members of the school staff to remain focused on their existing priorities. BET, as a major educational provider, has the capacity, experience and ability to be able to fulfil this request at short notice. Costello has NOT joined BET. However, due to Mr Avery’s role as Director of Education for BET, we can draw on their considerable resources.

The Governing Body is currently reflecting on what the next step for Costello should be, more information on this should be available around the end of the month. This gives us a rare opportunity to focus everyone’s attention on the here and now, rather than the next initiative. How do we replicate the superb progress in all departments? How do we provide even better pastoral support to our students? How do we further develop the knowledge and skills of our staff through the link with BET?

Mr Avery will be joined by an Acting Co-Headteacher, Gary Green, from 29 January. This model, which BET has used very successfully elsewhere, gives us even more resource and opportunity to have a positive impact on Costello. Mr Green will be in school on Mondays and Tuesdays, with Mr Avery in school from Wednesday to Friday. Mrs Hannaby remains the school’s Senior Deputy Headteacher and Miss Comber remains the school’s Interim Deputy Headteacher.

I would ask parents and guardians to support the school at this time by continuing to hold the highest expectations of their children in all aspects of their education including their commitment to class work and home learning and their respect and tolerance of everyone in the school community.

Finally, I would like to thank Mr Adams for all of his hard work and the staff and students for their superb attitude towards the situation.

Kind Regards

Hilary Todd
Chair of Governors
The Costello School

The Costello School strengthens offer to students (9/1/18)

The Costello School today announced it is strengthening its offer to students by bringing in support from a leading academy trust.

Bohunt Education Trust (BET) is providing short-term resources, advice and support to The Costello School, in Basingstoke, which is rated Good by Ofsted.

This includes the appointment of Philip Avery as acting headteacher. Mr Avery is the Director of Education at BET, a high-performing academy trust which comprises five secondary schools in the south of England – in Worthing, Liphook (named School of the Year in 2014 by the Times Education Supplement), Portsmouth, Petersfield and Wokingham – and opened a new Sixth Form last year in Liphook.  Mr Avery replaces Leigh Adams, who stepped down at Christmas.

Hilary Todd, Chair of Governors at The Costello School, said:

“We are delighted that Bohunt will be providing strategic and managerial support to our senior leadership team in the short term. Like Costello, they are passionately committed to inspiring children and young people and have a track record of success. I have every confidence in their ability to deliver a high quality of education.”

Phil Avery said:

“All of us at Bohunt are looking forward to working with The Costello School and its students in this interim period. Our schools are characterised by high standards and a real focus on achieving across all areas of school life, and Costello is therefore an excellent fit for both parties.”


Reminder for Year 9 Parents regarding the options process in January (8/1/18)

Thursday 18 January Year 9 Options Evening for Parents (6.30pm to 8.30pm). A letter will be sent to parents outlining the schedule for the evening in early January.

Thursday 25 January Year 9 Parent Consultation Evening.


Christmas Message from the Governors (21/12/17)

On Tuesday evening I had the great pleasure of attending Costello’s inaugural carol service at St. Mary’s Church in Eastrop. The service, which was really well attended by parents and students, was so enjoyable. It showcased the talent of our students through humorous drama sketches, vocal and instrumental pieces, readings and words from students, staff and Rob, the vicar. We all joined in to sing the carols as well. It was a great way of bringing the school community together and an event which I’m sure will become a regular part of the school calendar.

Thank you to everyone who came along to support the school, and I would like to say a special thank you to all the students and staff who made this happen – you were amazing – and particularly Mr Gardner and Miss Seddon for all their hard work, and also to St Mary’s Church.

On behalf of the governing body happy holidays everyone!

Lisa Martin-Whatley, Community Governor

Christmas Carol Service (19/12/17)

Reminder to parents, relatives and friends of all Costello students that we are holding our inaugural Christmas Carol Service at St Mary’s Church, Tuesday 19 December at 6.00pm. Everyone is welcome. Please spread the festive word.

Term Dates Reminder (15/12/17)

Last day of term – Friday 22 December, early finish 12.20pm

First day of Spring term – Monday 8 January 2018

Drama Students A level Experience (12/12/17)

On Friday 8 December, nine KS4 Drama students went to QMC to experience an A level Drama and BTEC Performing Arts lesson. Overall, students took part in two separate lessons. The first was an AS Drama lesson focusing on physical theatre. This was then followed by a lesson with the second year BTEC Performing Arts students who were staging Sweeney Todd.

The Costello students were keen to get involved and throw themselves in at the deep end by working alongside the QMC students. Subsequently, an enriching experience which enabled students to think about their future and which paths they might take with Drama.

School open as normal 11/12/17)

The school will be open as normal today. All paths have been cleared and gritted. Should the weather worsen we will keep you updated via email and on the website.

School Snow Closure Procedure Reminder (8/12/17)

In the event of predicted or sudden heavy snow fall –  please note our procedure – click here