News & Parents

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.

GCSE Success Fair (8/10/18)

We will be holding a GCSE success fair on Wednesday 17th October 6.00pm – 7.30pm at The Costello School. The aim of the evening is to provide students and parents with all of the vital information required to prepare fully for the November PPE exams. There will be three parts to the evening; a subject fair showcasing information from each subject, a short presentation and a series of practical workshops covering key strategies for English, maths, science and student wellbeing. We look forward to welcoming all our Year 11 parents and students.

Working Together on CCF Away Day (2/10/18)

A number of cadets went to the Royal School of Military Engineering training facility at Hawley Lake as part of our annual CCF Away Day. Working with students from Lord Wandsworth’s College, students refined skills in bushcraft, command tasks, problem solving and even tried their hand at demolition techniques. In the afternoon, teams went head-to-head against other sections to build rafts and paddle them around a course on the lake. While it was a very enjoyable day, cadets had to be able to work together, be resilient and think creatively to overcome the tasks and for many it was a chance to practice leadership skills. I was enormously proud to see them work together and achieve so much.  Year 9 Students and carers: Combined Cadet Force will be looking to recruit year 9s in January 2019. I will deliver an assembly in the next half term and provide a letter to parents before the Christmas break. If you have any questions or queries, or if you are considering getting involved as an adult volunteer, please contact me via email at

The Costello School Opens Eyes and Welcomes Record Numbers to Transformational Open Evening (1/10/18)

Elephant’s toothpaste, the binary birthday party, a literature room, live music performances and interactive murder mysteries: just some of the highlights on offer as The Costello School welcomed around 450 families to its inspirational Open Evening on Wednesday 26 September, making it the most successful open event in the School’s history.

Almost 95% of visitors to the Open Evening said the experience had changed their perception for the better or had reinforced their already high opinion of the School. Parents and children left informed of and impressed by the School’s vision for education, the high calibre of staff and new Head of School Randall Jull, who was appointed in June 2018.

This summer the Costello School celebrated its strongest GCSE results in recent history, with English, maths and science all significantly above national average, and progress likely to be the highest across the town. Parents from across the region came to see this academic provision, but were blown away by the pastoral care and educational enrichment on display.

The evening was a chance for parents to familiarise themselves with the wealth of opportunities available at The Costello School, which has recently become part of the highly successful, high-achieving Bohunt Education Trust. With this partnership comes support, challenge and ambition for the years ahead, both academically and with regards to enrichment provision; the Open Evening with its electric atmosphere, eloquent guides and confident performers was a sign of this.

The event was also an excellent opportunity for students from The Costello School to bring their talents to the local community. Parents were greeted with dinner, prepared by the Food Technology students; the set phrase dance rehearsals, practical work and laser cutting in DT, ‘meet your Governors and Bohunt Education Trust’ and information regarding support at Costello were just some examples of the myriad of experiences on offer.

Randall Jull, Head of School at The Costello School said,

“It has been wonderful to be part of the extraordinary team of students and staff in the lead-up to our Open Evening and I feel privileged to have led the School for the last few months. We are extremely proud of our high standards, second-to-none facilities and the opportunities we can offer students and we know that trusting us with the education of your child is one of the most important decisions you can make. Despite our size, our pastoral care means we know and value every individual at The Costello School and your child really could not be in better hands.”

Philip Avery, Director of Education at Bohunt Education Trust, said,

“Since Bohunt Education Trust started working with The Costello School in December last year, it has been rewarding and uplifting to see the strong improvements. BET schools are well known for their culture of innovation, provision of fantastic learning environments and a wealth of opportunities for students that develop leadership, ambition and self-esteem, as well as outstanding attainment. The level of interest in The Costello School this evening, and the superb summer GCSE results are testament to the hard work of students and staff in striving to make our ambitious educational vision reality.”

This is not the only opportunity to experience The Costello School’s inspiring atmosphere and unrivalled facilities and ask questions of its excellent staff. On Tuesday 2 October the School is delighted to welcome prospective Yr 6 and Yr 5s and their families to the Open Morning and there will be two further Open Mornings on 5 February and 18 June for prospective Yr 5s and their families.

Macmillan Coffee Morning update (28/9/18)

‘Thank you to all the parents, carers and staff for all the support for Macmillan coffee morning. There was lots of delicious goodies to share, relaxing over a morning coffee’ and £108 raised for the charity, thank you.

Macmillan Coffee Morning (27/9/18)

Parents, carers and families are warmly invited to join us for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on –

28 September 10am – 12 noon in the Learning Resource Centre

To support and raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. We will have drinks, games and lots of cakes to raise money for this worthwhile charity. We will also provide hints and tips for parents on homework and how best to support your young person. We hope you will be able to join us


The Costello School Joins Bohunt Education TrustThe Costello School

The Costello School in Basingstoke has today announced that it has joined high-performing multi-academy trust, Bohunt Education Trust (BET), effective from 1 September 2018.

The transfer has received widespread support from parents, students, staff and the local community, following BET providing strong interim support to the school since January. BET’s work was also praised by Ofsted after an inspection of The Costello School in March.

The Costello School will benefit from the high-quality and innovative approach to education championed by BET, which already sponsors a number of successful secondary schools in the South-East, including Hampshire and Portsmouth.

This summer, all BET schools celebrated achieving their most successful GCSE results in recent history, and all schools reported providing students with the greatest number of enrichment activities on record – central to BET’s ethos for providing all students with the opportunities to succeed.

The Costello School will retain its unique identity and will continue to be led by Headteacher Randall Jull, whilst benefiting from the full support of the Trust including accessing its range of resources and expertise. Teachers and leaders at the school will have the opportunity to share best practice with others across the Trust, and students will also benefit from further enrichment and outdoor education opportunities.

There are no plans to change the length of the school day, the logo or the uniform, and the Trust will continue to work closely with the senior leadership team and Board of Governors to build on the significant improvements already made.

With the addition of The Costello School, BET now runs six successful secondary schools, alongside its sixth form, which opened in Liphook last September.

Hilary Todd, Chair of Governors at The Costello School, said: “The Governors have been working towards this decision for some time and are therefore delighted to now be part of the BET family. We are looking forward to all the opportunities it brings for the future of Costello.”

Headteacher at The Costello School, Randall Jull, said: “We are committed to ensuring that every one of our students at The Costello School has the opportunity to lead their very best life, to reach academic excellence, and to experience activities that will shape them as young people, setting them on their path to adulthood.

“The educational philosophy championed by Bohunt Education Trust is completely aligned with Costello’s, and we look forward to sharing resources, opportunities, and best practice expertise. By joining BET, Costello will provide an even greater range of first class opportunities for our great students, while retaining the special identity of our wonderful school”.

Neil Strowger, Chief Executive of Bohunt Education Trust, said: “We are delighted to be officially welcoming The Costello School to Bohunt Education Trust – after working closely with the school to drive improvements and attainment since January.

“The school is well-established in the local community and we are pleased that this move has received such positive support from parents, staff, students and the wider school community. We look forward to continuing to work together in the weeks and months as the school enters this new and exciting chapter as part of our Trust.”

Open Evening Information (6/9/18)

We invite you to visit Costello to see and feel for yourself the warmth, ambition and vibrancy of our learning community. We are very confident that a visit to The Costello School will justify your interest in the school as we continue to develop as a centre of excellence in Basingstoke and beyond.

Open Evening

Wednesday 26 September, 6pm – 9pm

Head of School’s talk at 6.30pm and 7.30pm

Open Afternoon and Mornings

Thursday 13 September – tours at 12.30pm and 2.15pm

Wednesday 19 September – tours at 9.00am and 10.00am

Tuesday 2 October – tours at 9.00am and 10.00am

Additional Open Mornings – Year 5

Tuesday 5 February – tours at 9.00am and 10.00am

Tuesday 18 June – tours at 9.00am and 10.00am

To register your interest in attending an Open Morning please email  We respectfully ask you not to bring your son/daughter with you for this visit as we do not want them to miss vital time at school.


AUGUST 2018 – The Costello School once again celebrates strong GCSE results

Students, parents, staff, and governors at The Costello School in Basingstoke are celebrating after receiving their GCSE results today.

The school continues to go from strength to strength with results that again surpass the good performances seen in previous years, with 65% of students getting the Grade 4 benchmark, or better, in English and in maths.

Despite the increased rigour of the new GCSEs the school has seen results in the core subjects of English, maths and science once again surpass national averages, with English achieving 78%, maths 77% (6% up on 2017), and science 75% (9% up on 2017) at grade 4 or above.

Many other subjects exceeded a pass rate of over 90% – Hair and Beauty (92) RE (95) Dance, Drama, PE, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics (all 100%).

The school is immensely proud of all students in the year group and the personal successes they have had, and while a set of results will never define any individual, some notable mentions include:

Eleanor Smith with six grade 9s

Louise Bickley with six grade 9s

Aimee Quigg with five grade 9s and four grade 8s

Tara Flavin with four grade 9s and three grade 8s

Jess Lake with four grade 9s and two grade 8s

Prerana Gurung with three grade 9s and five grade 8s

Jake Lomax with three grade 9s and four grade 8s


Randall Jull, Head of School, said:

“we are once again humbled by the achievements of our wonderful students, how diligently they have applied themselves, and how well rewarded they have been for their efforts. I am grateful to my fantastic staff who relentlessly go the extra mile every day to ensure that every one of our young people has the opportunity to live their very best life when they move on from us, and for the support and commitment we get from the parents who trust us with their children.

Alongside our first class pastoral provision and excellent enrichment opportunities, these outcomes show why The Costello School is the school of choice, and goes from strength to strength.”


Hilary Todd, Chair of Governors, said:

The Governors would like to recognise all the hard work of our students and staff this year and congratulate them on their achievements. The results reflect the commitment of everyone concerned and we would like to wish all the students good luck in the next stage of their journey and hope they will remember their time in school with affection.”



Over £1300 Raised at CostelloFest! (18/7/18)

Thank you for supporting CostelloFest.  We raised over £1300!

Thank you to all house captains, staff members, stall holders, performers, friends and family – without you it wouldn’t have been such a success!  Look out for our article in the Basingstoke Gazette.  All money raised will go towards the House-School Improvement ideas.