News Archive

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 a.page@costello.hants.sch.uk

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

PRESS RELEASE (7/9/18)

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 cadmin@costello.hants.sch.uk.  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.

 

 

Winner of Secondary School Teacher Award (16/7/18)

Congratulations to Costello’s Dr Kelly Underdown, Lead Practioner and Science Teacher, for being nominated and winning the Basingstoke Gazette Education Award for best secondary teacher!

Dr Underdown was nominated by a parent, she said “I feel very humbled”

 

Young Enterprise Journey Award at the National Finals in London (12/7/18)

On Friday 6 July, I was lucky enough to attend the Young Enterprise UK Company of the Year Awards (national finals) as a finalist for the Journey Award, after winning for the South East.

The Journey Award required me to make a short video about the challenges I faced during my YE journey and how I overcame them, supported by a nomination from my teacher and business advisor.  On the day, the journey award finalists got to have a tour of the Disney Offices in Hammersmith and a workshop on public speaking before the awards ceremony, which was held in the County Hall on Southbank, London.

During the ceremony, which was hosted by BBC business reporter Steph McGovern, and award winning young entrepreneur, Ben Towers, I had to give a short interview on stage before the winner was announced.  I am delighted to say that I ended the day by receiving runner-up, along with a heavy glass trophy and a framed certificate.  Rajashwi Bhandari

Join us for CostelloFest (3/7/18)

Costello’s very first summer festival on Wednesday 11 July 4.30pm – 6.30pm!

The house team bring you amazing talents, performances, games, stalls, food and prizes!  Bring along family and friends to have a picnic on the playing fields of Costello.  Please use the London Road field entrance for parking.  All money raised will go towards the House-School improvement ideas.  Please note all children under 11 will need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.

£2.50 for Adults    £1.50 for children (6-16)   Under 5’s free!

A Second hand uniform stall can be found at CostelloFest on Wednesday 11 July!

Uniform Order Deadlines (3/7/18)

The last day for ordering uniform items online from Price and Buckland for free delivery into school is Friday 6 July.  These will be delivered to us on Tuesday 17 July.  The last date for collecting uniform from the reprographics room is before mid-day on Friday 20 July.  If you miss this deadline – the first delivery date back into school will be Tuesday 4 September.   www.price-buckland.co.uk  Please remind your child to collect recent orders as soon as possible. 

First Aquathlon Medals (2/7/18)

Costello sent five athletes to take part in the first Hampshire Aquathlon, representing Basingstoke. This event involves swimming and running and relies on good cardiovascular endurance, pacing strategies and quick transitions. Cameron Coveney, Ben Doe and Ivan Holt competed for the boys and Leah Oliver and Grace Cox competed for the girls. Cameron is an experienced athlete in multisport events and competes at National Standards and perhaps, as expected, showed the opposition a clean pair of heels to take the Hampshire title. Ben Doe in his first event of this kind ran a great race to pick up a bronze medal too.  Leah Oliver also performed really well picking up the Silver medal in the girls competition to complete a hat trick of medals for the Costello athletes. So for a first competition it was a fantastic achievement for all involved.

‘1 in 10 project’ in the Drama Studio (26/6/18)

All of this week Leigh Johnstone from Fluid Motion Theatre company is working alongside Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 to create a piece of theatre, based around mental health.  On Monday Year 7 were brilliant! All students worked diligently. They should be very proud of the work that they have produced.  The work produced from all years will be showcased to friends and family on Friday 29 June at 5.30pm in the Main Hall.  Everyone is welcome to come and support those students involved.

 

 

Young Enterprise Journey Award (22/6/18)

The Young Enterprise Company programme is about making connections with the world of work and enabling students to develop the knowledge and attitudes they need to succeed. The programme aims to build on and develop the 8 key skills: Problem-solving; Financial Capability; Communication; Confidence; Teamwork; Initiative; Organisation; Resilience

The Journey Award isn’t about which company has made the most profit, or has the best advertising, it is about recognising and celebrating the journey of a young person from when they started the Company Programme and the difference that it has made to them in developing one or more of these skills over the last few months.  This year the South East winner of the YE Journey Award is Rajashwi Bhandari. She went to Guildford Cathedral for the South East Final to receive her award.  Rajashwi has further been selected as one of the top three for the National Competition to be held on 6 July in London.  Congratulations to Rajashwi and good luck!

CostelloFest Needs You! (19/6/18)

On Wednesday 11 July we are hosting CostelloFest, our very first summer festival!   We need stalls holders.  Would you like to be part of the first CostelloFest? 

Calling all Friends of Costello.  Do you have a hobby or business?  Would you like to hold a stall at our CostelloFest?  Cost is £10 per table.  Wednesday 11 July 16:30 – 19:00.  Please let me know if you are interested: j.borthwick@costello.hants.sch.uk

Raffle Prizes Needed Please

Would you like to donate a Raffle Prize to our summer festival CostelloFest?  We are fundraising to improve the school and will be holding a raffle on Wednesday 11 July during our festival.  If you would like to donate something, please contact Miss Borthwick on j.borthwick@costello.hants.sch.uk.   Thank you, anything will be gratefully received!

Open Morning (18/6/18)

Tuesday 19 June 2018     Tours at 9am  & 10am

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.

To register your interest in attending an Open Morning please email cadmin@costello.hants.sch.uk.  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.

Maths Challenge Success (15/6/18)

Following their success in the Junior Maths Challenge, two of our students (Abigail Bailey Year 7 and Samarth Vadiyampeta Year 8) received prizes at an award ceremony at the University of Southampton. They were welcomed by Dr Ben Parker from the Mathematical Sciences Outreach Team and presented with their prizes by Professor Mark Spearing, Pro-Vice-Chancellor. There was then a talk on black holes and Einstein’s theory of relativity by Professor Marika Taylor, Head of Applied Mathematics.

Sporting Achievements (15/6/18)

Congratulations to Izzy Pinder for securing second position in the Hampshire Combined Events Championships, Andover 24 May 2018. In difficult, wet and windy conditions, Izzy performed well across five events against the best multi event athletes in the county to pick up another piece of silverware to add to her growing collection.  On the day she managed 13.2 seconds for the 75m hurdles, 6.99m for the shot putt, 1.53m for the high jump, 4.46m for the long jump and 2.35 for the 800m. This was enough to give Izzy 2588 points and the silver medal.  She looks forward to more competitions throughout the summer, both for school and Basingstoke and Mid Hants Athletics club.

English Summer National Swimming Championships.  Congratulations to both Julia and Charlyne Lebosse who have both qualified for this prestigious event to be held in Sheffield in August. Charlyne has qualified to swim in the 100m Butterfly event and Julia has qualified for the 50m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke events. Obviously we wish them luck and it will give them something to focus on after their GCSE exams, which are currently taking place.

 

Head of School Announcement (6/6/18)

The Governing Body of The Costello School is very pleased to announce the appointment of a full-time Head of School, enhancing the school’s leadership capacity as it continues to progress under the direction of the Governing Body and Bohunt Education Trust (BET).

Randall Jull, who will take up the position as interim Head of School on Monday 18 June, is an experienced education leader and currently Associate Headteacher for the Bohunt Education Trust, overseeing their mathematics provision. He has also been Deputy Headteacher of two secondary schools and an Advanced Skills Teacher during his 13-year career.  Mr Jull was chosen following a rigorous recruitment process, which included a Costello staff panel, observed learning walks, a presentation and final panel interview.  Last year Mr Jull was recognised nationally for his work in raising maths standards for young people when he was shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Maths Teacher of the Year’ award by the Times Education Supplement (TES). In his capacity as Trust Director of Maths, Mr Jull achieved significant results, with a 30 percent point improvement in maths across BET’s schools in Liphook, Portsmouth and Petersfield.  In what proved to be a busy year, Mr Jull also successfully undertook his National Professional Qualification for Headship, receiving glowing commendations from the final assessment panel.

Continuity of leadership is assured as Philip Avery – one of the current co-headteachers – will revert to his previous role as Director of Education at BET and will work with Mr Jull to secure further improvement. Mr Jull will be working hard, together with the senior leadership team, Board of Governors and the Trust, to build on the improvements made by the interim co-headteachers Mr Avery and Mr Green, who were praised by Ofsted for their leadership.  In the future a further process will be undertaken to ensure Costello has a permanent Head of School in place.

The appointment of Mr Jull follows the school’s announcement in March that it had begun formal negotiations to join BET, which already sponsors five high-performing schools in the south east. The Trust has been providing support and advice to the school since January, and has since set out its strategy to drive up standards, which has included bolstering the leadership capacity to sustain the strong improvements, which have already been achieved.  We are delighted that Mr Jull will be joining The Costello School as Head of School. We are confident that Mr Jull is the right appointment for the role and will continue to drive improvement at The Costello School, as we enter this new and exciting chapter. We are keen to offer opportunities to meet Mr Jull shortly after he takes up his role and will ensure this takes place in the very near future.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and dedication to The Costello School. We are under no doubt that the future looks bright for our students: Mr Jull shares our values and vision for the school, and is committed to seeing all students achieve their full potential. We look forward to sharing the next episode for Costello with you: improving teaching, learning and personal development, enabling achievement and realising ambitions for all our students.

Hilary Todd, Chair of Governors, The Costello School

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, www.BasingstokeAllianceSCITT.com 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)

BAFTA KIDS YOUNG PRESENTER COMPETITION

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.

http://www.baftakids.org/competitions/young-presenter-competition-2018

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!

 

Proud Drama Teacher (27/3/18)

Just wanted to say how proud I am of all the Year 11 Drama students. On Tuesday 26 March at 5.30pm they completed their practical external assessment in front on an audience of 40 family and friends. Well done Year 11!  Mrs Wall

MFL Challenge Winners (22/3/18)

This year’s Year 10 MFL Challenge took place on Friday 16 March at the Civic Offices. Six local schools took part, including Bishop Challoner, Aldworth, The Clere, Sherfield, Everest and Costello, entering teams for the challenges in French, German and Spanish. The challenge was for each team to imagine how technology could be used more in schools now and in the future. The students were to give the management team at ANS all the information about the technologies they felt would benefit a school, how they would be used, and the reasons a school would use their ideas.

Twenty Costello students took part : two French teams, two German teams and one Spanish, and they all worked very well together, not only producing some excellent contributions but also representing the school as admirable ambassadors. They are all to be congratulated, but particularly our German B team, who not only won prizes for the best German team, but also defended the MFL Challenge Cup as the best team overall. WELL DONE!

Thanks from the University of Oxford – MYRIAD research team (22/3/18)

We would like to pass on our thanks to all the staff and pupils at The Costello School from the MYRIAD project at the University of Oxford. The team has been visiting your school to collect data from some of your pupils as part of the research and we have been delighted by the welcome we have received by your staff and pupils. Your pupils have shown such respect and maturity during our sessions, but not only that, their politeness, opening doors, helping us get to rooms etc has been exemplary. You have given our team a wonderful experience of what a friendly, caring environment a school can be. You can be very proud of them all.

A huge thank you must go to Ms Mandy Gannon whose commitment and enthusiasm has made it possible for us to work with you. It has been really heart-warming to have been in classes with your pupils. We sincerely hope this is the start of a close working relationship with the University of Oxford for the duration of the research and we hope our links will be of benefit to your lovely school.

CreaTech Film Making Week (15/3/18)

Last night an information evening was held at The Costello School regarding the CreaTECH Film Making Week, that will be occurring this summer from 23 – 27 July.

Slideshow from the information evening click here

County Cross Country, Down Grange (15/3/18)

Costello sent 15 runners to represent Basingstoke in the Hampshire Schools event, which was held at Down Grange this year. The Year 7 & 8 athletes had gained selection following good performances at the district event held at Costello back in December, where they had finished in the top 10 of their respective races.  Running at this level is always tough going and in each race the athletes found themselves competing against the best 130 runners in Hampshire.  All of them should feel pleased with their performances. Two Year 8 students did very well (Aidan Leavey finished in 14th position and Sienna Richardson finished in 1st position) and gained Hampshire selection in the next round which is a South East Inter Counties competition, due to be held in Brighton.

It was also Basingstoke’s turn to help host the County event this year, so 15 Year 10 students travelled to Down Grange and helped to run the event, by setting up, clearing away, marshalling etc. They were praised by the county officials and they did a sterling job. This allowed the event to run really smoothly and the 800+ competitors to enjoy their racing.  Congratulations to all who were involved, (athletes and helpers) and we wish Sienna and Aidan luck in the next stages.

Urgent Safeguarding Alert (8/3/18)

We have become aware of a worrying and extreme form of communication accessed through Snapchat.

Young people and students are being targeted and asked to film or take pictures of risk taking and criminal activities and post them to a male, suspected to be in his twenties, based in London.  This includes sexually explicit images and violence.  This male also makes contact with young people and arranges to meet them.

The police are aware of this individual and further reports have been made across Basingstoke schools.  Please be vigilant in knowing what your child is recording and using on their phones/devices and who they are communicating with.

If you have any concerns please contact the police and the school.

Thought for the week (7/3/18)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Activities in Black Dam (6/3/18)

This is a survey being undertaken by Sovereign housing in the local area to look at ways to improve the community and would like residents feedback.  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Blackdam

RECRUITING NOW Train to Teach with the Basingstoke Alliance SCITT (5/3/18)

Information Event,  Saturday 10th March 2018,  10am to 12 noon, Bishop Challoner Catholic Secondary School.

You can train to be a teacher with the Basingstoke Alliance SCITT and our partnership schools.

Call us on 01256 275002 or search  www.BasingstokeAllianceSCITT.com to pre-register and find out more.

Bikeability (28/02/18)

A small group of Year 7, 8 and 9 students seized the opportunity to participate in a Level 3 Bikeability course with staff from Mountbatten school.  On a cold day in February Tyla Martin , Fiona Wright, Marcus Peel, Jessica Freer, Brodie Jackson, Gabriel Heffy, Jack Randall, Scarlett Pegg, Mohan Thondapu, Ryan Baker and Gabriel Bori all completed a route planning session, safety checked their bikes and then cycled round the road system in Basingstoke negotiating roundabouts, traffic lights and the other road users. The assessors praised all the students saying they had been a credit to the school and all did very well especially as the weather was so cold. We are delighted that all students passed and received their level 3 certificates and we send our congratulations.

SCHOOL CLOSURE PROCEDURE – SNOW (26/2/18)

It is our intention where possible to continue to open as normal during this period of inclement weather. We take our responsibilities to educate and care for young people seriously, and are aware of the impact on parents and carers if the school is closed at short notice.

However, careful assessment needs to be made about whether opening in snowy conditions is appropriate. There are several factors to consider. These include:

  • The severity of the weather at the time
  • The forecast and likelihood of an improvement or deterioration in the weather
  • The condition of the school site, and our ability to offer lessons as normal
  • Access to the school via local and regional roads for staff and students

In the event of predicted or sudden heavy snow fall the following procedure will take place:-

  1. If we are expecting heavy snow an email will be sent to staff and parents the day before advising them to check the website the following morning.
  2. The decision to open or close the school will be made by 6.00-6.30am by the Headteacher.

Notification of a school closure will be sent to parents via a text and or email.

The status can also been seen on the

The Costello School website: www.costelloschool.co.uk

Hampshire County Council website: www.hants.gov.uk/education/schoolclosures

The local radio station website will also be updated.

If we have an unexpected downfall of snow, the procedure will take place from point 2.

Teen Talk Programme – Next course is starting 8 March 9-11am @ Cranbourne  (updated 28/2/18)

The programme is over 4 sessions and for parents, we share knowledge of how the brain develops during adolescence to increase parents’ understanding of teenagers’ feelings and behaviour and link this understanding with key strategies for maintaining and improving relationships.

The keys aims of the sessions are to improve relationship between parents and teenagers by:

  • Exploring the importance of parents for teenagers (even though at times it may not appear like that!)
  • Developing parents’ understanding of teenage development and the influence of brain development on behaviour
  • Developing parents’ understanding of the importance of listening, verbal and non-verbal communication with teenagers
  • Promoting positive approaches to boundary setting and problem solving
  • Providing an opportunity for parents to share their experiences with others

Each week we cover a different area;

Week 1- Being a parent of a teenager

Week 2- Understanding your teenager

Week 3- Communicating with your teenager

Week 4- Managing conflict.

I hope you would like to join me, there is no cost and tea, coffee and biscuits are provided!

For more information please contact me.  Mandy Gannon, Family Liaison Officer, The Costello School m.gannon@costello.hants.sch.uk

Drama Devising Workshop (23/2/18)

Thursday 8 February 2018 was a busy day in the Drama department at The Costello School. During periods two and three, forty two KS4 Drama students took part in a devising workshop which was led by a local professional theatre company (Fluid Motion).  Leigh Johnstone, the director of the company challenged the students to devise a piece of autobiographical theatre. During the two hours students were experimenting and exploring techniques to use in their GCSE Devising Component.

Some comments from the Year 9 Drama students who took part:  ‘I really enjoyed learning new physical theatre skills including changing the speed of movement in order to change the mood/atmosphere. The main thing that I took away was that devising is about ‘playing’ with different ideas and finding what works best for you’ Year 9 student: Amy Keane.  ‘I thought that the devising workshop was really fun. I learnt that I could create a scene out of only a few words’ Year 9 student: Megan Temple-Nidd.  ‘I was challenged to create a stimulus out of my own personal stories. I thought it was really good that we had to perform this in front on audience of mixed years. This was the confidence boost that I needed’ Year 9 student: Taylor Arentsen


BBC Visiting (21/2/18)

Zoe Miller (producer for BBC) visiting our Year 8s in preparation for BBC School Report 2018. Topic of the day: Fake news! Our students are enthralled! Thank you so much to the BBC.

 

My child has an exam…  Get me out of here! Exam Tips for Parents (19/2/18)

SEN LOGOWe know that mock exams can be a very busy time for students. It is often the first time they have experienced what it is like to have a large workload in one go, deadlines to meet, and pressure to make decisions about the future. We also know that watching a child go through this is often a difficult time for the people at home.

Here are a few things that might be helpful in supporting your child through exams.

Time.  Ask your child to explain what they are learning to you. Ask them questions, challenge their opinions and ideas, ask them to explain how they feel about it and what they know to support that idea.  We often find that explaining a concept to someone who does not know about it solidifies the ideas in their own head.  Equally, there are times when we as parents need to back away and let them get on with it themselves. They know you are there to support them, and sometimes they need time and space to get their heads around what they need to do and take control of their own learning.

Praise.  Revision is hard and often quite lonely. Encourage your child to share it with you, keep telling them ‘well done’. Remind them of how it will feel to get each task done and done well, and how proud you are of them.

Exercise.  Take them for a walk or swimming or bowling, do something to get them out the house and active. Talk to them about how they are feeling and what they are learning.  It can be overwhelming managing such a schedule, so take time out and force them to remember they need to invest in their own energy supply if they are to keep going.  Spending quality time together will boost their confidence.

Organise.  Each Year 11 has created a revision timetable to follow each week. If your child does not have one, create one together that fits in the subjects they need to study, family time, time to socialise, revision times in school and paired study time with a friend.  We have templates and ideas, so please just ask.  Stick to the plan and help them stick to it too. It is important not to cancel planned events and family time. They need to learn to manage their time, focus when they need to and relax when they need to.

Talk to us.  We have 1100 children in front of us every day and they are all different. Talk to us about revision strategies, or if you are worried about your child, let us know if you come across a technique that really works. We always want to hear new ideas.  Please remember you are not alone. Exams are busy and often we want to protect children from feeling stress and pressure, but if we can help them in dealing with it now, they will learn lessons for life, not just exams.

Enriching Theatre Trip (9/2/18)

On Thursday 8 February, thirty one students from the Creative Arts department at The Costello School descended upon London to see Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre. It was a truly enriching experience for all students involved as all left amazed at the level of incredible talent of the young cast.

Awarded Membership of Music Mark (8/2/18)

The Costello School has become a 2017/2018 Music Mark Member! Congratulations to the music department.

The UK Association for Music Education – Music Mark thanked the school’s music department for all the hard work it does to ensure that students are able to access and engage with a high-quality music education. They said the dedication to offering and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum is both welcomed and celebrated.

The Costello School had been nominated, and supported financially by Hampshire Music Service. They have recognised the value that we place on music and requested that we become a Music Mark School Member.  We are delighted to have been awarded this membership certificate.

 

Costello Moon Mile is back (6/2/18)

This year for Sport Relief the Costello Moon Mile is back!  On Thursday 15 March, Brookvale and Hackwood are hosting a sport relief mile around the school in the dark from 16:30 – 18:30.  It will be full of bright colours, glow sticks, balloons, refreshments, music and much more.  There is a £1 suggested donation entry per person and all proceeds will go to Sport Relief 2018.

This event is open to all students and staff of Costello. Friends, siblings, children, parents, grandparents are also welcome – the more the merrier! (Please note if children are younger than 11, adults will need to be responsible for them for the duration of the event).


Selected for Hampshire (5/2/18)

Congratulations to Year 7 Maddy Ripton-Palmer for being selected to play hockey for Hampshire U13s squad.

Open Morning Tuesday 6 February (1/2/18)

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.

Tuesday 6 February 2018   Tours at 9am  & 10am

MAT News (29/1/18)

I wanted to update you on our ongoing plans to continually improve our school.

As you know, Philip Avery, the Director of Education at the Bohunt Education Trust (BET) joined us as acting head at the start of the year, following Leigh Adams’ departure before Christmas, and the support he and BET have provided us in this period has been invaluable.

Due to their long-standing track record of leading and improving schools, the governors have, after careful consideration of all options, decided to take our relationship with BET to the next stage and to begin formal negotiations to join the Trust.

You may recall that we were also considering the alternative MAT of Weydon, however they are a relatively new MAT, and the information we have gathered indicates they do not have the capacity to support Costello at this time.

We are quite clear that we could continue our journey of improvement as a single school. However, the Governing Body believes that the support of Bohunt Education Trust will allow us to further develop and improve more quickly, using tried and tested strategies and methods of support.

You will be aware that we have been considering joining a Multi Academy Trust for more than six months now and have considered a number of potential partners, supported by the Regional School Commissioner’s Office. We are confident that the experience, track record and expertise of Bohunt Education Trust, as well as our shared ethos, makes them a strong and secure partner for us. As you may know, BET is a high-performing academy trust which comprises five secondary schools in the south of England – in Worthing, Liphook, Portsmouth, Petersfield and Wokingham – and opened a new Sixth Form last year in Liphook.

There are a number of steps that we need to take before this is agreed, but I wanted to let you know as soon as possible so you are fully informed. For instance, we will need to go through legal due diligence and negotiation on a number of important areas, such as finances and governance.

Joining the BET will provide additional support to the school and provide a wider range of opportunities for students and staff. Above all, the decision to progress talks with BET was taken with our students’ best interests at the front of our minds, and I know you will share that priority.

On behalf of the Governing Body, might I thank you again for your ongoing support and, of course, if you have any questions, please do email me at g.clerk@costello.hants.sch.uk.

Yours sincerely,

Hilary Todd, Chair of Governors, and the Governing Body

 

Costello Student’s Represent Basingstoke (25/1/18)

Congratulations to the ten Costello students that were selected to represent Basingstoke at the Hampshire Cross Country Championships in Southampton. The students had qualified, due to earlier success at Sherfield School where they had finished in the top ten positions in their respective races there. Special mention to Sienna Richardson who has qualified to represent Hampshire at the Inter Counties race next month.

Thought for the week (23/1/18)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 The 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

Thought for the Week (8/12/17)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PiXLit  English App – How to Guide (5/12/17)

The PiXLit English App is a quote/text based assessment program that highlights your strengths and areas to develop, from looking at quotes from different texts.  Click here for the PiXLit App How to Guide.  The app focuses on developing – Quotation learning; Character learning; Knowledge of events and happenings; Literature terminology.

Christmas Jumper Day (4/12/17)

Friday 15th December

Christmas jumper should be worn with regular school uniform

50p suggested donation

Every Christmas jumper worn will receive 200 house points!

Proceeds to Save the Children

 

 

Careers visit to Phillips Solicitors (27/11/17)

On Thursday 23 November, 14 Year 10 and 11 students attended an Introduction to Law event at Phillips solicitors in Basingstoke. During the morning they listened to talks by solicitors from the different departments – from Conveyancing to Family Law and afterwards they quizzed them on their routes into law and why they chose the law for a career. It was a really interesting morning, thank you to Phillips for being so accommodating and for all the prizes!

Foodbank – Thank You (27/11/17)

A huge ‘Thank you’ for the contributions to the Food bank this month. Many people from all walks of life may find themselves needing to

Thought for the Week (21/11/17)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skillstree Awards (21/11/17)

Headteacher, Leigh Adams was delighted to attend the Basingstoke Consortium ‘Skillstree’ Award ceremony, where both Miss Bray and Chloe Frewer (Y11) were nominated and shortlisted. Miss Bray was nominated in the Teacher of the Year category and Chloe had two nominations, including Student of the Year. Unfortunately on this occasion neither were successful, Mr Adams said “Just to reach the final selection is a fantastic achievement in itself”.

The Costello School Annual Presentation Evening (17/11/17)

The annual prize giving event at The Costello School held on 19 October 2017 was a fitting celebration of the exceptional effort and achievement by students at GCSE this year and the continued high standards of achievement across the whole school. Students, from Year 8 to those who have just left, came to look back on the School’s successful year and to receive prizes and awards for their achievements. Almost 90 prizes were handed out across this special evening recognising both the hard work and dedication of our students.

Staff and students were delighted to welcome our guest this year, Ben Smith, who ran 401 marathons in 401 consecutive days around the UK, to raise more than £250,000 for anti-bullying charities Stonewall and Kidscape.

Ben tours the country giving talks to schools, colleges, universities, charities and corporates along with a few government organisations. Along-side this he manages a charitable foundation called ‘The 401 Foundation’ which is supported by an events business putting on sporting events throughout the UK. The foundation is aimed at providing grants to individuals or grass root projects that build confidence and self-esteem, along with tackling mental health issues and self-development problems. Ben has won many awards including, The BBC Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award 2016. The award is given for, ‘outstanding achievement in the face of adversity’, selected by BBC Sport.

We would like to acknowledge with thanks prizes or donations to the Prize Fund from the Costello Educational Foundation. The Costello Educational Foundation was established in 1954 and is a Trust that manages donations to the school, given for the specific purpose of funding annual prizes to students. Over the years monies have been donated to the Trust by various people including Miss Costello and Miss Everest, both ex-Headmistresses.

SEND Information Evening for Parents and Carers (14/11/17)

Tuesday 28th November 6-7pm in The Costello School Library

This is an opportunity to meet representatives from local agencies and charities who support young people with special educational needs and disabilities, as well as school staff and other parents.

Thought for the Week (14/11/17)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inset Days Reminder (9/11/17)

Please remember INSET DAYS – Thursday 16 & Friday 17 November. School will be closed to students.

Calling all residents of Black Dam, Cranbourne and Viables (8/11/17)

Sovereign housing has funding for a project over the next 3 years to involve residents in these 3 areas. See flyer click here. To participate the residents do not have to be Sovereign tenants. The project will be community led and the aim for the working group is to look at what the residents feel they need and together improve the community. If you are a resident in Black Dam, Cranbourne or Viables could you please complete the survey (click here) and return to Catherine.judd@sovereign.org.uk

Thought for the Week (7/11/17)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EBYDS National Finals 2017 at Melton Mowbray IBC Sunday October 22 (6/11/17)

Year 7 student Zach Miller was one of five young bowlers to be awarded a place at the National Finals of the English Bowls Youth Development Scheme, School of Excellence – Invitation Singles 2017.

He was competing against the best in England – 32 in all, and was not to be disappointed with his performance. Zach (from Loddon Vale) reached the semi-finals in the singles as the 2nd top scorer. Unfortunately Zach lost to the 3rd top scorer 2 – 6.

Zach came away with the trophy for top Junior on competitive points. All in all he helped put Hampshire on the map! Not only did we see some wonderful bowling, but his etiquette and good manners were a credit to his club and county. It was both a pleasure and a privilege to be there to support him.

All credit to the Coaches of Loddon Vale too who have a junior section, and who are nurturing the future bowlers of Hampshire.

Suzanne Miller

 

Year 7 Settling In Parents’ Evening (31/10/17)

It is the Year 7 Settling In Parents’ Evening this Thursday 2nd November – 4.30pm to 7.00pm  – an appointment should be made with your child’s tutor using this link to the Parents Evening Booking System by Wednesday at the latest please  – http://www.costelloschool.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/

Thought for the Week (31/10/17)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Understanding Your Child’s Report (19/10/17)

To view the presentation information from KS3 Parent Evening – understanding your child’s report click here.

To view parent’s guide to report data click here.

News from Price & Buckland – Uniform Orders (18/10/17)

To make sure our well-oiled ship is still running smoothly, we will be commencing our annual stock take of our warehouses from Monday 6th November until Friday 10th November.

During this period we will not be processing any orders. 

We strongly recommend you place any orders before Tuesday 31st October to ensure delivery before Monday 6th November.  Normal service will resume on Monday 13th November.

Got a question?  If you have any queries during this period, please contact our customer service team on 0115 964 0827 who will be happy to help.

 

Mental Health Charter (16/10/17)

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the newly created Mental Health Media Charter.

Created in collaboration with Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, the Samaritans and Beat the charter details seven ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ for media to be aware of when discussing or depicting mental health stories. So far the charter has been endorsed by Girlguiding, The Coalition for Men & Boys and the Labour Campaign for Mental Health.

For more information click here To view the charter in full click the logo below.

Mental Health Help (13/10/17)

If you are worried about your own mental health or that of others then please look at the links and videos below. If you have any concerns about your son/daughter please talk to their form tutor or Pastoral Team Leader/Deputy asap.

mhfaengland.org.uk 

headstogether.org.uk 

youngminds.org.uk

samaritans.org

thecalmzone.net

themix.org.uk

nshn.co.uk

beateatingdisorders.org.uk

mind.org.uk

 

 

Supporting your Child through GCSE’s resources (13/10/17)

Please click here to access the presentation from the evening and also associated resources.

New Young Enterprise Company formed September 2017 (13/10/17)

The latest YE company at The Costello School is up and running – NISER.

15 enthusiastic, budding entrepreneurs are actively forming a private limited company that will sell hand-crafted, high quality products: name plates, key rings, coasters, gift boxes, small lights and a variety of unique Christmas decorations. The business concept is based around the use of resin paints to create a top class finish to our products.

So follow us today:

https://www.instagram.com/niser.ye/

https://www.snapchat.com/niser.ye2017

 

AWE Engineering Enrichment Challenge in Aldermaston (9/10/17)

On Monday 2 October four of our Year 9 students attended an engineering challenge day hosted by science graduates who work for the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston.

Much to the annoyance of Richard, Francis, Thomas and Sam they were not allowed to blow anything up, but they were given the challenge of building a motorboat, from scratch, using some basic raw materials including thermoplastic sheets, wood, plastic pipes, foam blocks and an electric motor.

Competing against six other schools and a team of teachers, the boys’ boat had to complete a series of tests and challenges including head to head drag races, stability tests and buoyancy / load carrying capability.

The boys came first in the written quiz and third overall in the boat design, build and testing competition.

There were some ingenious and very well thought-through boat designs from all the student teams, whose boats managed to stay afloat and motor across the pool several times.

The teachers succeeded in sinking theirs!

 

Christmas Shoe Box Appeal 2017 (5/10/17)

 

 

Thought for the week (2.2.17)

School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education (29/9/17)

If you’d like to be a part of this in your local area, The Costello School is currently looking for community governors to strengthen its current Board of Governors.

Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school.

If you have time (at least 15 hours per month – mainly evening time) and any of the skills listed below we’d love to hear from you.

  • an educational background
  • professional skills including HR  / property and estate management / legal
  • previously been a governor or have existing experience of charity law and governance

Most of our current governors already have links with the school (parents, staff etc) so ideally new governors would not have any direct links.

As a governor we will provide you with an induction and access to relevant (free) training.

To find out more, please contact our Clerk, Jayne Humphrey via email g.clerk@costello.school.hants.sch.uk

‘The Talking Teens Parent Group’ (25/9/17)

Devised by Family Links, The Talking Teens Parent Group is four sessions based upon research on adolescent development and use strategies from the Family Links Nurturing Programme. The aim is to improve parents’ capacity to understand and support their teenagers during this time of change and enhance the emotional health of both the young people and parents. Parenting is one of the most challenging and demanding jobs there is, it can be one of the most rewarding – though it doesn’t always feel like that, a job with no training and little support. We believe that ideas from these sessions can help to make the job easier, more fun and more survivable when the going gets tough. It asks us to consider the underlying qualities that forge a healthy parent- child relationship. The sessions will be held here at Costello. If you would like to join us or find out more, please contact me

Starting Thursday 2nd November 2017   13:00- 15:00  Ends Thursday 23rd November 2017

Refreshments available at venue. Crèche facilities are not available.

To book a place or discuss further please contact:  The Costello School 01256 321263  Mandy Gannon 07715144805 or email m.gannon@costello.hants.sch.uk

Open Morning 26 September (22/9/17)

Tuesday 26 September     9am – 11am

To register your interest in attending our Open Morning please email cadmin@costello.hants.sch.uk.  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.

KS3 & KS4 Information Evenings in October (21/09/17)

Students have had assemblies this week exploring how assessment and reporting are going to change in Years 7 to 9. We are holding an information evening for parents on Wednesday 18th October at 18:00. This will cover the assessment model at key stage 3 and how we will report on student progress. Tickets can be booked here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ks3-understanding-your-childs-report-tickets-38102037219.

And then….

We are holding a supporting your child through GCSE for parents of all students in Year 10 and 11. This will take place on Wednesday 11th October at 18:00. This will discuss homework and revision techniques whilst also giving parents an opportunity to meet the Curriculum Team Leaders for English, Maths and Science and the Pastoral Team Leaders for Year 10 and 11. Tickets can be booked here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ks4-supporting-your-child-with-gcse-tickets-38102009135.

School Early Closure 12.20pm for Open Evening 21 September (20/9/17)

STUDENTS EARLY FINISH NOW 12.20pm

We will be holding our annual open evening on Thursday 21st September 6.00-9.00pm. Headteacher’s presentation will be at 6.30 and 7.30pm in the main hall. Our Open Morning is on Tuesday 26th September 9.00-11.00am. Please click here for more information.

Jeans for Genes Day Friday 22 September (18/9/17)

Costello are supporting Jeans for Genes Day this Friday 22nd September  (poster click here)

Suggested donation for non-uniform is £1

Students wearing denim will achieve 10 points for their house

Dare to go double???

Double denim will achieve 50 points for your house!

 

Thought for the Week (18/9/17)

 

Start of School Year (15/9/17)

Whole School Parent Letter – start of year 2017

Thought for the Week (11/9/17)

 

Cambridge GCSE Success (8.9.17)

In June/July twelve Year 9 students undertook, through the University of Cambridge, the Independent Learning Archaeology Field School GCSE. The students worked extremely hard on this rigorous course and completed an archaeological dig that was written up according to the Universitys’ stringent criteria as 5000 or so word reports.

We are delighted that all students passed as following:

Matthew Underdown; Gabriella Gumuskaya and Abi Robinson  – GCSE grade 8

Jess Kellaway; Rajashwi (Shewi) Bhandari; Natasha Wheeler and Aisha Bristow – GCSE grade 7

Ben Doe; Aidan Temple and Emily Clapson – GCSE grade 6

Conway Huggins – GCSE grade 5

Heyab Eyob – GCSE grade 4

This is a fantastic achievement for 13/14 year olds and we are really proud of them, congratulations!


Back to School (5/8/17)

We are looking forward to welcoming all our students back to school at 8.30am on Wednesday 6th September. Don’t be late!

GCSE Results 2017 (24/8/17)

We are extremely pleased with our results this year. Well done to all our students and staff. Please click here for further details.

 

 

 

Open Evening Invitation (24/8/17)

We will be holding our annual open evening on Thursday 21st September 6.00-9.00pm. Headteacher’s presentation will be at 6.30 and 7.30pm in the main hall. Our Open Morning is on Tuesday 26th September 9.00-11.00am. Please click here for more information.

Lego Mindstorms (23/8/17)

2 days spent at Milestones working on LEGO based STEM projects. See below for an account.

MAT Consultation Update (20/7/17)

Dear Parents/Guardians

In light of stakeholder feedback the governing body has yesterday, Wednesday 19th July, voted that it will continue to explore the two MATS proposed, gaining more information to make an informed decision.

To recap, using the selection criteria that we outlined previously we were able to shortlist 4 MATs (Weydon Multi Academy Trust, Bohunt Educational Trust, Bourne Education Trust and Guildford Education Partnership) who were asked to come and present to the FGB and representatives of the school, with the aim of shortlisting down to two or three preferred partners. This process was designed to get a balanced stakeholder view point to enable further presentations, visits and due diligence, if we decided to go ahead and we had found a suitable partner. Two of the four MATS decided not to progress further and were not in a position to accept another school at that point.

We have since met with the remaining 2 MATS (Weydon and Bohunt) and scored them against a number of questions across the areas of Teaching & Learning, Recruitment & Retention, Governance, Leadership & School Autonomy, and Finance/Operational.

Having since received additional stakeholder feedback, which we very much value, we have decided that further investigation will assist us with making the best decision for the school.

In September we will work closely with all stakeholders to agree what investigations are required. In the meantime no action will be taken.

Best wishes

The Costello School Governing Body

The Movies Cabaret Thursday 13 July (12/7/17)

There will be a limited amount of stand-by seating available to buy on the door.  We have sold out of all the table seating for Cabaret.  Bar opens at 6.30pm, performance starts at 7pm.  The Costello School presents a showcase of song, music, dance and drama from some of our favourite famous films.

So Proud … YE Company Perform Superbly at South Central Regional Finals! (5/7/17)

On Wednesday 21 June, the YE company In a Jar made a historic step for The Costello School by representing Hampshire and IOW at the South Central Regional Finals. This was the first time the school has participated at this level.

All the students spoke well and informatively to the judges. They were not overawed and expressed their growing knowledge and understanding of enterprise effectively. At the presentation stage, they performed superbly and with confidence. Although the company did not win any prizes at this stage, all the company members can hold their heads up high as they were a credit to Hampshire and The Costello School.

Talented Students (5/7/17)

Congratulations to the Rixon family. Siblings Charlie, Ellie and William were all part of the successful teams that became National Champions in Floorball.

Congratulations to Abi Robinson in 9JR at the Dance World Cup in Germany. As part of a team from Basingstoke Academy of Dance, she represented England in the fusion ballet class.  The team came 4th out of 18 and their points helped England to win the overall competition.

Congratulations to George Metzger (10KLU), who has made the final squad of 14 for the South West England and Wales cricket squad to go to the Bunbury ECB cricket festival, at Stowe School this July. He will also be playing against the West Indies under 15 team in August.  George is the only wicket keeper to be selected so we hope he will feature heavily. Good luck George!

Sports Day (29/6/17)

The postponed sports day will now take place on Monday 10th July. Students will be reminded of arrangements nearer the time.

Y6 Induction Days (28/6/17)

We are very much looking forward to welcoming our new Year 7’s into School on the 6th and 7th of July. Please be aware of the drop off and pick up arrangements that have been sent to you.

Reporting Suspicious Activity (27/6/17)

You should report suspicious activity or behaviour – anything that seems out of place, unusual or just doesn’t seem to fit in with everyday life. Watch the video below to find out what you should do if you have any concerns.


Keeping Safe Online (26/6/17)

Click here for more information

Sports Day Postponement (26/6/17)

We have looked at tomorrow’s weather forecast and have decided to postpone Sports Day.  Should the rain come down, as is suggested, it would make for an extremely unpleasant day for everyone involved.

Students should come to school in normal uniform ready for a full day of lessons.

We will inform you of the new date asap.

District Champions Again! (23/6/17)

Ninety six Costello athletes from Years 7-10 took part in or helped officiate the Basingstoke Schools Athletics Championships at Down Grange. On a scorching day, Costello went into the event as reigning champions, having won the event for several years in a row and were in no mood to relinquish it either.  The officials from Year 10 did a great job in helping the event run smoothly and were praised by several PE staff from around Basingstoke and the athletes did their part too.

With great performances across all year groups from the boys and especially the older girls, Costello were able to retain their trophy comfortably and ended the day still on top of the district by a big winning margin.

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 mailto:cadmin@Costello.hants.sch.uk

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.

Sitting With Jane (6/6/17)

On Friday 26 May, Susie Whiting, Madison Wingrove and Livi Rugman were invited to unveil our BookBench in Festival Place, along with The Brighton Hill Community School, Chawton C E Primary School, Daneshill School, Cliddesden C E Primary School, The Priory School, Marnel Junior School, Rucstall Primary School, Overton C E Primary School and North Waltham Primary School. We were all very impressed with the other schools benches and thought the variety of starting points and themes were fantastic.

Thank you to ALL the students who took part in the project, there was a small army involved. Hope many of you were able to take a look at the display in Festival Place over the half term.

Costello Pays Respects (26/5/17)

Costello observed the National minute’s silence yesterday, to remember the Manchester attack victims. Meridian News recorded and interviewed students.

The school is raising money that will go to the Red Cross, who are supporting the Manchester tragedy, by holding a non-uniform day today.

Non Uniform Day Friday 26 May

Year 7 – Year 10 Non Uniform day

£1 (optional) to go to the Red Cross who are supporting the Manchester tragedy.

(24/5/17)

‘Chemistry for All’ is a five-year £1 million research project sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The University of Reading, in partnership with the University of Southampton, is one of four university teams selected to explore how best to inspire students to study chemistry. The Costello School has been chosen by the Reading and Southampton team to work with them on this exciting project.

The project will be looking at the impact of delivering sustained outreach activities to students as they progress through from Year 8 to Year 12 of secondary school or college. The project will run from 2015 to 2019. The main aim of the project is to determine the effectiveness of regular and long-term interventions on the uptake of chemistry compared with isolated one-off enhancement events more commonly delivered in schools. Our target demographic is students who are currently under-represented in chemistry, such as female students and students for whom English is not the first language.

Over the five years the Reading-Southampton team will be delivering a wide programme of activities including demonstration lectures, after-school clubs, careers sessions, industry visits, chemical challenges, community events and teacher continuing professional development (CPD) all designed to develop students’ interest and skills in chemistry and to enhance students’ understanding of the wide variety of career choices available to chemists and the various qualification routes available. The project team are working with enthusiastic university student ambassadors and professional chemists to deliver these exciting activities in school.

Sitting With Jane (19/5/17)

Sitting With Jane is a unique public art trail to celebrate Jane Austen’s connections with Basingstoke and her birthplace, Steventon, and forms part of a global commemoration of her life in 2017, the 200th anniversary of her death.

Sitting With Jane also has a schools programme aimed at primary and secondary schools.  Participating schools get a mini BookBench so students can design and paint it as part of lessons, or as a fun after school activity.

The BookBench is a chance for young people to test and develop their art and design skills and be part of this big local initiative. All the schools’ BookBenches will be displayed in June half term 2017 in Festival Place when friends and family, as well as the general public, can come and see their artwork.

The Costello School Art department has a BookBench and we have really enjoyed getting creative with it. Students looked at Austen’s stories how they had strong female leads. They talked about what was expected of women when Jane was writing and how women would try to get their voices heard. Students decided to be clever and work together to produce a quilt that contained their personalities in a subtle way. Painting the bench was used as a mindfulness activity.

High Five PiXL day (16/5/17)

On the 9th of May, we took a selected group of Year 11s to London, Dominion theatre, to participate in the PiXL High 5 English conference. There were over 2000 students in attendance from schools across the country. The day was filled with revision tips and strategies on how to answer the most difficult questions which will appear in the exam. Our Year 11s came away feeling positive and are ready for the final stretch before their GCSEs. Best of luck to all our fabulous Year 11s!

 

 

COSTELLO NEEDS YOU! (11/5/17)

We are looking for adult volunteers to support the Costello Combined Cadet Force. CCF units in schools give young people the life skills and self-confidence to take charge of their lives so they can reach their full potential at school and beyond, including in employment.

If you are able to help:

This would involve supervising students on a Friday from 3.15pm through to around 6.30pm where we minibus students up to Lord Wandsworth College for their regular parade and training (which runs from 4pm to 6pm).

Ideally volunteers would seek to become commissioned Officers and then support the training of cadets and also accompany cadets on cadet camps. Volunteers do not need any military experience, just enthusiasm and willingness to learn new skills. As well as being a very rewarding experience, volunteering with a cadet unit can lead to fully-accredited qualifications in a wide range of activities and disciplines.

There is also the opportunity to become a commissioned CCF Officer in either the Army or RAF section. When commissioned volunteers are then paid for attendance at camps or days out with their contingents. Current rates of pay are circa £65 a day for these activities (please note you would not get paid for the normal parades).

We would be particularly interested in hearing from prospective volunteers with D1 category on their driving licence but this is not obligatory as long as you would be willing to take the D1 test.

Please note, all volunteers will be required to undergo a DBS (Criminal Records) check as part of our standard safeguarding procedures.

For more information please see:

https://combinedcadetforce.org.uk/

Please do contact me if you are interested.

s.barnes@costello.hants.sch.uk

2LT BARNES

‘Very Good’ Rating (8/5/17)

The Costello School is rated ‘Very Good’ by Hampshire Inspection and Advisory Service (HIAS) for its induction process for newly qualified teachers (NQTs).

The Costello School was visited by a HIAS inspector on Tuesday 2 May. The purpose was to audit the NQT induction process and procedures in inducting new staff into the profession. A very hard working team supports this process, consisting of the support and office staff, a team of highly skilled professional teachers who work with the NQTs as their mentor, Pastoral and Departmental colleagues and overseen by a dedicated member of the senior leadership team.

Luke Thomas, NQT Induction Manager said ‘I am pleased to announce that the inspector was able to grant us the ‘Very Good’ rating, the highest grade available, due to the induction teams’ robust and rigorous adherence to the systems we have in place at Costello. Congratulations to all concerned!’

YE Company, In a Jar, is Company of the Year 2017 for Hampshire and the IOW (5/5/17)

The journey started last September when the students met to set up their own private limited company. The students decided on the company name and what it would sell, after focused market research. From then they have worked diligently to develop their product idea and range, to market and sell the products, to record and manage their finances to generate a profit and good cash flow, and to ensure the growth of the company through effective teamwork and communication.

On Friday 28 April the company participated in the North Hampshire finals against local private and state schools and colleges. This involved writing a comprehensive company report, including final accounts, answering questions at their stand and delivering a presentation in front of a panel of judges and audience. At this event, the company won Best Innovative Product and became runners-up in the overall company award. This resulted in their attendance at the County Finals held on Wednesday 3 May at the Ordnance Survey Head Offices in Southampton.

After tweaking their report and presentation, following feedback from the judges, the students were hyped up for a repeat performance against the other YE companies from the rest of Hampshire and IOW. The competition was tough with a number of polished presentations, unique and enticing product/service ideas and stylish stands. Although the youngest students at the event, the members of In a Jar out-performed all the competition, showing great composure and maturity, winning Best Company Report, before being awarded Overall Company of the Year. The students received high praise from the judges and now look forward to competing in the Regional event in June.

Congratulations to Catherine Edwards (MD), Charlie Rixon, Max Masters, Niamh Vaughan, Rachel Evans, Joy Langdale, Tara Flavin and Charlyne Lebosse.

EVENT REMINDER. Professor Bill Lucas – What our children really need to learn – 8 May –(2/5/17)

Being a parent is tough. Being a parent of a teenager perhaps the toughest of all. So what can you do to help your child learn better, become more resilient and ultimately increase their chance of success? What can we do differently to help with both their academic progress and their personal growth? Are you the type of person who believes that intelligence is expandable? That having a can-do mindset matters? That parents can play a very different role? And, most importantly, that the relationship with students and sons/daughters needs to change?

If these ideas resonate with you then ‘What children really need to learn’ is an event ideally suited to you. If they don’t then it is definitely for you.

Square_Bill_WebProfessor Bill Lucas is one of the world’s foremost thinkers about education and an acclaimed researcher with more than 40 books to his name. His main interest is in how people learn and how we can help them learn better. With Guy Claxton, Bill created the growing global expansive education movement. His most recent book, Educating Ruby: what our children really need to learn, challenge schools to think afresh about what they do. It suggests that teachers (and parents) need to cultivate 7Cs in children – communication, curiosity, collaboration, communication, creativity, commitment and craftsmanship – at the same time as helping them achieve success in public examinations. Have a look at www.educatingruby.org if you’d like to find out more.educating-ruby

This entertaining, honest and soul searching evening will help you reflect on your role in the lifelong education of your son or daughter and make you think about your approach to supporting the holistic development of your children.

Whilst this is a free event we would appreciate any donations in lieu of a ticket charge on the evening during which we will be supporting the Ark Cancer Charity.

Please click here to register for this event.

DofE Certificates Awarded for Hard Work (27/4/17)

The School has received two certificates demonstrating the hard work and determination shown by our students and our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award staff. The first certificate indicates the amount of young people completing their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  The Hampshire County Council baseline figure is 69%, which is considerably higher than the national average.  Well done to our DofE students for completing 85% of eDofE awards, well above Hants average!  The second certificate shows the amount of volunteering hours our young people have completed in the local community. The value in £ represents the social value saved by the volunteering at minimum wage.  Volunteering is an excellent way for young people not only to add value to their local community, but also to enhance their CV and future applications for work, college and university.  Click here to see certificates.

New KS5 Sports Course Information Evening (27/4/17)

Southampton FC with Saints Foundation are launching a new football and education programme for September 2017 starting at The Costello School. The students will study a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport which is equivalent to 3 A-Levels as well as full time football training and a games schedule

As local parents and students we wanted to invite you to our Open Evening on Tuesday 2nd May, starting at 7.00pm at The Costello School.   KS5 Sports Course Invitation  Course Syllabus

Foodbank (24/4/17)

A huge THANK YOU for donations of Easter Eggs for the food bank, especially from 9JB!

German Exchange 2017 (24/4/17)

With a coach full of 48 excited students, we left early Tuesday morning on 28 March on our 16th annual exchange trip to our partner town Euskirchen in Germany.  The first day came as a shock to our students, when they found out our partner school, Emil-Fischer-Gymnasium, started lessons at 7.40 a.m., and the students were expected to attend the first two lessons.  The exchange proved once again to be very successful and, despite the great number of participants, it all went very smoothly and the students were well behaved, punctual and a credit to the school. (Follow this link for full article in Costello Together)

Year 10 Work Experience (5/4/17)

Year 10s really made Mrs Bunce (Y10 Pastoral Deputy) proud last week when she visited them on their work placements. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and great to see them all in their different roles. We even had a member of the public ring school just because she was so impressed with how professional and helpful our student was (Amy Barton) and another placement saying they wished the placement was two weeks as they were so happy with how our student had worked, that he had been a great asset (Josh Hull). Other students said how much they have loved it (Jasmine Clarkson at King’s Furlong Infant School). Molly Freeth had this said about her: ‘We’ve had Molly with us all week from Costello. She’s been an absolute delight and we would like to nominate her for the student award in the Skillstree awards’ from Wote Street People.  4 Kingdoms gave a big thank you to their two Work experiences, (see photo) Amy (Berkshire College of Agriculture) and Megan (Costello School).  Both have been a great help around the farm.  So all in all a great week!

Dance Festival 2017  (4/4/17)

An evening of dance performed by students, showcasing the talented dancers that we have at Costello!

It was a fantastic turn out again with over 50 staff and students involved in this year’s dance festival. Mrs Adair said she just loves the real mixture of dance styles we have on the stage, alongside the real mixture of students we have on stage. All years were involved again, which is fantastic!

Year 10 have now completed two of their GCSE Dance mock performance pieces in front of an audience. KS3 dancers never fail to amaze us with their hard work on their choreographies. We were lucky enough to have our ex-year 11 GCSE dancer Hollie Savage performing with 2 of our current Year 11 dancers. We were also lucky enough to have another guest performance from Cian Humphrys who is in Year 5 at Four Lanes, performing alongside his big sister Mia Humphrys currently in Year 10 (it was a surprise for Dad, he had no idea!)

Senior Music Performance Evening (3/4/17)

pianoThursday 6 April.  Costello Main Hall.  6:30 – 8:00pm.  Free admission.

A chance to hear some of the GCSE solo and group performances which students have prepared for their practical assessments, in addition to some larger ensemble pieces by the Costello School Choir and String Group.

There will be a wide variety of high quality music including rock, blues, jazz, soul, contemporary and traditional.

Over £1260 raised for Comic Relief! (27/3/17)

Thank you for your support.

Thank you to all the students who contributed in the week with the photo booth, Costello’s got talent and non-school uniform day.

Thank you to all who supported The Longest Pie Train! Thank you to all helpers, videographers, photographers, cleaners, crowd controllers, basically everyone, the event could not have run so smoothly without you!

Brookvale’s Photobooth Raised £25,  Camrose’s Costello Got Talent Raised £34,

Loddon’s Pie Train Raised £257.30

Students meet Nobel Peace Prize winner (24/3/17)

The Peace Jam conference discussed Nobel Peace Prize winners and various themes including identity, difference, power, privilege, peace and non-violence in an increasingly complicated world.

Early on in the conference the audience were invited to ask Leymah questions and a number of our students took up the offer leading to some really interesting responses to the questions they posed such as

When the civil war happened in Liberia you resisted, you were able to achieve peace, how easy was that?

“To everyone who is struggling with low self -esteem, what advice would you give them?”

Photo shows Costello students and staff with Leymah

Open Morning 20 June 2017 (22/3/17)

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 mailto:cadmin@Costello.hants.sch.uk

Elevate Study-Skills Parent Seminar (21/3/17)

We hope that the information shared here will help us to support your child with their revision for the upcoming exams. If you require any additional information please contact department teachers.

  1. Study-skill Parent Seminar – This document contains the information and links that were shared with parents and students during last week’s elevate study-skills sessions.
  2. Memory Mnemonics – A copy of the student booklet students received last week.
  3. The supporting your child through GCSE booklet – This gives details of exam boards and study guides for students in Year 10.

My child has an exam…  Get me out of here! Exam Tips for Parents (20/3/17)

SEN LOGOWe know that GCSE exams can be a very busy time for students. It is often the first time they have experienced what it is like to have a large workload in one go, deadlines to meet, and pressure to make decisions about the future. We also know that watching a child go through this is often a difficult time for the people at home.

Here are a few things that might be helpful in supporting your child through exams.

Time.

Ask your child to explain what they are learning to you. Ask them questions, challenge their opinions and ideas, ask them to explain how they feel about it and what they know to support that idea.  We often find that explaining a concept to someone who does not know about it solidifies the ideas in their own head.  Equally, there are times when we as parents need to back away and let them get on with it themselves. They know you are there to support them, and sometimes they need time and space to get their heads around what they need to do and take control of their own learning.

Praise.

Revision is hard and often quite lonely. Encourage your child to share it with you, keep telling them ‘well done’. Remind them of how it will feel to get each task done and done well, and how proud you are of them.

Exercise.

Take them for a walk or swimming or bowling, do something to get them out the house and active. Talk to them about how they are feeling and what they are learning.  It can be overwhelming managing such a schedule, so take time out and force them to remember they need to invest in their own energy supply if they are to keep going.  Spending quality time together will boost their confidence.

Organise.

Each Year 11 has created a revision timetable to follow each week. If your child does not have one, create one together that fits in the subjects they need to study, family time, time to socialise, revision times in school and paired study time with a friend.  We have templates and ideas, so please just ask.  Stick to the plan and help them stick to it too. It is important not to cancel planned events and family time. They need to learn to manage their time, focus when they need to and relax when they need to.

Talk to us.

We have 1100 children in front of us every day and they are all different. Talk to us about revision strategies, or if you are worried about your child, let us know if you come across a technique that really works. We always want to hear new ideas.  Please remember you are not alone. Exams are busy and often we want to protect children from feeling stress and pressure, but if we can help them in dealing with it now, they will learn lessons for life, not just exams.

Amazing Year 8s BBC School Report News Day (20.3.17)

On Thursday 16 March some Year 8s took part in the BBC School Report News Day. They w ere fantastic and I am so proud of them. During the day the classroom was transformed into a news room and they were all reporting stories through written reports, videos and radio recordings that were then uploaded to their very own website and tweeted. The students worked to tight deadlines and got all of the work completed, including interviewing some Year 10 students and Mark Jones from Ark Cancer Centre Charity. Thank you Year 8s, you were amazing!  See Y8s website – https://costellobbcschoolreport.wordpress.com/

Peace Jam Weekend (16/3/17)Peace Jam

16 Costello students spent the weekend (11/12 March) at Winchester University meeting Nobel peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee, getting involved in workshops and Action Projects with 200 other students from UK and beyond. They were fantastic ambassadors for the school.  Special thanks to Laura Ord and Jo Brown for giving up their weekends.

Senior Music Performance Evening (15/3/17)

pianoThursday 6 April.  Costello Main Hall.  6:30 – 8:00pm.  Free admission.

A chance to hear some of the GCSE solo and group performances which students have prepared for their practical assessments, in addition to some larger ensemble pieces by the Costello School Choir and String Group.

There will be a wide variety of high quality music including rock, blues, jazz, soul, contemporary and traditional.

Revision Planner (13/3/17)

With end of year exams coming up shortly it is vital that students start organising their revision now. Please click here to download a revision planner, with instructions that students in Year 7-10 can use to create a revision plan for their exams. The dates for their end of year exams can be found below.

Exam dates

Year 7 – 15-19 May

Year 8 – 5-9 June

Year 9 – 22-25 May

Year 10 – 2-5 May (Science only) and 12-29 June

Year 11 – 15 May – 26 June

 

The Annual Year 10 Inter-School MFL Challenge – THE CUP HAS RETURNED!  (9/3/17)MFL challenge 4

The annual Year 10 MFL challenge took place recently, and Costello entered two German and one French team this year. Teams from eight different Basingstoke Schools took part including The Hurst, The Clere and Sherfield School.

The challenge took place once again in the Civic Offices. Teams had to put together a proposal for a youth market in the town centre and give the management team at Basingstoke Together all the information they would need to convince them to give the go-ahead. The students had three tasks to complete and had to remember that they also wanted to promote the market to French/German/Spanish students and visitors.

Not only did our French team win as the best French team, but it was also the BEST TEAM overall, winning the MFL Challenge Cup and bringing it back to our school after two years.  WELL DONE to them and to everyone that took part.

Jacob AwardJacob Wins Junior Sportsman Award (7/3/17)

Costello student and talented young archer Jacob Caine is heading to France for a week competing with the GB Team. He had the perfect send-off at the Basingstoke & Deane Sports Awards, presented on Friday 3 March at the Apollo Hotel.  Jacob won the Junior Sportsman Award from a very talented field of 22 sportsmen. There were three boys from Costello in the top four.

World Record ‘Pie Train’ attempt (3/3/17)

In order to raise money ftrain-clip-art-train-clipart-298_225or Comic Relief 2017 students and staff will be attempting to set a new world record for the longest human ‘pie train’. Dont know what it is? Have a look at the coverage from BBC South Today.

The Costello School Great Comic Relief 2017   Fundraising Sponsorship Page

Army VisitThe Army Help English Students (2/3/17)

On Monday, 27 February members of the 1st battalion Grenadier Guards paid our Year 10 and 11 students a visit to help bring GCSE English conflict poetry to life and talk about their experiences of deployment. Thank you so much to the volunteers who made this an unforgettable day!

Los Angeles Trip (2/3/17)Los Angeles

Costello’s February half term trip to Los Angeles was a great success, click on the photo (right) to see more.  Report to follow in next Costello Together.

Upcoming Event – 8 May – Professor Bill Lucas – What our children really need to learn  (28/2/17)

Being a parent is tough. Being a parent of a teenager perhaps the toughest of all. So what can you do to help your child learn better, become more resilient and ultimately increase their chance of success? What can we do differently to help with both their academic progress and their personal growth? Are you the type of person who believes that intelligence is expandable? That having a can-do mindset matters? That parents can play a very different role? And, most importantly, that the relationship with students and sons/daughters needs to change?

If these ideas resonate with you then ‘What children really need to learn’ is an event ideally suited to you. If they don’t then it is definitely for you.

Square_Bill_WebProfessor Bill Lucas is one of the world’s foremost thinkers about education and an acclaimed researcher with more than 40 books to his name. His main interest is in how people learn and how we can help them learn better. With Guy Claxton, Bill created the growing global expansive education movement. His most recent book, Educating Ruby: what our children really need to learn, challenge schools to think afresh about what they do. It suggests that teachers (and parents) need to cultivate 7Cs in children – communication, curiosity, collaboration, communication, creativity, commitment and craftsmanship – at the same time as helping them achieve success in public examinations. Have a look at www.educatingruby.org if you’d like to find out more.educating-ruby

This entertaining, honest and soul searching evening will help you reflect on your role in the lifelong education of your son or daughter and make you think about your approach to supporting the holistic development of your children.

Whilst this is a free event we would appreciate any donations in lieu of a ticket charge on the evening during which we will be supporting the Ark Cancer Charity.

Please click here to register for this event.

 

Year 7 District Champions (27/2/17)year 7 netball team

The Year 7 netball team are district Champions! For the first time in 7 years Costello has won a district netball trophy, Miss Lewis said, “this is a fantastic achievement for a fabulous group of girls, congratulations Millie Smith, Winny Lawler, Libby Davies, Cianne Skeete, Charlotte Bevan, Sienna Richardson, Alice Butcher”.

Year 8 BBC School Report – Blood Brothers Interview (17/2/17)

Blood BrothersOur English class is working on a project for the BBC School Report. Costello is one of the 591 schools across the UK participating in the competition, however, we are only one of three in Basingstoke. As a class, we have to create a detailed script, direct and film the news report. Our news report will be filmed on Thursday 16 March. During this report we will be interviewing Alex Henry from Bodyfixers and have already interviewed Sean Jones from the amazing play, ‘Blood Brothers’ in Poole. The BBC School Report is not only fun, but it also helps us improve English skills such as; script writing, factual writing, performing and many more.

Written by Izzie Cosgrove and Chhavi Bhala

Victvs-Radicalisation-Awareness-thumb‘Prevent’ on Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme (15/2/17)

There was  a feature on Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme this week which highlighted just how easy it is for young people to be radicalised. To listen to it please click below.

 

in-a-jarYoung Enterprise in Southampton on Saturday 18 February (15/2/17)

Young Enterprise – In a Jar have their Spring Trade Fair on Saturday 18 February at Westquay Shopping Centre, Southampton.  Come along and support if you are in the area (9am-1pm).

 

Dance Festival 2017 on Monday 3 April (13/2/17)IMG_9042

An evening of dance performed by students, showcasing the talented dancers that we have at Costello! It’s free of charge so please come along and enjoy, in the main hall on Monday 3 April at 6.30pm.

 

Picture1Comic Relief 2017 (9/2/17)

Red Nose Day is back on Friday 24 March.  Costello students will be finding ways to help make the world a better place, simply by having fun and being a bit silly.  The day will be a non-uniform day with students encouraged to wear something red, a Comic Relief Photo Booth is to be organised by the Brookvale House.  Loddon House are looking for entries for the ‘Longest Pie Train’, Guinness World Records attempt and Camrose House are looking for talented students for Costello’s Got Talent!

Safer Internet Day 2017 (6.2.17)E-Safety Poster

Safer Internet Day 2017 will take place on Tuesday 7th February with the theme ‘Be the change: unite for a better internet’

Costello House News (2.2.17)

Latest information on Costello’s House Achievements and Fund Raising Events  – click here

More Archery Success for Jacob (1/2/17)

Archery1On Friday 20 January, Jacob competed in the Indoor World Cup (Stage3) In Nimes, France. He was entered in the Under 21, Junior category shooting against some of the World’s best junior Archers. Jacob qualified 14th out of 62 with a huge score of 581/600 which put him through to the final 32 head to head matches.

The matches were closely fought, with the Number 2 seed finally knocking out Jacob placing him in 9th out of 62 which for a 14 year old was a stunning result. Jacob has been selected for Team GB and has been confirmed as part of the squad heading to Vittel in France for the European Championships 2017. He is picking up his GB uniform shortly and is very excited! He has also been announced as a finalist in the Basingstoke Sports Award and has to attend the Gala Dinner on 3 March where the winners will be announced.
Number DayNumber Day Friday 3 February (30/1/17)

The Mathematics Department are running a competition all this week. Throughout the week beginning Monday 30 January to Friday 3 February students can complete the Number Day Quiz, by answering each question and finding the teacher wearing the correct answer badge. Entries to be given to tutors or Maths teacher by Friday 3 February. House points will be awarded for every entry.

Holocaust Memorial Day (27/1/17)

How can life go onHolocaust1Holocaust Memorial Day is marked each year on 27 January – the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau.

On and around this day, schools, communities and faith groups across the UK join together in national and local events to Holocaust2.pngcommemorate those people who became victims of the Nazis and their collaborators and of more recent genocides, and to consider the contemporary relevance of the Holocaust.

Year 9 Costello students were part of this important event as they took part in a live Webcast form Mala Tribech – a Holocaust Survivor and heard her important testimony first hand.

 

Costello proud to share the continued success for ex-students (25/1/17)

Ex-students, Mair Edwards and Owen Richardson have continued to show promise and progress as they move through the ranks into becoming senior athletes.

At the South of England Indoor championships held at Lee Valley, both were competing in the Under 20 age group. Mair, running the 200m showed her class to progress through the rounds and become SE champion in a time of 25.06 seconds. This is a fantastic achievement, bearing in mind she has only recently turned 17.

Owen ran in the 400m and again progressed through the rounds nicely to earn a place in the final. He didn’t disappoint here either and took the gold medal to become U20 SE champion in a time of 48.45 seconds.

Even better news followed though. Owen has been selected to represent England in an international meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia where he will compete against some of the best athletes in Europe.

Congratulations to both runners and we wish them luck for the rest of the season.

 

New GCSE Grades Explained (16/1/17)

There is still much confusion over the new GCSE grades, some of which are coming online in 2017. The video below goes some way to explaining the changes.

 

Year 9 Parent Evening – Thursday 12 January – Postponed (11/1/17)

Dear Parent/Guardian

Having considered carefully the weather forecast tomorrow and noted the severe weather warning (including ‘thunder snow’) that is in place locally between 5pm and 10pm I have decided to postpone the Year 9 parents evening. It will now be held on the Thursday 19th with the Options Evening moving to the 26th.

I am aware that having made this decision we will most probably experience some form of tropical heatwave however your safety and that of students and staff is paramount. Previous experience tells us that the area of Basingstoke suffers badly when snow and ice appear. I could leave the decision until tomorrow however this will, I am sure, cause more disruption.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause especially going forward.

Best wishes, Leigh Adams

Over £900 Raised for Charity (5/1/17)christmas-jumper-day

Over £900 collected for Save the Children on Christmas Jumper Day 16 December.christmas-jumper-day

Thank you for your support!