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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.”