The Costello School is a popular and successful comprehensive school providing education for students aged 11 – 16. The School also puts great emphasis on its work with our community partners which provides the foundation for our Learning Trust. Lastly our success has also led to a number of National Awards and recognition in the last few years of which we are very proud.
Ofsted (2014) stated “teaching is good”, “expectations are high” and “students feely highly appreciated as individuals. They behave consistently well and interact easily with one another. Students say they feel safe, secure and happy in school”.
The School has established an orderly and caring environment and one of high academic standards with a strong pastoral system that supports a happy, caring School where students want to be. The ethos is firmly based around learning and learning for all in a way that is appropriate to develop lifelong learners in preparation for the changing world in which they will live. The use of technology to enhance learning is embedded in the classroom. All classrooms are equipped with a projector and teacher PC.
The School is situated on the edge of Basingstoke and its buildings are well maintained with an appropriate range of specialist rooms. Great pride has been placed on the enhanced learning environment that has been created over the last 5 years including a refurbished Learning Resource Centre. There are extensive playing fields and, despite being a town school, looks over countryside to its rear.
The School premises centre on the buildings originally provided in 1912 for the Girls’ High School, then numbering about 150 students. Considerable extensions have been added at various times since then and the original building has been modernised and adapted to the needs of today. There are specialist rooms for all subjects and a modern Technology and Mathematics Suite which opened in 2007 and most recently the addition of a Dance Studio and Hair and Beauty Suite.
The School has four main feeder schools which provide about 70% of our students with the remainder coming from other local schools. The town is served by two Further Education Colleges and 93% of student’s progress directly to Further Education. Our partnership with all our external partners, including businesses is strong.
The School has a commitment to continuous improvement and the high quality professional development of all staff and gained Investors in People in 2006, reaccredited in 2013, and the Hampshire Silver Award for Continuing Professional Development in 2010.