News & Parents

Carol Service – Thursday 19 December (11/12/19)

You are warmly invited to The Costello School Carol Service
Thursday 19 December,  all welcome to this family event.  6pm-7.15pm at St. Mary’s Church, Goat Lane, Basingstoke RG21 7PZ


Christmas Jumper Day – Thursday 12 December (4/12/19)

Thursday 12 December
£1 suggested donation.
You must wear your uniform with your Christmas jumper.
100 house points per student wearing a Christmas jumper – tutors to email Miss Borthwick with numbers on the day!

Christmas Quiz – Thursday 12 December (4/12/19)

Costello Christmas Quiz, Thursday 12 December, 7.00pm – 9.00pm, in the Main Hall
£5 per person entry, maximum of 8 per team.
This includes your entry fee, food and a drink on arrival.
Please contact Miss Seddon to reserve a table.

Shoe Box Appeal 2019 (28/11/19)

Costello created 251 shoeboxes! We beat last year’s total of 213.  Thank you for all your hard work and contributions towards such a great cause, a small shoebox can have a big impact.



Costello Remembers the fallen (14/11/19)

On Sunday 10 November, students, parents, veterans and dignitaries came together at the War Memorial in Basingstoke to remember those who have died in conflicts and training in service of our country. Several hundred people took the time to pause, reflect and remember with special representatives such as RAF Odiham, the Gurkha Regiments, the Royal British Legion, all led by the Mayor of Basingstoke, Cllr Diane Taylor.

Amongst those taking part included Head Students Maddie Wingrove and Freya Barter who, as representatives of The Costello School, lay a wreath on the memorial, eight CCF cadets as well as numerous cadets, scouts, guides, St John’s Ambulance medics and other volunteers. Of additional note, Cpl Sam Santos again had the honour of flag bearer for the Army Cadet Force and Jacob Thatcher lay the wreath on behalf of the Air Training Corp.

Our sincere thanks to all that took part, including purchasing poppies at the school.

Poppy Appeal 2019 (11/11/19)

This year The Costello School have made a conscious effort to do their bit for the environment, supporting lots of recycling schemes. We continued this through our support of the Royal British Legion and the Poppy Appeal to support such a worthy cause. We created over 160 poppies from recycled bottle bottoms and they look incredible! Thank you to all who supported our display.

District Table Tennis success for Costello (18/10/19)



Costello managed a clean sweep of the district table tennis competitions, to win all four age groups (U13 & U16 boys and girls) in the tournament at Aldworth. The students competed in teams of four against the other schools and Costello had nine teams competing. However, it was the A teams that predictably came out on top and will now represent Basingstoke in the County Competition in November.
In addition, sixteen of our students helped to umpire and organise the junior schools tournament in the morning which saw approximately a hundred students competing and they also did a fantastic job, putting their leadership skills to the test.
Good luck to all for the next county round.

Open Morning Thursday 17 October (9/10/19)

Due to popular demand following our hugely successful Open Evening, we are holding another Open Morning on 17 October for those of you who are still undecided.  Please email to book your place stating whether you would like to join the 9am or 10am school tour.’

Local MP and Schools Minister Visit Costello (7/10/19)

Recently we were visited by local MP Maria Miller, accompanied by the Schools Minister Nick Gibb. Headteacher, Randall Jull said “we know we’re doing a great job, and it is most important to me when the students and parents tell me so; however, it was excellent validation of our work to hear it from the person in charge of School Standards,” who said “staff at the Costello School are clearly driven to ensure every pupil has the best education, that widens opportunities for the next stage of their students’ lives. I was highly impressed by the high standard of behaviour and the nurturing and supportive atmosphere.”

Macmillan Coffee Morning (7/10/19)

Thank you to the parents that supported our Macmillan Coffee Morning, also to the staff that provided and bought cakes – we raised £95.84. A massive thank you to Mrs Gannon for organising the event.


Open Evening 2019 (2/10/19)

Many, many brilliant subject shows and performances showcasing what a great school Costello is.  We were really pleased to receive plenty of great parental feedback which is further validation of where we’re going. (Photo shows Evie, Emma, Amber and Lucy demonstrating dry ice and its acidity)

Further Open Mornings in 2020 – Wednesday 5 February & Wednesday 23 June


OPEN EVENING 2019, Thursday 26 September 5:00pm – 8:00pm

YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US AT THE COSTELLO SCHOOL – A superb school which combines first class learning with unrivalled enrichment.

Our ethos of ‘Enjoy, Respect, Achieve’ threads through everything we do and allows us to deliver our vision of creating the ‘gamechangers’ of the future.  We know that choosing the right school is one of the most important decisions you take as a parent. With a reputation stretching back to 1908, we have been the choice of generations who see strong academic success and excellent pastoral provision blended to ensure that we know each child, celebrate their uniqueness, and allow them a future filled with limitless potential.  But don’t just take my word for it; we invite you to visit us and feel the warmth, ambition and vibrancy of our school community. We are confident that, having seen us, the very important decision you have to make is not a hard one.

Randall Jull, Head of School

Best GCSE Results Yet (18/9/19)

Amazing GCSE results again with 72% of students getting Grade 4 or better in English and in maths, which is 7% up on last year and half of students getting a grade 5 in both. This year nearly a quarter of all grades awarded across the year group were grades 7-9 (old A-A*).

We are so proud of our students who have worked their socks off to get the results they deserve. Congratulations and good luck with your future pathways. We will miss you!

The Basingstoke Gazette – Best year yet for The Costello School