News & Parents

Cabaret Wednesday 10 July (13/6/19)

On Wednesday 10 July we will be holding ‘Cabaret 2019’ in the main hall, starting at 7:00pm, tickets £6 for adults, £3 for 16s and under (under 5s free)

County Athletics Success (23/5/19)

Several Costello athletes represented Basingstoke and Mid Hants athletics club in the county championships held at Mountbatten Stadium, Portsmouth on 11/12 May. In the Under 15 boys competition, Sam Kemp put in a great performance to run the 800m in 2.23.54 seconds. In the Under 15 girls, Sienna Richardson also ran a great time of 2.22.57 to pick up the silver medal, in an 800m which saw just 1.68 seconds separate the winner from 6th position!

Finally, Izzy Pinder picked up a gold and a silver in the under 17 women’s 300m and 200m respectively. Her time for the 300m was 40.60 seconds and her 200m was 26.50 seconds. Her 300m time now ranks her 12th in the UK this season.

We wish them more success as the season progresses.

CostelloFest Needs You! (14/5/19)

On Wednesday 10th July we are hosting CostelloFest, our second Summer festival!

Calling all Friends of Costello  – Do you have a hobby or business?  Would you like to hold a stall at our CostelloFest?  Cost is £15 per table.  Wednesday 10th July 15:30 – 17:30  Please let me know if you are interested:

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 10th July during our festival.  If you would like to donate something, please contact Miss Borthwick on   Thank you, anything will be gratefully received!

German Exchange 2019 (1/5/19)

Our 17th successful German Exchange took place this year from Tuesday, 2 April – Sunday, 7 April.  Thirty-seven students and four members of staff were forced out of their beds early on Tuesday morning to be able to leave school at 6am. The two-hour coach trip to the Channel Tunnel was a hub of excited students, munching their way through variations of breakfast and chatting about their partners – no sign of their catching up on their beauty sleep! Once on the continent, the journey took 5½ hours including a 45-minute break, during which time two separate films were shown. We arrived in our partner town Euskirchen on time at 5.30 pm and all the families were there to fetch their English partners.

Inspire Competition Success (5/4/19)

Headteacher, Mr Jull would like to make special note of our outstanding Year 10 students who competed in the Bohunt Inspire project – an initiative to develop their presenting, debating, research, and public speaking skills based around the title of ‘the greatest influence in the last 100 years’. We had four teams who spoke on topics ranging from Propaganda to Plastic, and I’m delighted that we came second, and won two category prizes. It once again highlights the strength of the students we have here, and how much they will go on to make positive contributions to society.

SEND Information Evening for Parents and Carers – 9 May (29/3/19)

Each year we run an information evening for parents and carers of our current and future students who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.  The purpose of this evening is to introduce you to some key people in the SEND Department at The Costello School, to show you some of the resources, strategies and equipment the department use when working with the students, to meet some of the key people working in the Basingstoke community who provide a range of support and opportunities to our young people and to meet with other parents and carers.  As in previous years, there will be an opportunity to look at the resources and speak with people, then we have been lucky enough to gain the support of the SENDIASS and Youth Café organisations, who will give a short presentation about who they are and what they do.

Save the date: Thursday 9 May 2019, 6.30-7.30pm, The Costello School Library.  Please email to reserve your place.  We look forward to seeing you.

Sports Awards Winner (18/3/19)

Congratulations to Year 11 Sibi Kumara, for winning the Basingstoke Junior men section at the Basingstoke & Deane Sports Awards 2019. This is worthy recognition of his year of karate dominance.

Successful Year 5 Secondary School Taster Session ((26/2/19)

Just before half term Costello had the pleasure of welcoming Year 5 students from St Mary’s Junior school for a taster session to feel what it is like to be in secondary school. They had a lesson in the technology department kindly run my Miss Young & Mr Wylie. All the students had a great time making wooden noticeboards with their Initials on. Everyone left feeling very positive and wanting to come to Costello!

Costello TeachMeet 28 March 2019 (6/2/19)

Our award-winning teacher, Dr Richens is arranging a meeting of minds for teachers to share ideas to help students across Basingstoke. The keynote speaker for the event is Amjad Ali, a teacher, trainer and TEDx speaker.  Save the date – 28 March 2019 at The Costello School, 4.30pm to 6.30pm.  To register an interest in attending the event as a teacher please contact Dr Richens via email: or on Twitter@DrKunderdown

Year 9 Parents’ Evening changed date – now Thursday 7 February (4/2/19)

Dear Parent/Carer, the postponed Year 9 Parents Consultation Evening, previously scheduled for Thursday 31st January will now be held this week, on Thursday 7th February, as per our previous communication.  The appointments previously made have been rolled over to this week, so there is no need to make the appointments again, although if your availability has changed you will still be able to access the booking site and make amendments as necessary.  Randall Jull

School Open as Normal Today (4/2/19)

The School is open as normal today.  Tutor time is extended until 10.00am to allow students to get in safely, the site has been cleared and is fully accessible.

Year 9 Parents’ Evening Postponed (21/1/19)

Dear Parent/Carer, I am writing to inform you that I have made the very difficult decision to postpone the Year 9 Parents Consultation Evening, scheduled for tonight, Thursday 31st January.  I am acutely aware that I have made a late decision, and this is not one I have taken lightly. The weather forecast is changing by the hour – hence the late call, and while it may transpire that the snow does not actually fall and settle in Basingstoke until  the end of the evening, I have a duty of care to all the students, the parents, and also the staff.  I have a significant number of staff who travel to work from the South and the West and the snow is moving in from this direction much earlier in the evening. I would not like to risk their safety in asking them to travel home in potentially very difficult conditions.  I am currently looking to move the Parents Evening to next Thursday, 7th February, but I will confirm this in due course.  Should this late notice present any issues with child care and informing your son/daughter, we will ensure they are able to remain on site after school so that they can contact you and make alternative arrangements.  Can I just take this opportunity to thank you for your understanding in what is a difficult and borderline decision. I would much rather find out that we could have run the evening, than run it and then discover someone has been involved in a weather related accident later that night.

With very best wishes, Randall Jull, Head of School

Student of the Year (30/1/19)

Congratulations to Year 11 student Lauren Culver for being shortlisted for the ‘Student of the Year’ award at the Skills Tree Awards ceremony which is organised by the Basingstoke Consortium. Lauren was nominated by Inchora, Farnborough with whom she carried out her work experience last year. Well done Lauren!

Year 8 Options Evening – change of date (18/1/19)

Originally there was an Options Evening scheduled for Thursday 24 January for Years 8 and 9. This will be for Year 9 only now.  Year 8 has moved to Thursday 14th March.  Subsequently, the Year 8 Parent Consultation Evening will now move from Thursday 7 February to Thursday 21 March.  click here for parent letter

Year 5 Open Mornings 2019 (9/1/19)

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 5 February – tours at 9.00am and 10.00am

Tuesday 18 June – tours at 9.00am and 10.00am

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

Talented Students Perform at Carol Service (21/12/18)

Mrs L Jones said ‘The carol service yesterday evening was absolutely lovely – the variety, the number of students involved, the talent we have at the school. I thoroughly enjoyed it and a huge thanks and well done to Mr Gardner, Mrs Wall and all the wonderful students involved.’

Miss Seddon said ‘It has been so fantastic to see so many of our talented students up on the stage performing and a lovely way to end the term.’



Carol Service Invite (14/12/18)

You are warmly invited to

The Costello School Carol Service

Thursday 20 December 6pm at St Mary’s Church

Eastrop, Basingstoke


Under 13 Girls Table Tennis team become County Champions (29/11/18)

Congratulations to the Under 13 Girls Table Tennis team (Sarah Robinson, Jess Frazer, Mya Byrne & Jessie Hill) who became County Champions on 25th November. They travelled to Testwood School, Totton, Southampton to compete in the County finals, because they had won the district competition at Aldworth earlier in the year. At the tournament, they faced the winners from each district around Hampshire and ultimately ended up winning their games to top the competition. As a result they now have the opportunity to represent Hampshire in the Regional finals which are usually in London. Congratulations!

KS3 Boys Badminton become District Champions (22/11/18)

Cooper Huggins, Conner de Silva, Will Reid and Gregor Stronach participated in the district badminton competition at the Vyne School and came away undefeated.

They were drawn in a pool with CBEC and Everest B team and the teams played each other in a round robin competition. In each match against the other school they played two singles games and three doubles games. Both pool matches were won convincingly 5 – 0 meaning Costello topped the pool. This in itself was a great achievement as all the boys are Year 8 students and were playing against Year 9s from other schools.

Everest A had won the other pool, so the two teams met in the final.  This was a much closer match and most games went almost all the way to the final points. In the end Costello won 4-1, meaning they were district champions.

They now will represent Basingstoke in the County Finals in Winchester.

Costello runners complete a clean sweep at the District XC (19/11/18)

Costello athletes kept up the strong tradition in the cross country at Sherfield school by achieving a clean sweep in all team competitions. The event is the Inter Schools Championships in addition to the selection race for the County Championships in January.

The Year 10/11 girls won their team event, with all three athletes also achieving district selection. Izzy Pinder was 2nd, Livi Rugman 3rd and Maisie Marchant 5th.  The Year 10/11 boys also won the team event with the B team finishing 3rd. Richard Sutton ran a very strong race for 2nd position, closely followed by Cameron Coveney in 3rd. Jamie Frazer came home 7th to complete the A team. Gabriel Bori sneaked home in 10th to also achieve district selection and Ollie Parsons and Peter Whitfield were close behind in 16th and 21st respectively.

In the Junior girls event (Years 8/9) Costello had a large entry and managed three teams. The A team won, the B team finished 3rd and the C team finished 5th. Individual performances were as follows: Sienna Richardson 1st (to become individual district champion), Grace Cox 4th, Jessie Hill 5th, Amelia Payne 6th, Grace Williams 7th, Katerina Pole 9th, Olivia Payne 12th, Victoria Thomas 15th, Sarah Robinson 16th and Emily Garratt 17th.  Finally the Year 8/9 boys completed the clean sweep. Stanley Murphy ran a great race for 2nd, Aidan Leavey was close behind in 3rd, Will Rixon completed the A team in 6th. Sam Kemp and Sammy Williams were immediately behind in 7th and 8th and Braedon Greene completed the line up in 13th position.

All in all a fantastic result and those in the top 10 can look forward to their county race at Southampton Sports Centre in January.