News & Parents

CostelloFest 2019 (15/7/19)

On Wednesday 10 July, The House Captains held their second summer festival CostelloFest. The aim of the festival was to raise money for school improvement ideas. They had big expectations to fill, as last year we were fortunate enough to raise over £1300 and this allowed us to work with the site team to install a new water fountain in the English block.

This year we had lots of stalls all run by the house captains of Loddon, Camrose, Brookvale and Hackwood including Henna, Glitter Tattoos, Fish Bowl Drop, Chocolate Tombola, Strawberries and Cream alongside the Big Raffle.  We were supported by Atmosphere Trampoline Park, St Michael’s Hospice, BCoT, Champs Academy, Explore Learning, Stagecoach, Basingstoke Taekwondo, Basingstoke Sea Cubs and Youth Café and we thank them very much for attending our event.  We also had lots of community support through raffle prizes and want to thank  everyone who generously donated towards our raffle, this was a huge hit!

All the hard work from House Captains and staff has paid off and we are very pleased to announce that we managed to raise over £1400 this year! Thank you all so much and we look forward to CostelloFest 2020!

A Magical Year 6 Induction Day (11/7/19)

Wow, what a magical day! Great to see our amazing new Year 7s with our fantastic staff yet again going the extra mile.

If you want to join us in September, please email

CostelloFest Wednesday 10 July (2/7/19)

Please join us on Wednesday 10th July, 3.30pm – 5.30pm for CostelloFest, our second Summer festival!





Cabaret Wednesday 10 July (2/7/19)

Please join us on Wednesday 10 July for ‘Cabaret 2019’ in the main hall, starting at 7:00pm, tickets £6 for adults, £3 for 16s and under (under 5s free)

Costello Students Make National Floorball Final (18/6/19)

Congratulations to the Basingstoke Pheonix Floorball team who made the finals at the national youth U16 competition in Cheltenham. They won all their group matches, meaning they progressed to the final undefeated, but unfortunately lost 3-0 in the final. The coaches were very pleased with the effort and performance throughout the tournament and never ever gave up, even when things didn’t go quite their way at the final stage.

The team are made of many Costello students present & past. (Photo courtesy of

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.