News Archive

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 p.jones@costello.hants.sch.uk 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: k.underdown@costello.hants.sch.uk 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 cadmin@costello.hants.sch.uk.  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.

The Costello School celebrates Centenary with Service of Remembrance on Friday 9 November  (13/11/18)

Students from Bohunt Education Trust proudly commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Armistice with a special Remembrance Service at Priory School

Students from six schools reading WW1 poetry and literature, a collaborative cascade of beautiful handmade poppies and performances from a choir and orchestra were just some of the highlights of Bohunt Education Trust (BET)’s Remembrance Service.

Last Friday, staff and students from The Costello School travelled to Priory School in Southsea to commemorate a special Remembrance Day event with other staff and students from across BET.

The Service was in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, which marked the end of the First World War. Priory School was recommissioned as a Military Hospital during the First World War, and current staff and students were honoured to host the event for representatives from all six BET schools across the South of England.

Guests included 99-year-old veteran John Jenkins MBE Ld’H who read the Act of Remembrance, Stephen Morgan, MP – an ex-Priory student, Portsmouth’s Deputy Lord Mayoress Leza Tremorin and representatives from a variety of faiths in recognition of the history of and significance that Priory School played during the war, and the sacrifice made by local men and women from Portsmouth.

Stewart Vaughan, Headteacher at Priory said, “Armistice Day reminds us of the sacrifice that so many young men and women in Portsmouth made one hundred years ago. To remember them and the time they spent here at Priory has brought great pride, especially as this building held so much importance during the years of 1914 -1918. It is important to us as part of Bohunt Education Trust that we teach children about the significance of our location in Hampshire, and the history of our forefathers from the area”.

CEO of Bohunt Education Trust, Neil Strowger, said, “BET’s approach to immersive learning enables all our students to experience hands-on history. The Centenary is a very humbling occasion and we are fortunate in that many of our students come to school every day to Priory – a building that played a pivotal role in Portsmouth during 1914-18. Our ethos is Enjoy Respect Achieve – and today is a key example to all our students and staff of respect for those who died during the Great War.’

Costello Remembers (9/11/18)

In this centenary year Costello has created two memorial garden displays at the front of school.
The first features the silent silhouette of a soldier to represent the local men who fought in the war and 100 poppies to symbolise each year since the ending of World War One. The poppies have been decorated by students and are labelled with the names of Basingstoke men and the streets they lived on, who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The second garden has the silent silhouette of a suffragette to acknowledge the all-female cohort of the school during the First World War and the invaluable contribution women made to the war effort.

Students also attended assemblies and tutor time dedicated to the theme of remembrance.

Thank you to Bohunt Education Trust, who sponsored the silent silhouette figures.

 

Table Tennis and Netball District Success (29/10/18)

District Table Tennis Team – Costello sent 36 students to take part in the district team table tennis event at Aldworth School. This was the largest entry from any of the Basingstoke Schools and in the two boys age groups we had A, B & C teams which was fantastic. All teams (boys and girls) did well with the ‘A’ teams in all four age categories making the play off stages having successfully navigated the pools.  In the knockout stages, the girls fared better than the boys, with both the Under 16 girls and U13 girls both winning the overall titles. The Under 16 boys finished runners up to Challoner and the Under 13 boys finished joint 3rd having been knocked out in the semi-final.  As a result of winning the competition, both girls’ teams now have the opportunity to represent Basingstoke at the County Finals at Testwood Sports College, Totton. Congratulations to all involved and especially the girls teams.

District Netball League – After 4 years of trying, the fabulous Year 10 netball team have won the district league. Their commitment, enthusiasm, skill and ability has only increased over the years and Miss Seddon couldn’t be happier. (The girls might tell you, Miss Seddon shed a little tear when they won!)   Thank you girls – you thoroughly deserve this.  #veryproudmissseddon

 

 

Costello Achieves School Games Mark Silver Award (11/10/18)

Costello have received the National School Games Mark Bronze Award in the past, but following the 2018 application for the Bronze Award, we were one of a sample of schools that were chosen for moderation to ensure national consistency. Mr. Jeffs underwent a moderation process with the national moderators and our application was upgraded to the Silver Award, based on their findings, which is great news for the school.

The award is all about the quality of PE provision both in curricular and extra-curricular time and the award recognises the number of opportunities that are provided by the school and the number of students engaged in physical activity during the week. This includes work in lessons in addition to leadership opportunities and opportunities to represent the school in clubs and teams.

Thank you to all students who have attended the clubs and opportunities we provide. You have contributed towards this award.

 

GCSE Success Fair (8/10/18)

We will be holding a GCSE success fair on Wednesday 17th October 6.00pm – 7.30pm at The Costello School. The aim of the evening is to provide students and parents with all of the vital information required to prepare fully for the November PPE exams. There will be three parts to the evening; a subject fair showcasing information from each subject, a short presentation and a series of practical workshops covering key strategies for English, maths, science and student wellbeing. We look forward to welcoming all our Year 11 parents and students.

Working Together on CCF Away Day (2/10/18)

A number of cadets went to the Royal School of Military Engineering training facility at Hawley Lake as part of our annual CCF Away Day. Working with students from Lord Wandsworth’s College, students refined skills in bushcraft, command tasks, problem solving and even tried their hand at demolition techniques. In the afternoon, teams went head-to-head against other sections to build rafts and paddle them around a course on the lake. While it was a very enjoyable day, cadets had to be able to work together, be resilient and think creatively to overcome the tasks and for many it was a chance to practice leadership skills. I was enormously proud to see them work together and achieve so much.  Year 9 Students and carers: Combined Cadet Force will be looking to recruit year 9s in January 2019. I will deliver an assembly in the next half term and provide a letter to parents before the Christmas break. If you have any questions or queries, or if you are considering getting involved as an adult volunteer, please contact me via email at a.page@costello.hants.sch.uk

The Costello School Opens Eyes and Welcomes Record Numbers to Transformational Open Evening (1/10/18)

Elephant’s toothpaste, the binary birthday party, a literature room, live music performances and interactive murder mysteries: just some of the highlights on offer as The Costello School welcomed around 450 families to its inspirational Open Evening on Wednesday 26 September, making it the most successful open event in the School’s history.

Almost 95% of visitors to the Open Evening said the experience had changed their perception for the better or had reinforced their already high opinion of the School. Parents and children left informed of and impressed by the School’s vision for education, the high calibre of staff and new Head of School Randall Jull, who was appointed in June 2018.

This summer the Costello School celebrated its strongest GCSE results in recent history, with English, maths and science all significantly above national average, and progress likely to be the highest across the town. Parents from across the region came to see this academic provision, but were blown away by the pastoral care and educational enrichment on display.

The evening was a chance for parents to familiarise themselves with the wealth of opportunities available at The Costello School, which has recently become part of the highly successful, high-achieving Bohunt Education Trust. With this partnership comes support, challenge and ambition for the years ahead, both academically and with regards to enrichment provision; the Open Evening with its electric atmosphere, eloquent guides and confident performers was a sign of this.

The event was also an excellent opportunity for students from The Costello School to bring their talents to the local community. Parents were greeted with dinner, prepared by the Food Technology students; the set phrase dance rehearsals, practical work and laser cutting in DT, ‘meet your Governors and Bohunt Education Trust’ and information regarding support at Costello were just some examples of the myriad of experiences on offer.

Randall Jull, Head of School at The Costello School said,

“It has been wonderful to be part of the extraordinary team of students and staff in the lead-up to our Open Evening and I feel privileged to have led the School for the last few months. We are extremely proud of our high standards, second-to-none facilities and the opportunities we can offer students and we know that trusting us with the education of your child is one of the most important decisions you can make. Despite our size, our pastoral care means we know and value every individual at The Costello School and your child really could not be in better hands.”

Philip Avery, Director of Education at Bohunt Education Trust, said,

“Since Bohunt Education Trust started working with The Costello School in December last year, it has been rewarding and uplifting to see the strong improvements. BET schools are well known for their culture of innovation, provision of fantastic learning environments and a wealth of opportunities for students that develop leadership, ambition and self-esteem, as well as outstanding attainment. The level of interest in The Costello School this evening, and the superb summer GCSE results are testament to the hard work of students and staff in striving to make our ambitious educational vision reality.”

This is not the only opportunity to experience The Costello School’s inspiring atmosphere and unrivalled facilities and ask questions of its excellent staff. On Tuesday 2 October the School is delighted to welcome prospective Yr 6 and Yr 5s and their families to the Open Morning and there will be two further Open Mornings on 5 February and 18 June for prospective Yr 5s and their families.

Macmillan Coffee Morning update (28/9/18)

‘Thank you to all the parents, carers and staff for all the support for Macmillan coffee morning. There was lots of delicious goodies to share, relaxing over a morning coffee’ and £108 raised for the charity, thank you.

Macmillan Coffee Morning (27/9/18)

Parents, carers and families are warmly invited to join us for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on –

28 September 10am – 12 noon in the Learning Resource Centre

To support and raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. We will have drinks, games and lots of cakes to raise money for this worthwhile charity. We will also provide hints and tips for parents on homework and how best to support your young person. We hope you will be able to join us

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.”

Open Evening Information (6/9/18)

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.

Open Evening

Wednesday 26 September, 6pm – 9pm

Head of School’s talk at 6.30pm and 7.30pm

Open Afternoon and Mornings

Thursday 13 September – tours at 12.30pm and 2.15pm

Wednesday 19 September – tours at 9.00am and 10.00am

Tuesday 2 October – tours at 9.00am and 10.00am

Additional Open Mornings – Year 5

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 cadmin@costello.hants.sch.uk.  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.

 

AUGUST 2018 – The Costello School once again celebrates strong GCSE results

Students, parents, staff, and governors at The Costello School in Basingstoke are celebrating after receiving their GCSE results today.

The school continues to go from strength to strength with results that again surpass the good performances seen in previous years, with 65% of students getting the Grade 4 benchmark, or better, in English and in maths.

Despite the increased rigour of the new GCSEs the school has seen results in the core subjects of English, maths and science once again surpass national averages, with English achieving 78%, maths 77% (6% up on 2017), and science 75% (9% up on 2017) at grade 4 or above.

Many other subjects exceeded a pass rate of over 90% – Hair and Beauty (92) RE (95) Dance, Drama, PE, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics (all 100%).

The school is immensely proud of all students in the year group and the personal successes they have had, and while a set of results will never define any individual, some notable mentions include:

Eleanor Smith with six grade 9s

Louise Bickley with six grade 9s

Aimee Quigg with five grade 9s and four grade 8s

Tara Flavin with four grade 9s and three grade 8s

Jess Lake with four grade 9s and two grade 8s

Prerana Gurung with three grade 9s and five grade 8s

Jake Lomax with three grade 9s and four grade 8s

 

Randall Jull, Head of School, said:

“we are once again humbled by the achievements of our wonderful students, how diligently they have applied themselves, and how well rewarded they have been for their efforts. I am grateful to my fantastic staff who relentlessly go the extra mile every day to ensure that every one of our young people has the opportunity to live their very best life when they move on from us, and for the support and commitment we get from the parents who trust us with their children.

Alongside our first class pastoral provision and excellent enrichment opportunities, these outcomes show why The Costello School is the school of choice, and goes from strength to strength.”

 

Hilary Todd, Chair of Governors, said:

The Governors would like to recognise all the hard work of our students and staff this year and congratulate them on their achievements. The results reflect the commitment of everyone concerned and we would like to wish all the students good luck in the next stage of their journey and hope they will remember their time in school with affection.”

 

 

Over £1300 Raised at CostelloFest! (18/7/18)

Thank you for supporting CostelloFest.  We raised over £1300!

Thank you to all house captains, staff members, stall holders, performers, friends and family – without you it wouldn’t have been such a success!  Look out for our article in the Basingstoke Gazette.  All money raised will go towards the House-School Improvement ideas.

 

 

Winner of Secondary School Teacher Award (16/7/18)

Congratulations to Costello’s Dr Kelly Underdown, Lead Practioner and Science Teacher, for being nominated and winning the Basingstoke Gazette Education Award for best secondary teacher!

Dr Underdown was nominated by a parent, she said “I feel very humbled”

 

Young Enterprise Journey Award at the National Finals in London (12/7/18)

On Friday 6 July, I was lucky enough to attend the Young Enterprise UK Company of the Year Awards (national finals) as a finalist for the Journey Award, after winning for the South East.

The Journey Award required me to make a short video about the challenges I faced during my YE journey and how I overcame them, supported by a nomination from my teacher and business advisor.  On the day, the journey award finalists got to have a tour of the Disney Offices in Hammersmith and a workshop on public speaking before the awards ceremony, which was held in the County Hall on Southbank, London.

During the ceremony, which was hosted by BBC business reporter Steph McGovern, and award winning young entrepreneur, Ben Towers, I had to give a short interview on stage before the winner was announced.  I am delighted to say that I ended the day by receiving runner-up, along with a heavy glass trophy and a framed certificate.  Rajashwi Bhandari