Bohunt Education Trust to Provide Support to Secondary School


Bohunt Education Trust (BET) is to provide support to a secondary school in Hampshire.

The high-performing trust will provide short-term resources, advice and support to The Costello School, in Basingstoke, which is rated Good by Ofsted.

This includes the appointment of Philip Avery as acting headteacher. Mr Avery is the Director of Education at BET, which comprises five secondary schools in the south of England – in Worthing, Liphook (named School of the Year in 2014 by the Times Education Supplement), Portsmouth, Petersfield and Wokingham – and opened a new Sixth Form last year in Liphook.  Mr Avery replaces Leigh Adams, who stepped down as Costello’s head at Christmas.

Phil Avery said:

“All of us at Bohunt are looking forward to working with The Costello School and its pupils in this interim period. Our schools are characterised by high standards and a real focus on achieving across all areas of school life, and Costello is therefore an excellent fit for both parties.”

Hilary Todd, Chair of Governors at The Costello School, said:

“We are delighted that Bohunt will be providing strategic and managerial support to our senior leadership team in the short term. Like Costello, they are passionately committed to inspiring children and young people and have a track record of success. I have every confidence in their ability to deliver a high quality of education.”

Notes to editors

  • Bohunt Education Trust is a high performing MAT, which has taken greater autonomy to grow from one very successful academy to now five – running schools in Liphook, Portsmouth, Worthing, Petersfield and Wokingham – and a sixth form in Liphook. It is opening a free school in Horsham in 2019.
  • Central to its ethos is a commitment to using innovation that works, giving all students every opportunity to succeed in life, regardless of their background. The pioneering teaching methods introduced include the immersion programme, where students of mixed ability learn a third of the curriculum in a foreign language, including Mandarin. This helps students to best prepare themselves to compete in the global jobs market. Another core focus of the Trust is the crucial importance of STEM which plays a central role in our curriculum.
  • BET also champions outdoor education and learning, with students widely participating in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, bushcraft camps and on expeditions to Mongolia, Greenland and the Himalayas.