Costello School Bolsters Leadership With Appointment Of New Head Of School


Randall Jull

The Costello School in Basingstoke has announced the appointment of a new full-time Head of School, enhancing the school’s leadership capacity as it continues to progress under the direction of Bohunt Education Trust (BET).

Randall Jull, who will take up the position as Head of School on Monday 18 June, is an experienced education leader and currently Associate Headteacher for the Bohunt Education Trust, overseeing their mathematics provision. He has also been Deputy Headteacher of two secondary schools and an Advanced Skills Teacher during his 13 year career.

Last year Mr Jull was recognised nationally for his work in raising maths standards for young people when he was shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Maths Teacher of the Year’ award by the Times Education Supplement (TES). In his capacity as Trust Director of Maths, Mr Jull achieved significant results, with a 30 percentage point improvement in maths across BET’s schools in Liphook, Portsmouth and Petersfield.

In what proved to be a busy year, Mr Jull also successfully undertook his National Professional Qualification for Headship, receiving glowing commendations from the final assessment panel.

As Head of School at Costello, Mr Jull will be working closely with Philip Avery, Director of Education at BET, who will continue to play a role at the school, and in his capacity as lead for school improvement at the Trust. Working alongside the senior leadership team, Board of Governors and the Trust, Mr Jull will be working hard to build on the improvements made by interim co-headteachers Mr Avery and Gary Green, who were praised by Ofsted for their leadership.

The appointment of Mr Jull follows the school’s announcement in March that it had begun formal negotiations to join BET, which already sponsors three high-performing schools in Hampshire. The Trust had been providing support and advice to the school since January, and has since set out its strategy to drive up standards, which has included bolstering the leadership capacity to sustain the strong improvements which have already been achieved.

Randall Jull, Head of School at the Costello School, said: 

“It is a real honour to be joining the brilliant team at The Costello School. I have high expectations for the school, and I am looking forward to working closely with staff, students, parents and carers and the whole school community, to ensure that The Costello School continues to strive towards high standards and continued improvement – providing the best possible education for every student.”

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

“We are delighted that Randall Jull will be joining The Costello School as Head of School. We are confident that Mr Jull is the right appointment for the role and will continue to drive improvement at The Costello School, as we enter this new and exciting chapter. Mr Jull shares our values and vision for the school, and is committed to seeing all students achieve their full potential.”

Phil Avery, Director of Education at Bohunt Education Trust, commented:

“It is excellent news that Randall Jull has been appointed as Head of School, at such a pivotal time for The Costello School. Randall brings with him a wealth of experience and at BET, and we have seen first-hand his vision, passion and commitment to ensuring that all students have the opportunity and confidence to succeed. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Randall as he joins The Costello School, and we are delighted that he will be supporting even more students to achieve highly.”