Costello School creates ‘spellbinding’ Hogwarts induction day for Yr 6 students


Costello School in Basingstoke, part of Bohunt Education Trust, has delighted new starters for September 2019 by transforming its site into ‘Hogwarts’ School for Year 6 induction day.


The day began with the chance for students to visit the Great Hall of Hogwarts whilst they donned invisibility cloaks for the day! After a quick sip of ‘memory potion’, something every young wizard needs for the day ahead, the students gathered around the ‘High Table’ to meet their new Headmaster, Professor Dumbledore, otherwise known as Mr Randall Jull. Not only could students mix potions and master the art of spell casting and wizardry, they had the chance to play ‘Quidditch’, eat in the Grand Hall Dining Room, take part in an essential wizard hat sorting ceremony and get to know their fellow Hermoines, Harrys or Rons!

Head of Year 7, Tracy Joy, masterminded the idea to alleviate any nerves that the new intake of students might have. Starting at any new school can be daunting but not only was this day a fun introduction to secondary school for the students, it fully demonstrated one of BET’s ethos words, ‘enjoy’, plus was a bonus for any book-loving student!

The initiative was broadcast on BBC Radio Berkshire and BBC South Today later that day, with live coverage at lunchtime and an extended story in the evening with local coverage in the Gazette newspaper.


Reflecting on the day, Headmaster Randall Jull said, ”I am very proud of all staff at Costello. What a wonderful start to life at the School for our new Year 7 students.  School should be a place where ideas and imagination can flourish and I believe by creating a friendly, nurturing environment from the very start, students develop lasting, strong bonds with their peers and teachers. We look forward to welcoming this cohort back to experience the true Costello magic in September.”