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     It has been another busy term in the Library. 

Archway School was selected to take part in the Carnegie Winner of Winners competition, organised by the Cheltenham Literary Festival, to mark the 80th anniversary of the Carnegie Medal, the most prestigious children’s book award in the UK. Students in Years 7 to 9 have been reading and discussing previous Carnegie medal books. Teams of students worked hard producing presentations to promote their selected book to other students. We held a school vote on 8th June, and our three top titles were as follows:


We hope now to be able to champion one of these books at a debate, led by students, to be held at the Literary Festival in October. Many thanks to Miss Hurst and Miss Monk from the English department for leading this project, with the support of the Library.

     In late May the Librarian and Mrs Jowett took a small group of Student Library helpers, together with the two poetry competition winners, to the secondary school day at the Hay Festival. We had a wonderful day, listening to authors including fantasy writer Melinda Salisbury, and author Kim Slater talking about her new book 928 Miles from Home, and soaking up the inspiring atmosphere of the festival during its thirtieth year – see below.

In June we welcomed well-known children’s author and poet John Dougherty to Archway.

     He entertained the whole of Year 7, reading from his latest collection of books, the Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face series, and telling anecdotes and reading his poems. He also played his guitar and sang to us!

     Thanks to John for such an enjoyable and inspiring visit, and thanks too to Becky Buckle (Year 12) for taking some great photographs of the occasion.


Many thanks to all our student Library Helpers, especially our Desk Helpers, for all their hard work in the Library this year!