• Welcome to Calthorpe Park School Library!

    The Library is run by Mrs Ward, assisted by Mrs Pugh, and a team of 10 Student Librarians.  It is open from 8.30 am until 3.30 pm including break and lunch time, for students of all year groups to browse, read, revise and do homework - and even play quiet games!

    In addition to fiction and information books, there is a newspaper, plus a range of magazines and DVDs for you to enjoy.

    Students are welcome to join our Book Group or participate in the varied activities that take place in here. Check out some of the other Library pages to find out more. 

    We look forward to seeing you in here soon!

    • How to Borrow Resources

      Students may borrow 2 books for two weeks and 1 DVD overnight (or for the weekend, of course!).

      All resources must be taken to the desk and students need to give their name to Mrs Ward or the Student Librarian on duty.  The book or DVD will be issued to them and stamped with the return date.

      There are no fines for late return, but reminder notices will be sent via your tutor group. You will not be able to borrow any more resources while you have an overdue book or DVD.  If the resource is not returned after 3 reminders, parents will be contacted and you will be asked to pay for a replacement.

      • Student Librarians

        A team of 10 Student Librarians help the Library to run smoothly every day.  They ensure that books are put back in the right place so other students can find them and run the issue desk at lunch break.  They also help with getting resources ready for the Library shelves and support school library events.

        When vacancies arise, they will be advertised around school and on the Moodle/  Students who would like to become a Student Librarian need to complete an application form and may be invited for an interview before they are accepted on to the team.

        The current team of Student Librarians is made up of the following students from Years 7- 9:

        Freya A, Zaara A, Austen B, Aaliyah E, Izzy F, Sean F, Izzy N, Sabrina M, Amelia M, Emily T.

        • Hampshire Book Award

          The Hampshire Book Award is an annual activity for Year 8 students.  Students are asked to read a shortlist of 6 books and assess them against the 3 Es ( Enjoyment, Engagement and Enrichment) before voting for the winner.  In Year 9, the same students read a longlist of books and vote to help create the shortlist for the new Year 8s to read!

          Hampshire Book Award Website

          And the Winner is:

          Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray

          The Shortlist for 2018 was:

          Fir - Sharon Gosling

          The Island at the End of Everything - Kiran Millwood Hargrave

          Between the Lies - Cathy McPhail

          A Dangerous Crossing - Jane Mitchell

          Instructions for a Second Hand Heart - Tamsyn Murray

          A Seven Letter Word - Kim Slater


          • Carnegie Award

            Known as 'the Booker of the playground', the Carnegie medal recognises outstanding writing for children and young people.  Every year, a group of interested students read the books and meet to discuss their views and opinions.  We don't get to choose the winner but it's fun to read some challenging and thought-provoking books!

            Carnegie Award Website

            And the Winner is:

            Where the World Ends - Geraldine McCaughrean

            The 2018 shortlist was:

            Wed Wabbit - Lissa Evans

            After the Fire - Will Hill

            Where the World Ends - Geraldine McCaughrean

            Rook - Anthony McGowan

            Release - Patrick Ness

            Saint Death - Marcus Sedgwick

            The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

            Beyond the Bright Sea - Lauren Wolk


            • Book Group

              Book Group meets after school on alternate Tuesdays between 3 - 4 o'clock.  We discuss the books we've been reading  and have fun doing a variety of book-related activities.  Enthusiastic readers from all year groups are welcome to join us!

              Meeting dates for this school year:

              27th March

              24th April

              8th May

              22nd May

              5th June

              19th June

              3rd July

              17th July

              • Library Events


                Students from CPS pitted their wits against 6 other local schools in the regional heat of the SLS Lit Quiz on the evening of  Monday 5th March.  After battling with 8 rounds of tricky, book-related questions, the team emerged from the fray, happy and victorious!  They will now go through to the county final which takes place in Winchester at 7pm on Wednesday 28th March.  Congratulations to the whole team for their effort and hard work. Watch this space to see how they fare!

                SLS Lit Quiz

                • Writing Competitions

                  Wannabe authors should check out these writing competitions to see if they can get their work in print.

                  Henrietta Branford Writing Competition: Closing Date Saturday 21st April

                  The 2018 Betjeman Poetry Prize is now open. Young poets between the ages of 10 and 13 are  invited to enter and by writing a poem on the theme of ‘place’. You can write in any style, and to any length. Your poem does not need to rhyme. The winner receives £1000 (£500 to the winner and £500 to the English department of his or her school) and two runners up receive £50 each. The top three poets each receive four Eurostar tickets to Paris, Brussels or Lille and all six finalists are invited on a Betjeman Poetry Camp. Every teacher who enters their class joins a prize draw to win a poet visit.


                  2018 will mark 100 years since the armistice was signed. The Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, and Winner of Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, Imtiaz Dharker, are supporting the University of Lincoln in launching a poetry competition for schools in 2017/18 to commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day.


                  • Links to Resources

                    Calthorpe Park School - E-book website

                       The Day - Current Affairs for Schools 

                    Book Trust Book Finder - search by age and genre


                    Penguin - Young Adult Fiction

                    Red Eye - Bone Chilling Ghost Stories, Tense Psychological Thrillers and Bloody Murder Mysteries

                    Kelpies Edge - Original Scottish Fiction for Young People Aged 12+

                    Cool Reads - Books for 10-15 Year Olds

                    Undercover Read - Teen and Young Adult Fiction from Walker Books

                    Book Award Winners

                    Waterstones Book Award Winners

                    Summer Reading Challenge - Volunteers Wanted!

                    Local Libraries are looking for volunteers aged 14 and above to help children with the Summer Reading Challenge this year. 

                    Why volunteer? Gain new skills and enhance your CV. Meet new people. Make a difference to other people's lives. Its flexible with times and locations to suit you.

                    Interested? To find out more visit the Library Information Desk at your local library and see the video below for further information.

                    • Book of the Week!

                      Please see below the books that have been Book of the Week so far this year:

                      Dark Room by Tom Becker

                      A Storm of Strawberries by Jo Cotterill

                      Texts, Tweets, Trolls and Teens By Anita Naik

                      Monster by Michael Grant

                      Piglettes by Clementine Beauvais

                      Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean

                      The Book of Dust; La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

                      Be a Young Entrepreneur by Adam Sutherland

                      Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth

                      Unexplained Phenomena: A Rough Guide Special by Bob Rickard and John Mitchell

                      The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart

                      Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesco Cavallo

                      The Erth Dragons by Chris D'Lacy

                      Science But Not As We Know It by Ben Gilliland

                      Sea - The Huntress by Sarah Driver

                      Psychology - 50 Ideas You Really Need To Know by Adrian Furnham

                      The Fat Loss Plan: 100 Quick and Easy Recipes with Workouts by Joe Wicks

                      The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

                      How to Code in 10 Easy Lessons by Sean McManus

                      Encounters by Jason Wallace

                      If you want to find out more about these, and lots of other books, please visit the Library and we will be delighted to help!

                      • Word of the Week Winners!

                        Congratulations to the previous winners of Word of the Week!

                        18/06/18 Winner: Catriona M, D08: “ As Donald Trump entered the convention there was a huge gasp from the crowd.  Donald Trump, president of the USA, had come to a press convention dressed as Spiderman!  Five minutes later, Vladimir Putin came out, dressed as Wonder Woman… The crowd were left in complete shock when another 5 minutes later, the Queen of England arrived, dressed as SuperGirl!”

                        11/06/18 Winner: Gemma C, M04: Nutrition is very important, so Harry and Beth always abided by the rule of eating 5 fruit and vegetables a day.”

                        04/06/18 Winner: Freya A, S07: “Bella Swan is the most insipid character I’ve ever had the displeasure of reading about.” 

                        21/05/18 Winner: Sky Autey, M09: “ As we came closer to the cemetery, the crows called and the ground felt like it was swallowing us up.  We heard a scream and ran for our lives, but the ground was a quagmire and there was no escape.”  

                        14/05/18 Winner: Ella T, K02: “ The Italian chef shut down his restaurant for a gratuitous reason, but many suspect it’s because his cat pasta-way!” 

                        07/05/18 Winners: Max L and Abbie R, D08: ”The local protestors were very vociferous as they chanted in the streets of London.  Their voices echoed down the busy streets and drowned out the sounds of the police sirens racing towards them.”

                        30/04/18 Winner: Gaelen Parry, K01: “ The plane hit turbulence right before they were about to land.  ‘That timing was impeccable, ‘ James muttered sarcastically.  ‘Now we’re going to die!’”

                        23/04/18 Winner: Skye S, Henry F, K01: “A cacophony of thunderous crashes echoed throughout the city as the fiery buildings collapsed.”

                        16/04/18 Winner: Gaelen Perry, K01: “The Syrian chemical weapons facility, with its buildings once standing perpendicular to the ground, was now reduced to rubble.”

                        19/03/18: Winner: Ella Godfrey, K02: “When we couldn’t find a ball at lunch time, we had to improvise and throw Poppy’s shoe around instead!” 

                        12/03/18 Winner:  Aaron Matthews, K02: “ Mr Lugg became very feisty when he realised his wife had thrown all his Dr. Who box sets out!”  

                        26/02/18 Winner: Lottie Hopkins, K01: “I followed the noise down the long, winding hall; my intuition told me it was safe, my head wasn’t so sure.”

                        19/02/18 Winner: Lottie Hopkins, K01: “Charlie had the competence, no one doubted that, but still he would shy away from competition as if it were deadly.” 

                        02/02/18 Winners: Stefanie Heine and Katie Garratt, D10: “ The boy stepped back and admired the Christmas tree he had just finished embellishing.  He turned to look at the calendar and realised it was the beginning of February!” 

                         22/01/18 Winner: Maisie Vincent, K01: “Staggering through the ruins of London, my enemy was chasing me but I couldn’t go any further.  I was wounded and tired.  Suddenly, I spotted him.  I carefully raised my gun and fired.  He fell to the floor; my enemy was vanquished.” 

                        15/01/18 Winner: Dexter Wilkes-Green, K04: “ The beast had a cylindrical body, razor claws, a spiky back and the head of a deadly dragon.” 

                        08/01/18 Winner: Sean Tilson, S10: “ A sleeping baby has an ethereal, angelic appearance you don’t often find in your average, wide-awake teenager!” 

                        11/12/17 Winner: Sean Tilson, S10: “After 14 years’ confinement, he was released on bail and lived in Fleet, where his benevolence was publicised by all manner of works of charity.  This was an utter transformation!” 

                        04/12/17 Winner: Cameron Law, K02: "The entrepreneurs on the Apprentice were startled to hear that Lord Sugar had fired 3 people from the boardroom."

                        27/11/17 Joint Winners:  Aloka Dias, D08: “ Kilby felt a wave of intimidation and humiliation after Abbie Russell won WotW, which ended their winning streak and started Da Vinci’s dominance.” Grace Illingworth,K02: All of the other houses still felt intimidated after Kilby had won Word of the Week 2 weeks ago.”

                        20/11/17 Winner:  Abbie Russell, D08: “ Companies are still prejudiced against one particular gender.  Investigations show that women in top jobs are still paid significantly less than top male workers.”  

                        14/11/17 Winners: Charlotte Horton, Yasmin Bascal and Tilly Lawson, K01: ” Paul Hollywood was left in a vulnerable position when a baker started attacking him with a spoon.”

                        06/11/17 Winner: Marius Sandulescu, K09: “ The cauldron, placed on the fire that was roaring in hunger, had clumps of nebulous smoke cascading over and down the edges, covering the floor like a smoke machine.” 

                        30/10/17 Winner: Seb Webber, K08: “At midnight, the terrified man walked towards the eerie sound, trembling with trepidation, as he didn’t know who, or what, was behind the locked door.”