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Legal Notices.

We welcome your visit to our website and we wish you to be clear about what it implies both for us and for you.

The Legal Notices bring together all our policies, terms and conditions of use, and other information about using our site.

We want you to feel confident and safe in using our site. Of necessity, some of these notices contain official language which is expressed in a legal manner.

Both this Circus Stars website and the Summer Reading Challenge (an annual UK-wide reading challenge for children happening in public libraries) are projects run by Read – The Reading Agency.

Read - The Reading Agency Ltd.

Registered charity number (England and Wales) : 1085443
Company number: 3904882
Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road


The Circus Stars website is maintained for your personal use and viewing. Access and use by you of this site constitutes acceptance by you of these Terms and Conditions which take effect from the date of first use.

Although care has been taken in preparing the information contained on this site, we do not guarantee its accuracy, and the Reading Agency is not responsible for any errors or omissions or for any loss or damage suffered by users of any of the information published on these pages.

All information on this site is provided 'as is', with no guarantee of completeness, accuracy or timeliness or of the results obtained from the use of this information, and without warranty of any kind whether express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy.

We do not warrant that the functions contained in the material contained in this site will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that this site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or represent the full functionality, accuracy, reliability of the materials. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damages whatsoever arising from use or loss of use of, data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of the Circus Stars website.

These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. Any dispute arising under these Terms and Conditions shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

Site Copyright

Unless otherwise noted on specific pages and Credits section, all text and images on this website are copyrighted to
Read - The Reading Agency Ltd.
Registered charity number (England and Wales): 1085443
Company number: 3904882
Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road
All rights reserved.

Except as permitted under the principles of "fair use" under UK copyright law, no part of this site may be reproduced in any form, stored in a database or retrieval system, or transmitted or distributed in any form by any means, electronic, mechanical photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of Read - The Reading Agency Ltd. For permissions please contact:

Using the Circus Stars logo when linking to the Circus Stars website

Copying the Circus Stars logo for use on another website is permitted without asking specific permission provided that you link to the home page of the Circus Stars website You must include an Alt Tag with the image which says "Circus Stars, the Summer Reading Challenge in Libraries"

If you wish to link to pages deeper in the site than the home page, please contact us for clearance first on:

Using the Circus Stars logo in documents or publications

Copying the Circus Stars logo for purposes of appearing on a print publication is a separate matter and should be cleared first. Please contact us for to arrange permission first on:

Linking to our site

You do not need to ask permission to link directly to the home page of our site at However, if you wish to link to pages deeper in our site than the home page, we would like you to contact us first, please contact us on:

Information about sites we link to from our site can be found in our Links Policy.

Links policy
Linking to our site

You do not need to ask permission to link directly to the home page of our site at However, if you wish to link to pages deeper in our site than the home page, we would like you to contact us first, please contact us on:

You do not need to ask permission to use our logo image if it is used to link to our home page.

Links from our site

We link to other sites from our own site. Although we look at all sites carefully to assess the quality and reliability of content, we are not responsible for them. Listing should not be taken as endorsement of any kind. Although we try to keep these up to date we cannot guarantee that these links will work all the time, and we have no control over the availability of linked pages.

Privacy Policy

What information do we collect?

If you visit the Circus Stars website, we automatically gather and store the following information about your visit in so that we can track the use of our website in order to make improvements:

  • the IP address from which you access our website
  • the name of the domain from which you access the Internet (e.g., if you are connecting from an America Online account)
  • the type of browser and operating system used to access our website
  • the date and time of your visit to the site
  • the pages, files, documents and links that you visit
  • the internet address of the website from which you linked to our site (i.e. the previous site you visited before you came to us
What happens to the information collected?

The Circus Stars Summer Reading Challenge will not make any attempt to identify individual users or their particular browsing activities. The information above is stored and used in the aggregate only, in order to provide us with information about the general use of our site. We analyse our log files in order to make improvements to the site: for example if we find that some pages are rarely or never visited, we may decide to remove or rewrite them.

What are cookies?

Cookies can be either persistent or session based. Persistent cookies are small pieces of information sent to your browser by a website that you visit. They are stored on your computer, contain an expiry date, and may be used to track your browsing behaviour upon return to the issuing web site. When you register on a website, cookies allow the website to remember your information so you will not have to re-enter it the next time you visit. You can set your browser to refuse cookies from any website you visit. If you choose to do that you can usually still gain access to most, if not all of the site, but you may not be able to conduct certain types of transactions (such as shopping) or take advantage of some of the interactive elements offered. Session cookies are short-lived, are used only during a browsing session, and expire when you quit your browser. Upon closing your browser the session cookie set by the web site is destroyed and no personal information is maintained which might identify you should you visit the web site at a later date.

Does the Circus Stars website use cookies?

The Circus Stars website uses session cookies to record progress throughout the visit to the website, e.g. keeping games scores.

Email addresses and personal information

There is an optional log in for the Circus Stars website which allows visitors to keep track of their progress in the games. As part of the registration process, we ask children to submit first name, age, home town, and email address. On registration the website automatically assigns children a 'Circus Stars name'. The email address will only be used to confirm the registration and to send a password reminder email on request. If children log in to the site, and choose to send in messages to the Blogs or the Message Board, their 'Circus Stars name', age and home town details are displayed. None of the information collected on registration will be used by us apart from in aggregate, to provide us with information about the general use of our site. We will not pass any details on to any third parties.