Secrets of Success

At our school we strive to be successful in many ways. We want to be happy, make good choices and feel good about ourselves. We also want to be good learners! To help us achieve these things we always keep in mind the ‘Secrets of Success.’ (Devised by Chris Quigly.)

These are:

  • Try new things – If you never try, you’ll never know.
  • Work hard – It’s not luck or looks that make you successful, it’s all about the effort.
  • Concentrate – Learn to focus, tune out distractions and be mindful.
  • Push yourself – Fight your fears and learn to push past doubts.
  • Imagine – Have ideas and don’t be scared of being wrong.
  • Improve – Keep advancing, bit by bit. Success never comes in one giant step.
  • Understand others – Learn to listen, listen to learn about others.
  • Don’t give up – Sir Winston Churchill said ‘Success isn’t final, failure isn’t fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.’


We have added two ‘secrets’ of our own

Have fun! – You will learn and achieve more if you’re enjoying yourself!

Work together – two heads are almost always better than one.


Being aware of these ideas helps the children to be more conscious of their learning and think about how they can be successful, both in school and at home. Each classroom has a display showing the ‘Secrets of Success’ and they are frequently referred to throughout the school day.

There is also a display in the school hall which is used by staff during assemblies.