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9 SECRETS OF SUCCESS

The 9 Secrets of Success are an idea developed by Chris Quigley and which the school has embraced and adapted to promote personal development and positive attitudes to learning. We are committed to developing the ability of children to be able to learn effectively so that they are equipped to grasp all the opportunities available to them in a rapidly changing yet increasingly competitive world.

We have grouped the secrets under three headings which help to drive our curriculum and which are closely linked to our school aims.

 

Create and Explore Being Good Learners Ourselves and Others

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Try new things:
Children need to be given opportunities to try new things in order to find out what they like and are good at, as these things will be most engaging and motivating for the child.  We need to ensure that children are strongly encouraged to try new thinks and take risks in order to build upon their repertoire of things they know they can do well and enjoy.
Work hard:
Children need to know that in order to succeed in life they need to work to the very best of their ability.   They need to develop a positive attitude towards work and being challenged, and understand that success is not always easy and that working hard leads to success.
Understand others:
Children need to be able to communicate and co-operate with others.  They need to be taught to listen to others and to think about how their actions impact on their own and others feelings.  Children need to be able to work and communicate with different groups of people sharing their ideas and finding a compromise.

 

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Improve:
Children need the chance to try things out and get better.  They need lots of opportunities to reinforce their knowledge and improve their skills across the curriculum.  Children need to take responsibility for their own learning and challenge themselves to get better. (New Year resolutions).

Don't give up:
Children need to develop a strong sense of self worth and self belief.  They need to understand that they will come across barriers and challenges which will test them.  Children need to understand this ia learning curve and work on ways to overcome the barriers in order to improve themselves and be a success. (New Year resolutions).

Communicate well:
In order to be successful, children need to have good communication skills.  They need to have the appropriate vocabulary and the confidence to be able to express themselves successfully.  Children also need to understand the need to adapt their speech and behaviour to suit different situations in order to make a good impression on others.

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Imagine and create:
Children need new ideas to help them progress and achieve.  In an ever changing world they need the opportunities to investigate and explore, and develop the confidence to communicate their ideas.  Children need to be aspirational and have the drive to visualise manageable steps to success in order to reach their aims.

Concentrate:
To be able to learn children need to focus their attention on the right things and block out any distractions either from their surroundings or their peers.  If children are clear on what they are learning and why it will enable them to concentrate on the right things and do them well.

Physical development, health and wellbeing:
To be independent children need to develop good self care skills in order to manage their own personal needs.  They also need to appreciate the need for a healthy, active lifestyle to enhance their wellbeing.  Being physically able will enable children to have the control and co-ordination to access and demonstrate other aspects of learning.

 

Our children have lots of positive roles models.  In 2013 Mrs MacLeod, Miss F. Haigh, Mrs Plunkett and Mrs Haywood all took part in either the London or Brighton Marathon showing commitment and determination to train in very cold winter conditions and raise thousands of pounds for charity. 

September 2014 Miss Rawlinson and Mrs Haywood both took part in the Thames Pathway 100k walk.  Miss Rawlinson disregarded medical advice to give up after 75k, so determined was she to complete the challenge. Mrs Haywood not only completed the challenge but intervened when a fellow competitor suffered a potentially life threatening anaphylatic shock!!