Secrets to Success

At Christchurch CofE Primary School it is our belief that by planning for both academic and personal development, all children are able to learn effectively so that they are equipped to grasp all the opportunities available to them in a rapidly changing world.

We are using the work of renowned educator Chris Quigley, who has identified key principles for children to follow and called them the ‘Secrets of Success’

These secrets will underpin our school expectations (rules) and our curriculum and the core skills that are taught to your child every day.  Each half term we focus on a new secret which is linked to a Christian Value in line with our Christian ethos. 

These are: 

At Ellesmere Port Christchurch we try new things

If children are willing to try new things, they may just find something they are good at. Even better than this, they may find something that they love doing. Most successful people love what they do.

At Ellesmere Port Christchurch we work hard

Although it may seem attractive to design a curriculum that is fun for children, it is also important to plan activities that will make children work hard. No real success comes without hard work.

At Ellesmere Port Christchurch we push ourselves

Successful people need to push themselves. A great curriculum needs to push children and teach them about the need to push themselves. Of course, it is much easier to push yourself if you see the point to what you are doing. That is why the curriculum needs to be engaging and relevant for children.

At Ellesmere Port Christchurch we imagine

Successful people have ideas. They use their imagination and are prepared to be wrong. The curriculum needs lots of opportunities for children to use their imagination.

At Ellesmere Port Christchurch we understand others

No one has experienced success by thinking about themselves. Successful people understand others. The curriculum needs to help children to realise that collaboration is what the real world is about.

At Ellesmere Port Christchurch we don’t give up

The curriculum needs a certain degree of danger and risk if children are to experience the real world. They need opportunities to fail in a safe environment and learn to have another go.

At Ellesmere Port Christchurch we show respect to God’s world and creations.


This year we have set up our own 'Secrets to Success' award based on these secrets.  Children will complete different tasks throughout the year and will take part in our awards evening at TEPCEC on Wednesday 24th June at 5:30pm.  Their tasks include:

  • Trying 5 new things off our chart e.g. making bread, collecting shells
  • Understanding Others by helping someone for 5 weeks e.g doing the washing up
  • Don't give up by reading 10 books
  • Creating a project in any form or media about our local community for imagine
  • Delivering a 1 minute speech about something we are passionate about for pushing ourselves
  • Working hard by attending a club for 5 weeks


We look forward to celebrating all the children's hard work!

We learn, we play, we care, we pray, in Jesus' name

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