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Headteacher Talk: What Does Success Mean To You?

March is just beginning and the year is ticking on towards exam season for many pupils at Spark. It’s time to hear what our Headteacher Gemma has to say about success and it’s role in your life!

ever doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams. – Hillary Clinton


What does success look like to you? For me, it is a measure of achievement. If I set myself a goal, no matter how big or small, and I’ve reached it, then I say that I have been successful.

There is still plenty of time left of this academic year to end it with success. Although we only publicly recognise the successes and hard work of one student a month, it is clear that so many of our students are working hard to make sure they have achieved their goals at the end of the school year.

I never dreamed about success. I worked for it. – Estee Lauder

One of my favourite  scientists, Charles Darwin is quoted as saying

‘It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.’

For me, I think this is a powerful thought. Okay, so he was talking about species becoming adaptive to their environments in order to survive. However, it can be applied to anything in life. For example, if you don’t get a great score in a test or a mock exam, what are you going to change about your preparations to ensure you do better next time?

This is emphasised by a quote from Winston Churchill,

Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.

So if you get knocked down, or you experience a set back, you will only see success if you pick yourself up and try again. Learn from your mistakes, don’t dwell on them!

So, what are you going to do to make a success of your goals? I leave you with this final quote,

A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. – Colin Powell