At Winterslow, we are very pleased to introduce Poppy, our Wellbeing dog. Poppy is owned by Mrs Malcolm and her family and is also part of our Staff team at Winterslow.
Poppy visits school a few days a week and is based in Woodpeckers class.She has been coming into school since she was a puppy and is very familiar and comfortable with the hustle and bustle of a classroom environment.
What are the benefits of a school dog?
There are numerous benefits to pupils and adults alike including:
All contact is carefully planned and children are not left unsupervised with Poppy. When not working, Poppy is given a safe space in school to ensure her wellbeing.
‘Poppy’s Rules’ have been developed alongside the children in school are reminded to follow the rules each time they see Poppy in and around school. Poppy's rules are displayed outside the classroom and are also available on the website.
Poppy is a loving and gentle family pet. She receives regular vet checks for temperament and has ongoing training sessions with a certified local trainer.
What about allergies?
We were so pleased to welcome Poppy to our Staff Team and we have had many positive comments from children, parents and Staff! If any parent does not wish their child to interact with the dog, please to write to the school office to inform us of your wishes.