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Our School Dog

Welcome to our School Dog Section

Last year we successfully introduced Poppy, our Wellbeing dog to the school. Poppy is owned by Mrs Malcolm and her family and is also beginning her journey to become a school wellbeing dog.


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.


Last academic year, Poppy spent a day a week in class with the Wrens children and became familiar with the hustle and bustle of a classroom environment. This year Poppy will continue to spend time in Woodpeckers class and will extend her time spent in school as she continues to feel settled and safe in the school environment.


What are the benefits of a school dog?

There are numerous benefits to pupils and adults alike including:

  • A calming effect on pupils;
  • Improved behaviour and concentration, reduced stress and improved self-esteem;
  • Encouraging expression, participation and confidence for all children;
  • Fostering a sense of responsibility;
  • Motivating pupils to think and to learn, as most children have a high level of natural interest in,  enthusiasm for and enjoyment of animals;
  • Encouraging respect and thereby improving pupils’ relationships with each other, parents and teachers;
  • Teaching children to nurture and respect life;
  • Helping work undertaken with the most vulnerable children;
  • Helping children build confidence in reading;
  • Improving attendance;
  • Further promote our ‘Well Being’ agenda for pupils.


All contact will be carefully planned and children will not be left unsupervised with Poppy. When not working, Poppy will be given a safe space in school to ensure her wellbeing.


‘Poppy’s Rules’ have been developed alongside the Wrens children and will be taught and revisited with the Woodpeckers children prior to each visit. These are also available on our website.


What about allergies?

  • Poppy is a cocker spaniel, a short-haired breed that has low allergy qualities
  • All areas of the school are vacuumed and surfaces are wiped down daily
  • Movement around the school will be controlled
  • Any pupil working with the dog will be reminded to wash their hands
  • Poppy will be kept away from any pupil with an allergy to pet hair


We were so pleased to welcome Poppy to our Staff Team last year 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.