Meet our wellbeing dogs: Valentine and Coco
We have decided, along with other schools in our Trust, to have school dogs, Valley and Coco. As part of the on-going provision for wellbeing and mental health, our lovely dogs will visit our school on a regular basis each week as part of on-going provision for wellbeing and mental health.  Coco lives with Mrs Neale, our headteacher and Valentine lives with Mrs Jones.    
What are the benefits of a school dog?
  • Improved pupil behaviour and concentration
  • Reduces stress and improved self-esteem
  • A calming effect on pupils
  • Encourages expression, participation and confidence in all children
  • Fostering a sense of responsibility
  • Motivating pupils to think and to learn
  • 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 overcome a fear of dogs
  • Increasing staff morale and wellbeing
  • Developing the understanding of unconditional love
  • Supporting with the development of cooperative play
  • Supporting children to develop empathy
  • Further promote our wellbeing agenda for pupils
  • Enthusiasm for and enjoyment of animals
  • Helping children build confidence in reading
  • Improving attendance

 How has the school planned for this?

  • All contact will be carefully planned and children will not be left unsupervised with the dogs
  • A full risk assessment has been written and can be found on our school website
  • Both dogs were observed with their parents before purchasing
  • Both dogs have a very calm temperament with children

 What about allergies?

  • All areas of the school are vacuumed and surfaces are wiped down daily
  • Movement around the school will be controlled
  • Any child working with the dogs will wash their hands afterwards