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Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.

If you have any concerns regarding the safeguarding of any of our pupils please contact one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads: Mrs Naomi Shrimpton, Miss Kerry Cutler, Mrs Sally Mitchell, Mrs Jemma Murray, Mr Sam Matthews.

Our Child Protection and Safeguarding policies can be found here

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Well-being Dog

We are very pleased to introduce you to our school dog Auggie. 

 

Auggie is a working cocker spaniel who, with support from the staff and governors, is in training to become our school  well-being dog and is an integral part of our school community.

 

There is a growing movement in many schools to reintroduce the concept of school pets as a way of teaching all children responsibility and providing a source of pleasure and learning. Of particular interest, is the current move towards ‘wellbeing dogs’ or ‘reading dogs’.  These dogs provide a source of comfort and relaxation for children and adults who may need ‘someone’ to talk to or just someone who will accept them and offer comfort or a calming influence in their lives. There is much evidence that children who struggle with relationships or with managing their own emotions gain a great deal from spending time with a pet. We are confident this concept will work well alongside our Trick Box programme in school.

 

In summary, academic research has shown that dogs working and helping in the school environment:                            

  • benefit children’s social and emotional development
  • have a calming effect on pupils, particularly those with behavioural or learning difficulties
  • improve behaviour and concentration, reduced stress and improved self-esteem
  • encourage expression and participation in more withdrawn children
  • foster a sense of responsibility
  • motivate pupils to think and to learn, as children have a high level of natural interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of animals
  • encourage respect and thereby improving pupils' relationships with each other, parents and teachers
  • teach children to nurture and to have respect for life
  • help children build confidence in reading
  • reduce children’s anxieties if they have a fear of dogs
  • reading to dogs has been proven to help children develop literacy skills and build confidence, helping to nurture children’s enthusiasm for reading.

We have chosen to have a cocker spaniel as they are intelligent, devoted, loyal and clean. They are also patient, friendly, affectionate, love children and adapt well to new situations.

Auggie is getting reading for Christmas!

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