We are very excited to announce that we have recruited a very special member of our team!
Meet Moreton’s reading and therapy dog! His name will be chosen by students this week via a poll. Students will be given the opportunity to vote during form time.
Reading and therapy dogs have received ample press coverage recently and you may have seen articles in the media. Our dog is a labrador, chosen specifically for his calm temperament and loyal nature.
Having a dog in school has been a long term consideration for us, and not one we have taken lightly. We have conducted extensive research into the pros and cons of having a dog in school, as well as risk assessments and understanding practicalities. However, we have visited several schools that currently run such schemes and we were overwhelmed at the positive impact that the dogs have on the children. This is an opportunity we couldn’t miss!
We appreciate that not all children will like dogs (although we hope our new dog will help alleviate some fears) and we are extremely mindful of allergies. The dog will only be allowed in designated areas of the school and where a parent does not want a child to have contact with the dog, the child will not have contact. At no point will the dog be left without an adult and if he is moving around school, he will be on a lead at all times.
Consent forms will be sent out shortly.
For those interested, here are a couple of media clips.
Our dog has been supplied by WKD Trained Dogs in Stone, Stafford. They have been brilliant at working with us to find the right dog for our school and will be conducting a hand over in the new year when he has completed all of his training.
We hope that you will be very welcoming of him, we look forward to sharing his progress over the next few weeks!