Sophie belongs to Mrs Cross and is based in her office. She is trained as a well-being dog and supports pupils in school. Over the last two years she has become a very important member of our school community. Sophie is loved by adults and children alike. She is our shared pet and gives children, who do not have pets, the valuable experience of looking after a pet. In the autumn term Sophie will meet the new Reception children and get to know their new smells. The children will see her around, especially if they go to the office
About School Dogs
Sophie is a Cockapoo, renowned for their love of people. This particular hybrid dog has an outgoing happy disposition, good temperament and non-malting coat which is more suitable for asthma sufferers. Their playful personality has made them one of the most popular mixed breed dogs, and they engage old and young alike with their intelligent and playful nature. Coupled with a forgiving disposition they make the perfect child-friendly dog. Their compact size makes them an ideal dog. Their parentage (cocker spaniel and poodle cross) ensures they are easy to train.
Evidence from other schools shows a multitude of benefits which come from working with animals, and this fantastic opportunity is something we are proud to be able to offer to our pupils. Not only is a dog a useful intervention for pupils who may struggle with social skills, but there is significant evidence to show that children with emotional, learning or behavioural difficulties can benefit enormously from the presence and interaction of companion animals.
Having a dog in school allows pupils to interact with an animal in a therapeutic and controlled environment, in which Sophie will have trained adult supervision at all times. A careful risk assessment and the necessary insurances are in place and Sophie will not be in school if she is unwell in any way.
We are very lucky to have Sophie in our school, and she is very well liked by staff and children. However, we are aware not all children like dogs and if you should not wish your child to interact with Sophie, please let the School Office know.