Meet Luna, our school dog - enrolling at Brampton Cortonwood from October 2017! She will be staying at school throughout the school hours and going home with Mr Minor on an evening and weekend. Luna has a fantastic temperament, is amazing with children and is a very happy dog - fitting right in at Brampton Cortonwood! Joining the increasing number of school pets, Luna will not only be welcomed by staff and children but by our two chickens (that we hatched at school!), Miss Finleys two class fish, Bella the rabbit (often found in the quad garden with the chickens) and Turbo the giant snail in Miss Sides class!
We are sure that you will agree that this is an exciting opportunity for the children of Brampton Cortonwood but understand you may have some questions. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding school dogs.
What are the benefits of having a school dog?
A calming effect on pupils, particularly those with behavioural or learning difficulties
Encouraging expression and participation in more withdrawn children
Promotes a sense of responsibility
Stress relief for children (and staff!)
Motivating pupils to think and to learn as most children have a high level of natural interest in animals
Teaching children to nurture and respect life
Help children build confidence in reading
How will school plan for this?
A full risk assessment and policy has been written
Consent has been sought from parents of children who will come into contact with Luna
Children will not be unsupervised with Luna and contact will be carefully planned
When not enjoying classrooms, Luna will be in the office with Mrs Salmons or in our dedicated intervention space with Mrs Preece
What about allergies?
All rooms and corridors are thoroughly hoovered at the end of every day to remove Luna hair, along with all surfaces wiped and cleaned
How can I follow Luna's progress?
Luna will have her very own 'Dog Blog' right here on her own page!