Meet Luna, our school dog, who enrolled at Brampton Cortonwood in October 2017! Luna has a fantastic temperament, is amazing with the children and is a very happy dog - fitting right in at Brampton Cortonwood! We have an increasing number of school pets that the children care for. They are:
Bella the rabbit
Our 2 chickens, Betty and Boo
Our class fishes, Freddie and Fliss
F2's guinea pigs, Dandelion and Burdock
Y2's hamster, George
Y1's land snail, Derek
We are also currently trialling a second school dog to join us on the days when Luna is at another academy school. J is a 4 year old Jack Russell. He is very cuddly and very gentle.
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Encouraging expression and participation in more withdrawn children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 Aston
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