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School Pets

Here at Brampton Cortonwood Infant School we believe that opportunities to work with animals provide unique opportunities for learning. We recognise our responsibility to provide a safe environment and positive learning experience for all pupils and a high standard of care and welfare to all our school pets. We believe that having school pets enriches the children's learning and provides them with early knowledge about a duty of care for others. Below are the animals we have enrolled at Brampton Cortonwood.

Dogs: Luna and Tilly

Luna and Tilly are our school dogs who enrolled at Brampton Cortonwood in October 2017 (Luna) and November 2018 (Tilly)! They have a fantastic temperament, are amazing with the children and are very happy dogs. The children enjoy the classroom time with the dogs and especially enjoy reading to them. The dogs are also used for intervention groups and are a successful addition to Team BCI

Bearded Dragon: Rango

Rango enrolled at BCI in March 2019 and is housed with Year 1. He is a friendly bearded dragon that likes petting and feeding by the children. He has a spacious vivarium and likes to watch the children learning. He is often out on the carpet during carpet times and enjoys exploring the classroom.

Chickens: Boo, Doreen and Sandy

In March 2019 our resident hen Boo (who enrolled in 2015) was joined by two rescued hens. Jenson (F1) won our competition to name these hens, deciding to call them after his Nan Nan's, Doreen and Sandy. These two hens now have more space, freedom and quality of life than they ever have done. The children have been told the story of how BCI have rescued these hens and are proud that they can now care for them. The children also enjoy watching all three hens and collecting the eggs from their hutches. 

Fish: Freddy and Fliss

Our two fish currently reside in Y1 with Mrs Menzies. They enrolled at BCI in 2017 and have been in Y2 before their move. The children enjoy watching the peaceful motions of the fish and care for them with tank cleans and feeding. 

Guinea Pigs: Dandelion and Burdock

F1 have two guinea pigs as their class pets, these two fluffy animals are a popular addition since their 2018 enrolling! The children enjoy watching and listening to them and often pet them. The guinea pigs enjoy the interaction and have fun with the class.

School Pets FAQ

Below are some frequently asked questions regarding school pets.


What are the benefits of having a school pet?

  • 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 the animals

  • Children will not be unsupervised with any animal and contact will be carefully planned

  • When not enjoying classrooms, Luna and Tilly will be in the office with Mrs Aston whilst class pets will be housed in their respective classrooms.


What about allergies?

  • All rooms and corridors are thoroughly hoovered at the end of every day to remove pet hair, along with all surfaces wiped and cleaned with anti-bacterial spray.