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Our School Dog



Harvey is our school assistance dog in training.  We are delighted to have him in school. He  passed all his settling in assessments and is now ready to start working with small groups or individual children.


Harvey has completed courses of puppy socialisation and dog classes (Hound Life). In the new year, Harvey is hoping to attend a Rally O course with Hound Life.


We are also working with Canine Assisted Learning to support Harvey to become our school assistance dog.


Numerous research studies have shown the benefits of therapy/assistance dogs in schools. Therapy dogs have are relatively new to schools in this country.


Evidence indicates that benefits include:

A calming effect on pupils;

· Improved behaviour and concentration, reduced stress and improved self-esteem;

· Encouraging expression, participation and confidence for all children;

· Fostering a sense of responsibility;

· Motivating pupils to think and to learn;

· Developing an enthusiasm for and enjoyment of animals;

· Encouraging respect and thereby improving pupils’ relationships with each other, parents and   teachers;

· Teaching children to nurture and respect life;

· Helping work undertaken with the most vulnerable children;

· Helping children build confidence in reading;

· Improving attendance;

· Helping overcome a fear of dogs;

· Developing the understanding of unconditional love;

· Supporting children to develop empathy;

· Further promote our Well Being agenda for pupils.


Harvey Facts


Breed:– Australian Labradoodle

Birthday:– 15th May 2021

Likes:–walking, running, playing with his friends, chewing things, friendly people, sticks, toys, treats and lots more!

Dislikes: – his head being touched, people touching him when he cannot see them, being left on his own.