The quality of pastoral care is outstanding, supporting well the pupils' excellent personal development.
ISI Inspection Report, June 2014
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Wed 9th Oct 2019 : 'Paw-some' First Day at Work for Lexi the Reading Dog!
Lexi's first day 'at work' was just just paw-some!
Our new reading dog Lexie the cockerpoo, who has been kindly loaned to us by our Year 2 teacher Miss Wallace, has now completed her training, which made sure she was fully acclimatised to being in the classroom.
Lexie had her first session with our Year 2 pupils yesterday and sat quietly and patiently alongside them while they read aloud.
Welcoming our four-legged friends into schools is a growing trend. Research shows that reading dogs can provide significant benefits for students. Having reading dogs in the classroom encourage less enthusiastic readers and often has a very calming and therapeutic effect on pupils.
Dogs are good listeners who make no judgements and children bond easily with them, helping them feel more connected and confident.
A recent US study (National Institute of Health) found that: “The presence of a dog in an educational setting seems to support concentration, attention, motivation and relaxation. Also a dog creates a pleasant social atmosphere an essential component for optimal executive functioning.”