Our School Dog
Molly is a Labrador Retriever and is owned by Assistant Headteacher, Mrs Lees. She plays an important role within our pastoral team, and was chosen as our school dog because of her mild temperament and excellent behaviour. She has previously qualified as a Pets as Therapy dog and works with individual students and small groups (all of whom are given the choice).
Molly aims to encourage our students to enjoy every day, be present in the moment, and recognise the positive impact that animals have on mental health and wellbeing. In 2021, Molly was awarded first place in the Veteran’s Class and Reserve Best in Show in the Gloucestershire Labrador Owner’s Club Competition.
Several studies show that school dogs can have a positive effect on students, from helping students who are struggling with things in school, reducing anxiety, improving reading confidence (by being read to), and generally being a calming influence. Children can benefit educationally and emotionally, increase their understanding of responsibility, and develop empathy and nurturing skills through contact with a dog. Children also tend to take great enjoyment from interaction with a dog.
- Learning, including reading and literacy
- Developing self-esteem and interest, especially for some of our most vulnerable groups
- Anger management
- Coping with bereavement
- Developing responsibility
- Reducing stress
- Love and support for groups of students
- Knowledge and understanding of animals
- A feel and sense of community
- Some curriculum involvement.
To keep up to date with Molly’s school journey and daily antics, follow her on social media:
Facebook: Our School Dog Molly