Our School Dogs
Meet Molly & Lottie
Molly and Lottie are Labrador Retrievers and belong to Assistant Headteacher, Mrs Lees. They play an important role within our pastoral team. Molly 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 in 2021, was awarded first place in the Veteran’s Class and Reserve Best in Show in the Gloucestershire Labrador Owner’s Club Competition.
Lottie, a puppy from the same breeder, joined our team in the Summer of 2021 is in training. Lottie works alongside Molly to provide further support (and cuddles) to our students.
Our school dogs are on site daily, and work with individual students and small groups (all of whom are given the choice). Molly and Lottie help us to be present in the moment. Animals can have a significant positive on mental health and wellbeing and they always raise a smile with our students.
Studies have shown 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.
Positive effects of having Molly and Lottie onsite, include:
- Learning, including reading and literacy
- Knowledge and understanding of animals
- Reducing stress
- Love and support for groups of students
- Developing self-esteem and interest, especially for some of our most vulnerable groups
- Anger management
- Coping with bereavement
- Developing responsibility
- A feel and sense of community
- Some curriculum involvement
Follow Molly and Lottie
To keep up to date with Molly and Lottie’s school journey and daily antics, follow them on social media:
Facebook: Our School Dog Molly