Willow the Wellbeing School Dog
A few years ago, the previous headteacher Mrs Bratt decided to welcome a School Dog into Albrighton! Our first dog, was called Bronte and she was such a success that the new headteacher, Mrs Tearle, knew that when Mrs Bratt and Bronte retired, we had to have another school dog.
There has been much research on the benefits of dogs’ relationships with children and their nurturing and therapeutic value in schools.
In addition we have carried out our own research into schools who have a school dog, as well as visiting a local school who have had school dogs for 15 years.
Our dog, Willow, is a Cockerpoo. She was bred as a therapy dog and started therapy training at 5 weeks old. She has continued to have puppy and socialisation training both at home with Mrs Tearle and at school. Currently, Willow is working with a trainer in school to ensure she can safely work with children and support them with their wellbeing.
The Adventures of Bronte
This year was my first year seeing snow! I didn't realise what snow was until I woke up to see the world had turned white.
I had a great time though jumping around in the snow, but it was very cold on my paws. I ended up with tiny snowballs attached to my fur it took a long time for them to melt!
I cannot wait for it to snow again it looks so pretty and magical!