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School Dog

Our School Dog - Bailey


We are so excited to intoduce our very own school dog Bailey! He became Oakfield's school dog at 2 years old and is a Cockerpoo, which is a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle.

Since becoming Head, I have undertaken a significant amount of research and are aware of many benefits to having a school dog, including:

  • a calming effect on pupils, particularly those with behavioural or learning difficulties;
  • improved behaviour and concentration, reduced stress and improved self-esteem;
  • encouraging expression and participation in more withdrawn children;
  • fostering a sense of responsibility;
  • motivating pupils to think and to learn, as most children have a high level of natural interest in, 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 children build confidence in reading.

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Bailey was integrated into our family slowly and initially attend school one day a week and now he attends two days a week! He stays in the Heads office during the day and visits the children in class to check on their learning.

Our Dogs Trust assembly and workshops this week really supported children in approaching, handling and gaining confidence in managing any fears around dogs. Please understand that we will do everything we can to reassure children who are fearful and that under no circumstances will they be forced to meet with Bailey.

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Whilst moving around the school, Bailey is kept on a short lead and will always be with an adult. The breed was carefully selected because of its ideal temperament and because it is used widely in the field of therapy and support (e.g. autism assistance dogs). Cockerpoos are by nature gentle and friendly creatures. He has a curly, very low shedding coat which makes him much less likely to affect those with allergies. He is also fully insured and has had all his vaccinations and health checks.


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After 2 years now we know that Bailey has a positive impact across the whole school and we look forward to sharing some more of his stories during the year on Classdojo.





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