School Dog Tilly

Introducing Tilly, our school dog and fully-fledged member of our school community! Tilly is a 3 year old labradoodle who lives with Ms Meekley but spends time in school interacting with pupils. The labradoodle breed was chosen as this breed is known to be hypoallergenic, child-friendly, sociable and easy to train. Tilly undertook training with ‘The Dog Mentor’ in January 2022 to develop her role in school. 

Studies have shown there to be numerous benefits to having a school dog as their presence can make the environment happier, improve the well-being of children and lower anxiety levels. Reading to dogs has been proven to help children develop literacy skills and build confidence, as a dog will listen to children read without being judgemental or critical.

Tilly has a distinct role to play that is always supervised and carefully managed. While in school, her main place of residence is in the office, which is secure and separate from the classrooms. She works with children who need to spend time settling and nurturing, as a reward and as an incentive for behaviour and attendance. She is part of the team and loved by both children and staff alike and certainly supported children and staff through difficult times, especially post COVID.

Whilst interacting with animals is not appropriate for all children, for the majority, it has the potential to provide multiple positive benefits. Risk assessments have been carried out but parents can withdraw permission for their child to be in contact with the dog. A full risk assessment has taken place and the policy regarding school dogs is available to view on our school website.

As a school we still adhere to the Stockport Council rule of no dogs on the school site and ask that you do not enter the school grounds with family pets.

Tilly can’t wait to meet you. We look forward to sharing Tilly's adventures in school with you!