We are thrilled to introduce the newest member of our school community – Sadie, the school dog! Sadie is a working cocker spaniel who has been specially trained to work in schools and help support students in their learning.

All of our students had a chance to offer a name for our new school dog and then it was left to Sadie to choose her name. This video shows her making her choice.

Studies have shown that having a dog in the classroom can have numerous benefits for students, helping to reduce stress and anxiety, improving social skills and helping to increase motivation and boost overall happiness levels.

Sadie will be coming to visit classrooms throughout the school day, where students will have the opportunity to interact with her and enjoy her calming presence. She will also be available for one-on-one sessions with students who may need extra support or just a friendly ear to listen.

In addition to supporting student well-being, Sadie will also play a role in promoting responsible pet ownership and animal welfare. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of proper care and training for dogs, as well as how to interact with them safely and respectfully.

Matt Allman, Headteacher, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Sadie to our school community and look forward to the positive impact she will have on our students’ lives. We are grateful to Steve Neale – our Hub and Safeguarding Lead for taking care of her at home – and we know in school that she will bring smiles, comfort and companionship to all who meet her.”