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Skippers Hill welcomes canine companion for school pupils

Posted: 20th May 2016 | Category: Kindergarten, Reception, Years 1 & 2

Skippers Hill is delighted to welcome a new addition to the school family - Lottie the chocolate Labrador puppy.

During her first year, Lottie will be trained to the highest level, with the support of UK-based charity Dogs Helping Kids, to ensure that she is able to work safely with pupils, from the ages of two to thirteen, and to contribute to school life as much as possible.

Once she has received specialist training and has settled in to life at the school, Lottie will work with the children as a reading motivator and listener, as well as providing pastoral support and carrying out therapeutic work for children who may benefit from this.

Headmaster, Mark Hammond, said: “As well as being an exciting and popular addition to our family, we believe that Lottie will be a real asset to Skippers Hill. Studies have shown that dogs can have a strongly beneficial effect in schools, encouraging expression and participation among children and improving self-esteem, whilst also motivating pupils and fostering a sense of responsibility and respect, from an early age. We look forward to settling Lottie into life at Skippers and to the experiences that she will bring for our pupils, as she grows up.” 

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