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Cooper our school dog

We would like to introduce you to Cooper!

In September, Cooper will be visiting the staff and pupils of Rowanfield Junior and Infant School and by October half-term we would like him to be a part of daily school life.

It has been shown that children can benefit both educationally and emotionally, increase their understanding of responsibility and develop empathy and nurturing skills through contact with a dog. In addition to these benefits, children take great enjoyment from interaction with a dog and these are the reasons why we believe that introducing a school dog will help the pupils Rowanfield.

Cooper is an English Show Cocker Spaniel, a breed who are known for their placid and friendly nature. They are affection dogs without guarding instincts or possession.

Cooper will initially be kept Mrs Riddell's office but will eventually travel to other schools in the Trust. When walking around the school he will be kept on a lead and there will be a designated area for his toileting.

This will be a learning journey for all involved. We realise that some children may have phobias about dogs and we hope that both Cooper and the children can learn together and overcome any phobias that they may have.  However, if you do not want your child to be in the company of a school dog then we respect your decision and you can choose for your child not to come into contact with Cooper.

We are so looking forward to this exciting new member of staff joining our already amazing team!

Please see the links below for more information:

Parent letter

The Gloucestershire Learning Alliance dogs in school

Dog's in school risk assessment

Don't distract!

School dog rules