Oakfield Primary Academy

Transforming lives with exceptional learning - aspiring beyond the expected

Meet Molly Our School Dog


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She is a Cavachon (her mum is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and her dad is a Bichon Frisse).


She was born on the 12th July 2018 and lives with Mrs Collinson and her family. She has really enjoyed her first few visits to school and she loves to see the staff and children as much as they love to see her.


What are the benefits of a school dog?

  • A calming effect on pupils, particularly those with emotional needs
  • Encouraging expression, participation and shared attention
  • Fostering a sense of responsibility
  • Improved behaviour, attendance and concentration, reduced stress and improved self-esteem
  • 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 http://www.theguardian.com/education/2011/feb/28/dogs-listen-to-children-reading


How has school planned for this?

  • A full risk assessment has been completed and will be available on our website
  • All contact with children will be carefully supervised and children will not be left unsupervised with Molly
  • Molly will be on a lead when she is not in Mrs Collinson’s office.
  • When not ‘working’, Molly will be based in Mrs Collinson’s office.
  • No child will ever be made to interact directly with Molly


If you have any questions, please contact me.


Kind regards


Mrs Jo Collinson

Executive Headteacher