School in Warwick introduces furry friend into the classroom

Rosa the therapy dog with some of the pupils at Warwick School.
Rosa the therapy dog with some of the pupils at Warwick School.

A school in Warwick has introduced a furry friend into the classroom as an alternative way to help their pupils.

Warwick School, which is located on Banbury Road, has welcomed its newest member of staff – Rosa the therapy dog.

Rosa will be joining a select group of schools in an alternative approach to the welfare of pupils.

Meg Harper, head of Counselling at Warwick School said: “As part of our continuing innovative approach to well-being, Warwick School has introduced Rosa, a Portuguese Water Dog, a hypoallergenic dog breed renowned for their friendly and happy disposition, as a therapy dog.

“After engaging in an animal assisted therapy training programme, I was convinced that this was the right step forward.

“A dog introduces a calming and welcoming atmosphere, an ‘ice-breaker’.

“Almost all boys fidget so stroking Rosa and ‘just being’ with her will provide students with warmth and unconditional comfort, encouraging the opportunity to talk through concerns and difficulties.

“Her presence is also helpful in exploring a range of different issues.”

Rosa is gradually being integrated into the school community as a working trainee therapy dog.

One of the Year 8 form groups will be helping Rosa acclimatise to her new environment by spending some form time allowing her to familiarise with people and the surroundings.