Our School Dog

Winter is a Sprocker Spaniel

Here at St Paul’s, we are training an educational assistance dog, called Winter.

Winter is a spaniel puppy who lives with the Headteacher, but comes into school very regularly. She is in the process of undertaking training and certification with a charity called ‘Dogs Helping Kids’. The training takes two years so she is still officially a ‘school dog in training’, while she settles into the school community and is trained to meet the high standards expected. Winter is based in the Headteacher’s office, but will often be seen on a lead with Mr Teale in classrooms, assemblies, out at playtime and around school.

Winter helps children to take an interest in books

Winter pays a visit to our Forest School 

Eventually, Winter will be used as a dog to motivate, provide therapy and read with children. There is strong evidence that working and playing with a dog improves children’s social skills and self-esteem. Many studies have been undertaken that give credit to the benefits of dogs in the school.

There is no better place to educate our children on how to treat animals than that of the school environment. Animals in schools encourage children to respect all life, teach responsibility, motivate those children who are sometimes not that attentive, help calm children down and improve academic achievement.

In addition to this, if children are wary of dogs, they can be supported in approaching, handling and gaining confidence in managing their fears, through the presence of a specially trained dog in school


Winter has been fully risk assessed and the DHK training programme is RSPCA approved. If you have any questions please do contact the school for further information.


Please do take a look at the ‘Dogs Helping Kids’ website to read more about the benefits of school dogs.