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Chester school welcomes new canine companion ‘Bramble’

THE Queen’s School in Chester has recently recruited a new furry friend in the form of ‘Bramble’ the school’s new well-being dog.

Girls at The Queen’s School were greeted with a lovely surprise when they started the new school year this month. Bramble, the flat coat retriever, lives with the school’s estate operatives Mr. Hughes and his family.

Prior to the pandemic, the caring and well-behaved canine spent four years working full-time as a therapy dog ​​in an SEND school, having been selected due to his breed and temperament.

He was trained for his work in a school setting by an ex-police dog handler and worked with children from age 4-19 with a range of complex learning, physical and medical needs. He helped them learn how to be safe around dogs and enjoy having a pet and he also worked 1:1 with children who had anxiety or issues.

Pupils gather round as Mr. Hughes introduces Bramble.

Headmistress Mrs Sue Wallace-Woodroffe said: “It is well documented the benefits being around beautiful dogs like Bramble can have on the wellbeing of everyone, and the staff and students were very excited to welcome Bramble into the Queen’s family. He is settling in well. and getting used to his new surroundings. Just walking around the school and seeing the way people react to his presence is lovely and he is already a much-loved addition to Queen’s.”

The six-year-old retriever already appears to be a hit with pupils.

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