Whitefriars Church of England Primary Academy

Poppy the School Dog

Poppy the School Dog



We are very lucky to have Poppy, our school dog, as a member of our school community. Poppy is in school most days and can often be found following Mr Tuckwood. Poppy is at Whitefriars to work alongside the children and staff to support them with both with their well-being and learning.

Each day, Poppy greets the children on the playground (you won’t get a better or happier welcome!) before walking around the school and visiting all of the children in the classrooms. If a child is sad, bothered or not quite feeling themselves, Poppy is there to support them either with a cuddle (she loves some fuss!), a walk around the field or a quick play with some of her toys. It is amazing the difference she can make in just a few minutes.

Sometimes, we have children who are reluctant to arrive at school; Poppy will greet these pupils with enthusiasm and a very welcoming waggy tail which instantly makes a huge difference. 

Poppy also loves listening to children read and having books shared with her.

More information can be seen on the links below along with a permission slip that we require all parents to complete and return.

School Dog Letter and Permission Slip

Whitefriars Dog in School Risk Assessment

Poppy has even made her own Youtube video! Click here to view it