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School Pets

Research has shown that pet ownership can be particularly beneficial for children: from teaching them responsibilities and about the cycle of life, to providing companionship and building confidence. 


School pets have been found to:

  • motivate pupils to think and to learn, as children have a high level of natural interest, enthusiasm and enjoyment of animals
  • encourage a respect and reverence for life in pupils and thereby improve their relationships with other pupils, parents and teachers
  • foster a sense of responsibility in children
  • teach children to nurture and respect life
  • helps our children to read. Two of our Guinea Pigs have learnt phonics and can speak fluent English to the pupils.
  • lead to the development of hobbies / careers in animal care
  • improve academic achievement


Teachers have also found therapeutic benefits for children with special needs. For example:

  • a calming effect on pupils, particularly those with behavioural or learning difficulties; improving behaviour and concentration, reducing stress and improving self-esteem
  • encouraging expression and participation in more withdrawn children
  • animals can help when working with the most vulnerable children
  • educational improvements with low achievers


Pets in schools also have social benefits for the school community:

  • enhance the learning environment, creating a sense of security and family warmth for the pupils
  • encourage the involvement of parents and the wider community in school activity
  • help to promote the school as an important nurturing influence in the community
  • reduce the incidence of truancy, vandalism and conflict through fostering a greater sense of community


All our supervisors are fully trained to handle and care for our pets. Each week they have two pet monitors who help them with the chores of feeding, cleaning out and looking after the guinea pigs and rabbits.


Meet Our Pets

We have 2 rabbits at school. Chocolate was donated to the school in 2010 and Marble was given to us as a baby rabbit in 2011.








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Mario was born in June 2013 and has long hair that needs a lot of grooming by our pet monitors.



Mario's first bath

Mario’s first bath




Mario’s New Mate!

He has been named Peruvian Paddington (known as Paddington) and was born in June 2014. He is incredibly soft and seems very friendly so far and has made friends with Mario.










Washing Day!



What happens at weekends and holidays?

A lot of people ask where the pets go at the weekend and during holidays. Well they all go to stay with Mrs Margrie on the farm where they have their own holiday home and runs. Sometimes the rabbits are allowed to run round the garden and meet the other pets on the farm!


The pets holiday retreat


The pets holiday retreat


Marble has a look around.

Marble has a look around.

Chocolate and Floppy meet Lilly

Chocolate meets Lilly




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