Darcy, our resident school dog, is an integral member of the community at Dysart! Darcy lives with Emmet and comes to school with Emmet every day. He has been chosen because he has a friendly temperament and is socialised with children of all ages. Darcy is a Scottish Terrier, a small breed of dog that is less prone to shedding fur which will benefit those who may have allergies associated with dogs.
We have liaised with other Special Needs schools within Orchard Hill College & Academies Trust that are already using dogs to support their pupils and a detailed, common-sense, risk assessment has been written that safeguards both pupils and Darcy. Families are always consulted prior to any individual pupil working closely with Darcy. Darcy has undergone structured obedience classes and will commence training for full therapy dog accreditation in the next few years.
There is a significant body of research which shows that some children respond well to animals. Spending time with animals can help pupils with their learning, as well as managing their emotions and developing better communication skills. Darcy works with pupils across the whole school in both individual and small-group sessions.
More information about the benefits of this type of support can be found here: