Topsy – our very own school therapy dog

Animal therapy is a fun way of providing emotional support to young people. Topsy is our school therapy dog. Studies have shown that animals can make great therapists helping to improve confidence, cognitive abilities and well-being.

At Grange Community Nursery and Primary School, we are lucky enough to have a four-legged member of staff who plays key role in helping our pupils. Topsy is a whippet, who is an invaluable member of our team. Her work at school is varied and Topsy provides pupils with courage, confidence and companionship.

She is friendly and outgoing and loves to be stroked and fussed.

Pupils at the school can spend time with Topsy if they are having a difficult time or are anxious. Some children even prefer reading to Topsy rather than adult staff, it is really good to be able to read to a non-critical friend. She is there to listen to us, when we are feeling unhappy and she loves to walk with us, while we are having exercise on the school field.

Topsy is a much loved member of our school and her work here is invaluable.

Benefits of Classroom Animals

Improved Child Development

Getting a Four-Legged Reading Buddy

School Dog Risk Assessment