Nurture Dog




Reuben and Indie

As you are all hopefully aware The Arches has become one of the only schools in the North-West to gain the ‘Nurturing Schools Award’ from the Nurture Network.  This school wide approach reflects the group and individual nurture work going on in ‘The Snug’, our accredited Nurture Room in addition to ‘The Lounge’ and ‘The Annex’, our non-academic intervention rooms.

There is a significant amount of research in place that outlines the many benefits to having a dog in school, and I am delighted to say that we are lucky enough to have not one, but two, four legged friends: Reuben, the Irish Setter and Indie, his double-doodle ‘nurture dog in training’, best friend.

Children are able to interact with Reuben and Indie, under strict supervision from an adult, as long as parental permission has been given.

We understand that it is not possible for all families to have a dog and therefore see this as a fantastic opportunity for children to have a ‘share’ in an animal companion and gain from building a relationship with them and having them around school.

Should you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to contact school, but in the meantime please express preferences for your child by returning the reply slip overleaf.

Kind regards,

Michelle Ashfield


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The Arches Community Primary School

Saughall Road, Blacon, Chester CH1 5EZ

Nicky Johnson or Sue Wilkins: SEN Contact

Michelle Ashfield: Headteacher

01244 667660

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