'Buddy' - A welcome addition to our St. Mark's Family

In the new academic year we will be introducing a school dog to St Mark’s. This decision has been made following extensive research, discussion with other schools that have a school dog and approval from the Governing Body. A full risk assessment has been completed and is available from the office on request as well as on our website, should you wish to view it.


Buddy is a Cocker spaniel/Poodle cross making him a Cockapoo. His breed is well suited for socialising with children and his non-shedding coat is ideal for people with allergies.

Buddy will live at home with Miss Ferguson and her family and will under go intensive training ready for his introduction into school in September.


Miss Ferguson has researched and seen the many benefits of having a school dog :


  • Dogs teach children about responsibility-by children having to think about the care and well being of a dog it can give them a sense of importance and satisfaction that they may not get from other responsibilities.
  • Dogs teach children patience-they do not always do as they are told first time !
  • Dogs teach children compassion-just like us dogs feel pain and emotion.
  • Dogs teach children about socialisation-by the children learning how to interact with a dog they can better learn how to socialise with other children.
  • Dogs are fun-they greet you with a wagging tail every day and put a smile on your face, even on a bad day.


Buddy will have public liability insurance which means he will be able to come into school. He will regularly visit the vet for his vaccinations, flea and worm treatments and to ensure he is happy and well.


Buddy will be based in his own contained area in the computer room and the children will only be able to interact with him under strict supervision and as long as parental permission has been given.

When he is moving around the school he will be on a lead and always with an adult. We hope he will be able to support children in all school areas, which may include reading, nurture groups and attendance.


I hope the children will gain a lot of enjoyment from having a school dog and there will be pictures on the website of all that he does.


Letters are being sent home with a permission slip attached. Please complete the slip and return to school as soon as possible. If you do not return the slip, it will be presumed that you DO NOT wish your child to have contact with Buddy.



Please click on the link below to view the Risk Assessment.

Art Class Art Class Reading Buddies Helping with First Aid

  • St. Mark's Catholic Primary School
  • Fir Avenue, Halewood, L26 0XR, United Kingdom
  • Tel: 0151-288-8910
  • St. Mark's Halewood