As a school we are passionate about supporting the wellbeing of our children supporting all our children to be resilient and confident young people, who are able to achieve to the best of their abilities. 


The value of pet therapy is widely accepted as a powerful aid to communication and motivation.  Research has shown that companion dogs can improve the well-being of children, reducing their anxiety levels by making the school environment happier and a more enjoyable place to be. 


Children can benefit educationally and emotionally; a dog can motivate and encourage their participation, increase their understanding of responsibility, soothe a dysregulated child, develop empathy and nurturing skills and improve self-esteem.  

Children will learn the principles of good pet ownership and how to handle dogs safely and responsibly.


Say "Hello" to Millie...



Millie is an extremely valued member of our team and St Augustine's family.  She has just turned 3 years old (January 2024) and loves coming to school to see the children, staff and families of St Augustine's.  

Millie is a Cockapoo. One of the advantages of owning a Cockapoo is that they are hypoallergenic dogs; this means they are less likely to cause an allergic reaction.  It should be noted that no dog breed is 100% allergy friendly, but the Cockapoo with its low-shedding, low-dander coat comes pretty close. She resides with her owner, Mrs Whitehead.  Millie has a very calm temperament with both adults and children.

Millie's main residence is Mrs Whitehead's office or with Miss Wales and Mrs Anderson in the school office.

We understand that it is not possible for all families to have a family dog ad therefore we hope that this is an opportunity for children to "share" in a dog and gain from a relationship and contact that a dog can bring!