Heatherlands Primary School

Enjoying Learning Together

Meet Ralph

Reading with Ralph

Ralph is such a good listener!

It's crazy hair day!

Breakfast & reading, life is good for Ralph!

Just chilling after a busy Sunday morning!

Ralph was all ears listening to children read!

A nice Sunday walk. I found a new stick! I also met some children from school along the way!

Ralph came 3rd place, in the 'Gorgeous Grandpa' round at a recent dog show. Well done Ralph!

Ralph loves the camera!

Ralph was in school again today for reading & head rubs!

Ralph loves a good story. Good boy Ralph!

Ralph enjoyed a week camping in Cornwall, plenty of swimming, cliff climbing and jumping waves. He also enjoyed listening to Ren read.

Ralph spent the morning feeling very relaxed, listening to children read. Great work Ralph!

Our very own member of staff, Ralph, will be competing on Sunday 25th July in the Dogmasters Festival if you would like to go and support him, and he will be appearing on The One Show on Friday 23rd July at 7pm (BBC1).

Reading with Ralph


Introducing a new member of staff


I would like to introduce a new member of staff ‘Ralph’ who will be joining us this term. Ralph is a trained Pet Therapy dog and will be working with children to support their reading.


He wanted to introduce himself to everyone.



My name is Ralph and I am a registered therapy dog with the charity ‘Pets As Therapy PAT’. I am very excited to join the reading culture and be part of the Heatherlands team! My job is to listen to individual children read and greet the children around school. Rest assured I have gone under strict behavioral assessments, I am fully vaccinated and ALWAYS on a lead with my handler in charge (my mum).


So what are the therapy benefits for the children with me visiting school?


  • I will motivate children to focus and encourage learning
  • I am completely non-judgmental providing a relaxed experience for the children
  • I can increase self-confidence
  • I reduce self-consciousness
  • I will encourage the love of reading
  • I can put a smile on the children’s faces, giving a sense of well being
  • Teach and reinforce children how to be around dogs
  • Help overcome fear of dogs
  • Give a sense of pet ownership


Now about me!


I am a 9-year-old Pointerbay retriever, a born water dog! I love to swim in the sea, play on the beach and run through the woods. I have just started surfing lessons and love adventure walks on the Purbecks. At my home, I look after my busy house of adults and children, not forgetting my best friend Hiro the Pointer puppy. Hiro and I love listening to our children read and hear all about our families day’s events. I am very excited to add my visits to Heatherlands to my list of jobs! I cannot wait to meet you all,