Jared welcomes new school pal

NEWMARKET JOURNAL JULY 2011''MILDENHALL COLLEGE PUPIL JARED RAINS WITH HIS GUIDE DOG PEDRO TO HELP HIM ROUND THE SCHOOL, PICTURED WITH HEAD TEACHER SUSAN BYLES, ANDY GATENBY MOBILITY INSTRUCTOR FOR GUIDE DOGS EAST ANGLIA. 07990540329
NEWMARKET JOURNAL JULY 2011''MILDENHALL COLLEGE PUPIL JARED RAINS WITH HIS GUIDE DOG PEDRO TO HELP HIM ROUND THE SCHOOL, PICTURED WITH HEAD TEACHER SUSAN BYLES, ANDY GATENBY MOBILITY INSTRUCTOR FOR GUIDE DOGS EAST ANGLIA. 07990540329

A PARTIALLY-SIGHTED student is set to have his life transformed after he was granted an assistance dog to use at school.

Jared Rains, 14, will start his GCSEs at Mildenhall College of Technology (MCT) with the help of 19-month old labrador retriever, Pedro.

Jared, who wants to be an electrician, said working with Pedro would give him a new lease of independence.

“He will make a big difference to me. It will give me a lot more confidence when I go to new places and I can get involved in more things,” he said.

Pedro’s trainer, Andy Gatenby, has already been into the school to tell students that they cannot distract Pedro while he is at work - despite the temptation.

Jared is an avid sports fan, playing for the school’s hockey and rugby teams, and Pedro’s help will make it easier for him to attend games, particularly away from the school.

Susan Byles, head teacher, said MCT were the first school in East Anglia to have an assistance dog working on site and that Jared’s maturity made him the perfect candidate.

Jared will start working with Pedro on a permanent basis from the start of August.