Virtual Pet Show proves success for Framfield Primary School

Winners of Pet in Action at Framfield Virtual Pet Show, Harry Tarrant on a trampoline, with Cynthia. Judge Laura Smilie said Cynthia must really trust Harry to feel safe perching up there.

Pupils, parents, teachers and governors of Framfield Primary School have taken part in a Virtual Pet Show.

The event was a huge success with more 120 photographic entries, and a live Zoom celebration on Saturday. 

Children entered photos in categories including: Going Wild, Pet That Looks most Like its Owner, Pets in Action, All Sorts, Get Creative, and Best Rescue Animal.  


Guest judges included Laura Smillie, Prison dog handler for HMPPS Tees and Wear Area Search Team; Charlotte Pestell, warden for the RSPB; Donna Hills, manager of Framfield Pre-School, Jenny Pike, veterinary nurse, and Jenny Mansfield, of Last Chance Rescue.

The judges talked about their work and passion for animals and then announced the winners of their chosen category. 

There were amazing wildlife photographs taken by pupils, and school staff, and an array of pets, such as chickens, snakes, guinea pigs, rabbits and many more.


The head teacher Mrs Lisa Pestell, the owner of three dogs, organised the event to bring some fun to the lives of her children and the community during lockdown.

She has already received many messages from parents saying how much they and their children enjoyed it and how inspired they were by the guest judges. 

All the winners will receive rosettes provided by the PTFA.

Other prizes included gift vouchers donated by Pets Corner in Uckfield, commemorative mugs designed and donated by Azzurro Photo Studio, and a dog bandana from Bow Wow Bandanas. Bow Wow Bandanas is owned by one of the school’s Year 5 pupils. 

Thank you

Mrs Pestell says thank you all those who took part, adding it was an event to remember.

She is hoping to further develop the schools links to the animal world, perhaps including a live pet show in the future.

She said: “I strongly believe that when children build relationships with living creatures they develop knowledge and understanding and positive attitudes such as empathy, kindness, compassion and responsibility.”

Virtual Pet Show winners can be seen below:

Pets that look like their owners

Pets in Action

Best Rescue Pet

Going Wild

All Sorts

Get Creative

• Thanks to Framfield Primary School for the photographs.

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