St Benedict’s, Ealing, has introduced a therapy dog to the school, to help pupils with exam nerves.

Bart, a very friendly 7 year-old Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen, has taken up residence at St Benedict's School in Ealing, where he is more than happy to meet pupils of all ages – at break, at lunchtime, and whenever they have a spare five minutes to come in and say hello.

Bart is proving very popular and is doing a great job in calming exam nerves, which seems to confirm Sir Anthony Seldon’s view that, 'Every school should have a dog or another pet to reduce stress.' The University of Buckingham vice-chancellor said, 'The evidence is very clear that it works, and every single school - primary, secondary, special - should have dogs.'

The Education Secretary Damian Hinds has noted that more schools seem to have ‘wellbeing dogs’, 'At first I was a bit surprised, but actually it's a great thing', although he added that there were no plans for a 'central dog policy'.

Alfie, who is in Year 7 at St Benedict’s, said, 'I really like coming in to see Bart, even though my exams finished two weeks ago!'