A FOUR-LEGGED recruit is helping students at Kidderminster’s Baxter College, supporting counselling and reading sessions as well as encouraging outdoor activities.

The three-month-old Labrador pup, Bunsen, is completing his apprenticeship year, training to become a school dog.

Students will be able to choose if they work with Bunsen, who comes from a family of highly-trained dogs.

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Principal Matthew Carpenter said: “A dog can be a really positive calming influence for our whole school community.

“He has already made lots of friends among our students and staff and seems unphased by the busy school environment.”

Bunsen will be around to meet and greet prospective pupils and their parents at the open evening next Thursday (September 19) from 4.30pm until 7.30pm, and during the open morning on Friday (September 20) from 9am until midday.