ONE of Bridgwater’s secondary school has a new helper who may just be the most popular staff member at the school.

Poppy the therapy dog helps students by easing their anxieties, relaxing them during exam time and even helping with outside Bush Craft lessons at Robert Blake Science College.

The four-year-old cute, fun and friendly Labrador is also very popular with staff who also benefit from her peace-inducing qualities.

She also helps with confidence building, eye contact, patience, body language and listening skills.

Poppy was bought by a support teacher who then took her through dog therapy training.

Headteacher at Robert Blake Science College, Deb Loveridge, said: “Poppy has been a fantastic addition to our brilliant school.

“She is popular with students and staff and helps in so many situations.

“Poppy even joins in with Bush Craft activities which helps many children thrive with outside learning.”