A CUDDLY Cockapoo has become the newest classmate at a village school.

Pupils at Sutton Courtenay CE Primary School near Didcot have delighted in the arrival of Cessy the school dog, who started this term.

Mental health researchers have found that dogs can benefit people's wellbeing.

The jet black Cockapoo, who is two years old, started school this term and belongs to Year 4 teacher Zoe Parks.

Cessy, named after a village in France, has her very own page on the school's website which describes her as ' trained, good-natured, friendly and gentle.'

Children stick to rules such as only touching Cessy with an adult's permission, using quiet voices near her, and washing their hands after stroking her.

Headteacher Rachel Hornsey said: "We are really pleased with how Cessy has settled in and have seen significant benefits to some children already, who have really bonded with her."

After gradually being introduced, the dog will join children most mornings both in the classroom and in the playground.