Oldhamstocks dogs helping pupils to read at Dunbar Grammar School

PUPILS at Dunbar Grammar School are being given a helping hand with their reading thanks to a one-year-old Labrador called Bella and her four-legged friends.

Bella, who is owned by teacher Darren Martin, has been working at the school as part of a Paws To Read programme.

She joins in literacy classes, providing youngsters with a non-judgemental listening ear as they read out loud to her.

And she has become such a hit that she is now joined in class by Buddy and Toby, two friendly toy poodles from Oldhamstocks who accompany their 14-year-old owner Jacob Mells to the class.