Health club helps students chill out for exams
Friday 19 May 1995
The independent school, Wentworth Milton Mount, in Bournemouth, Dorset, is to pay for a single session at the nearby Queen's Park Health Club for each of its sixth-form girls who begin study leave at the end of this week to revise for A-levels.
Each girl, both day pupils and boarders, will have an aromatherapy massage "to combat muscle tension and mental anxiety". Other facilities include a hi-tech gymnasium, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and pool. The pupils will be given a personal exercise programme designed to relieve stress.
Sabine Kerr, 18, taking English, history and German, said: "People have a very stereotyped view of boarding schools that we've got lots of money and go to health clubs all the time. But basically someone thought the girls had done a good job and deserved a reward."
The school's deputy head, Robert Carlysle, said the school traditionally gave sixth formers a treat as they prepared for exams. "A lot of people are now realising how stressful exams can be. We aren't sure how much good sitting in a sauna will be in relieving the effects, but it can certainly do no harm."
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