Bitterne Park School teachers performed self-choreographed routines to students

Daily Echo: Teachers Rachel Gooch and Steve Wilde prepare for their routine Teachers Rachel Gooch and Steve Wilde prepare for their routine

TEACHERS swapped the classroom for the ballroom when they staged their own Strictly Come Dancing event.

Staff at Bitterne Park school entertained students by donning frocks and performing their self-choreographed routines in a bid to win the title.

The event was organised by the school student council with help from staff who recruited 16 dancers, five judges – including chief judge and head teacher Susan Trigger – and hosts to compere the show.

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Teachers backstage before the dance

In the end the competition was won by Steve Wilde and Rachael Gooch, who performed to Live and Let Die.

The event was also a money-spinner for the Mencap charity who will be presented with more than £300 from the show.

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Carl Horigan and Kerry Wellnhammer perform

Deputy head teacher Pan Panayiotou said: “The event was exceptionally well planned and organised by Mr Sykes and Mrs Soffe who helped the couples practise their dance routines.

“I am so proud of how all staff and students immerse themselves in these charity events.”

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