A SOUTHAMPTON school has named its theatre after a much-loved teacher who died from cancer.

Sarah Moore taught performing arts at Bitterne Park School for 20 years and has been described as a passionate and dedicated person who inspired students and families across the community.

The popular teacher was an integral part of the school and helped change many lives.

Since her passing in July last year, her students and colleagues have honoured her by naming the school's theatre after her. Daily Echo:

The Bitterne school recently organised an event where members of the community, staff, students, and ex-students came together to honour Sarah. 

Assistant Headteacher, Paul Overton, worked alongside Sarah for 17 years. 

Speaking to the Echo about his friend, he said: "Sarah truly lived her life to the full.

"Her strength and bravery in tackling her illness head-on were beyond admirable and were a real reflection of her character.Daily Echo:

Paul added: "The theatre never had a name, and after we heard the sad news about Sarah's passing, we decided to name the theatre after her." 

A choir called Sing for Sarah, led by Charlotte Much-Jones, an ex-student, and her husband, Chris Much-Jones, sang at the memorial event.

The show also included current and former students performing a variety of songs, from musical theatre to pop tunes. Daily Echo:

Paul said: "It was an emotional evening for all of us. 

"The talent was just unbelievable. 

"What an incredible first concert in the newly-named Sarah Moore Theatre.

"Sarah's legacy will be remembered at Bitterne Park School forever."Daily Echo:

Meanwhile, Michael Robertson, a music teacher at the school said: "Sing for Sarah was a fantastic tribute to a wonderful teacher who gave so much to so many through her love and dedication to the performing arts.

"The evening was full of talented performances by students past and present, which Sarah would have loved and been thoroughly proud of."Daily Echo:

There was a £10 ticket fee to take part in the occasion, and all proceeds from the event went to Macmillan Cancer Support. 

The event took place on June 17.