Community in shock at sudden death of ‘amazing’ Eastbourne teacher

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Tributes have poured in for an Eastbourne teacher who died suddenly at the weekend.

Miss Sarah Williams, who was head of art at The Eastbourne Academy, passed away during the night between Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22.

The Brodrick Road establishment posted a statement on its website and Facebook page. It said, “We regret to announce the sudden and tragic death of Miss Sarah Williams, our inspirational head of art.

“Miss Williams died during the night between Saturday and Sunday. We offer our condolences to her partner, to her family and to her friends.

“There will be a quiet space in the Academy’s Learning Zone with counsellors present for students and staff who need support during this week.”

Dozens of people have taken to social media to pay tribute to the ‘inspirational’ and ‘amazing’ teacher.

One message read, “Truly one of the best art teachers ever, she put every ounce of her day into the students and they admired her for it. I was privileged to have worked in her lessons and will hold those memories dear to my heart. Sleep tight Sarah.”

Another person wrote, “Such sad news, couldn’t of asked for a better art teacher to help you get through your GCSE art. Heaven has gained another beautiful angel. RIP Miss Sarah Williams.”

Many of the heartfelt messages made reference to her ‘great sense of humour’. They also mentioned how easy she was to talk to and how adored she was by all of her students.

Flowers, cards and pieces of artwork have already been placed by a wall in the Academy in memory of Miss Williams.

See Friday’s Eastbourne Herald for more information.