NEW school facilities have been named in memory of a talented young student.

The Olivia Burt Design and Technology Suite was officially opened by her parents at Bournemouth School for Girls.

Former head girl Olivia, who was from Milford-on-Sea, was aged just 20 and studying natural sciences at Durham University when she died in an incident outside of a nightclub in 2018.

Her parents, Nigel and Paula, set up charity Olivia Inspires with the aim of helping young people to develop their potential.

Speaking at the unveiling of the new school facility, Nigel said: “Olivia died more than 4 years ago and to Paula and I it seems like it happened only yesterday whilst at the same time it seemingly happened in another lifetime.

“I guess that is what happens when you are confronted by great tragedy.

“Yet, it is out of this tragedy we are trying to build something meaningful and worthwhile.

“The motto of Olivia’s college in Durham is “Non Nobis Solum” which translates as 'Not for ourselves alone' and this encapsulates Olivia’s character. She always wanted to help others and she always had time for other people.

“This is what people remember about Olivia, not her talents, of which there were many, but her generosity of spirit.”

Bournemouth Echo: Olivia Burt was head girl at Bournemouth School for GirlsOlivia Burt was head girl at Bournemouth School for Girls

Since the charity was set up, it has helped more than 250 disadvantaged young people to develop their potential in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the arts and sport with awards totally almost £45,000.

Bournemouth School for Girls headteacher Alistair Brien also spoke at the opening of the new facility.

“Olivia certainly lived her life to the full, excelling in so many areas and always being the best she could possibly be,” he said.

“Amidst all these talents and accolades however, she was simply a good and nice person to know. Concerned for others, hardworking, loyal and a friend to all.

“Her mum and dad Nigel and Paula have set up a charity in Olivia’s memory called Olivia Inspires, which has the aim of supporting disadvantaged young people to fulfil their dreams and passions in STEM related activities.

“It is therefore very appropriate today that we name our new design and technology facilities in her memory.”