Published On: Tue, Apr 29th, 2014 on 2:13 pm

Tributes paid for “amazing inspirational teacher” Mrs Ann Maguire

Ann Maguire

Tributes have been paid for a teacher who was stabbed to death at a Leeds high school where she taught for 40 years.

Due to retire in September, 61-year-old Spanish teacher Mrs Ann Maguire, died after suffering multiple stab wounds in an attack at the Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds.

At 11:48am, police were contacted by the ambulance service who were attending a report of a member of staff having been stabbed at the school located on Neville Road.

Mrs Maguire was taken to hospital for treatment but was subsequently pronounced dead.

A 15-year-old boy was detained by school staff on the premises before police and paramedics arrived at the school. He remains in custody at a police station in the city and will be questioned.

Since the tragic incident, tributes and flowers have been left at the school gates and over 300 people have attended Mass for Mrs Maguire.

Corpus Christi Catholic College headteacher, Steve Mort, said: “Ann Maguire was a long serving, highly regarded and much loved member of staff, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.

“She will be sadly missed by colleagues, current and former pupils, and the community as a whole.”

Martin Dowling, chair of the governing body at Corpus Christi Catholic College, said: “This has been a shocking but isolated incident, and we want to reassure everyone connected with the school that specialist support is being provided for pupils and colleagues alike.

“Our school mission statement states that we work, learn, pray and grow together. At this difficult time we also grieve and support together as a community.”

Nigel Richardson, director of children’s services at Leeds City Council, said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with Ann’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time. Ann was an amazing inspirational teacher and a pillar of the local community, and a real asset to the city of Leeds.

“Corpus Christi Catholic College is a wonderfully strong and caring school. The sense of community is tangible and very apparent as you enter the building, which is clear evidence that it was the right decision to keep the school open.”

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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