29 April 2014
Last updated at 14:02
A teacher who was stabbed to death in front of her pupils was due to retire in September, the school has said.
Ann Maguire, 61, died after suffering multiple stab wounds in the attack at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds on Monday.
Head teacher Steve Mort said Mrs Maguire had been the “mother of the school” and “the calm in the storm” for 40 years.
A 15-year-old boy remains in custody at a police station in the city.
Chair of governors Martin Dowling said Mrs Maguire was already working a four-day week ahead of her retirement.
He said the stabbing was a “tragic but isolated incident” and there had been “no indications at all” that it would happen.
Ann Maguire was treated by paramedics at the scene
The school had remained open and pupils and staff were being offered specialist support.
Mr Dowling said there was a “calm and reverent” atmosphere at the school.
“The children have been absolutely amazing this morning. We’ve had assemblies, services and the children have responded in a magnificent manner, as have the staff also,” he told a press conference.
He said it would be “very difficult” for the school to move on as Mrs Maguire was a “very popular and long-serving member of staff”.
“Ann was a wonderful, dedicated teacher and will be remembered fondly by all of us,” he said.
“She had taught at Corpus Christi for 40 years and touched the lives of many people in the local community, having also taught the parents of some of our current pupils.”
Floral tributes have been placed outside the school
Mr Mort said the school had been “overwhelmed” by the support it had received from the local community.
“Ann was first and foremost highly aspirational for all our students, regardless of their background or ability,” he said.
“She never gave up on pupils, even at times when they had given up on themselves.”
Det Supt Simon Beldon, of West Yorkshire Police, said a post-mortem examination showed Mrs Maguire died from multiple stab wounds.
He said the teenage suspect would be questioned by officers “at some point during today”.
“Given his young age, this is a process which needs to be handled very sensitively, and may take some time to complete,” he added.