A 15-year-old boy has been arrested after a woman teacher was stabbed to death at a Leeds school.

The member of staff at Corpus Christi Catholic College, named on social media as Anne Maguire, was fatally injured on Monday morning.

West Yorkshire Police detectives said a 15-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the incident and is in custody.

There are nearly 1,000 pupils on the roll aged between 11 and 16, according to the school's website.

It also has "a strong Christian and community ethos".

 

The website adds: "The school has a very good pastoral structure, which it is committed to keeping and teachers receive very good back-up support."

Pupil Georgina Kilroy, 16, said the woman had been a teacher for 40 years.

Speaking outside the school, she said: "I don't know anyone who didn't like her. She was spot on. You couldn't ask for a better teacher."

Georgina said her teacher broke down when she told the children the news. She said that before then they were told a teacher had gone to hospital but lessons continued.

Hilary Benn, Labour MP for Leeds Central, described the incident as "profoundly saddening" but said he was not in favour of stringent security measures that would keep staff and pupils "behind high fences".

Kerrianne Ayward, 17, said: "She was just lovely. She was helpful and caring and you could have a laugh with her.

"She was always there for you, even if she didn't know you very well. No one had a bad word for her - I mean no one."

Kerrianne, who left the school two years ago, said: "She's been my referee for everything, college, everything.

"There's no one else you would go to who's better. She was the heart of the school."

Another former pupil, Peter Masefield, 18, said: "I just can't understand why her. Of all people. She was the school's figurehead."

Writing on the website RateMyTeachers.com, one former pupil said: "She's like the school's own mother! Can be very strict but if you're nice to her she will always be there for you, a great woman!"

Another added: "I think she's a good head of year, she's always there if you need someone to talk to :)"

Writing on a Facebook page dedicated to the school, contributors described the teacher as "a legend" and a "lovely lady".

Laying flowers, former pupil Aine Arnold, 17, said: "It's more like losing a family member than losing a teacher.

"As long as we were happy, she was happy. She would do anything for you.

"She helped me personally a lot. She's going to be such a loss to the school. Hers were one of those lessons you didn't want to miss.

"She was just lovely. She was wonderful. I am devastated."

Chief Superintendent Paul Money said this afternoon that those involved with the school are in a state of shock.

He said: "While this was over very quickly and no other students, staff or members of the public were injured, this has clearly been a shocking incident for everybody.

"This is unprecedented for Leeds and a shocking incident the like I have not seen in over 25 years of service.

"Schools in Leeds are generally very safe places to work, visit and study in."

Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: "This is a truly awful thing to have happened to a teacher in the course of her work to educate the next generation.

"Appalling events like this are thankfully very rare indeed but the death of any teacher in her place of work, which should be a place of safety, is devastating. Our condolences go to the family and friends of this teacher, and to students and colleagues at the school.

"The NUT will provide any help and assistance we can possibly offer to Corpus Christi Catholic College and its community."

Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, added: "We are shocked and saddened to hear the news that a teacher has been stabbed to death at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds.

"Our thoughts are with her family, her colleagues and the students of the school.

"Teachers carry a great weight for our society and we owe them so much. It is terrible that they should be asked to pay this price too. We know that the close community of schools in Leeds will rally round to offer colleagues their support."

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