Statements following the conclusion of the Ann Maguire trial

Statements issued by Corpus Christi Catholic College, Leeds City Council and the Catholic Diocese of Leeds, following the conclusion of the trial relating to the death of teacher Ann Maguire.

Steve Mort, headteacher of Corpus Christi Catholic College said:

“I want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all our staff and students, present and past, for the way that they have coped, and continue to cope with this shocking and unprecedented incident.

“I would also like to say thank you for the amazing tributes and messages of sympathy and support that we have received in school from across Leeds, from around the country and from far further afield. We have drawn great strength and comfort from these and from our shared faith, and we continue to remember Ann and her family in our prayers.

“Corpus Christi Catholic College remains committed to ensuring that all of our students are supported to fulfil their God given potential.”

Nigel Richardson, Leeds City Council’s director of children’s services said:

“We have heard horrific details today of a terrible and shocking crime and our thoughts are very much with Ann’s family, friends and colleagues at this incredibly traumatic time.

“It is clear to me that Ann Maguire will never be forgotten and her lasting legacy will be felt throughout the school and far beyond - across the local community and indeed across the city of Leeds.

“I feel I must reiterate what others have already said repeatedly today that this was an isolated and unprecedented incident and it is not in any way indicative of a wider problem, in this school, or in schools across the region.

“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 and I have been thoroughly impressed by the way everyone at the school and across the local community have responded to these terrible events.

“I hope that the conclusion of the trial will now help everyone begin the difficult process of moving on. We will continue to provide support for staff and pupils – as much as is needed for as long as is needed.”

Monsignor John Wilson, Diocese of Leeds said:

“Ann’s loss is still deeply felt by her family and friends, and everyone at Corpus Christi Catholic College and in the local community. Her legacy is of huge importance to us all, and we take collective strength from ensuring that we carry on the passion and commitment that she demonstrated to all the children and young people she worked with over the years.

“The school motto is ‘Together we work, learn, pray, grow’ and Ann was a great advocate of this, and that this school should be a safe, nurturing environment for all. Everybody affected by this terrible tragedy will continue to be held in our thoughts and prayers.”