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Ann Maguire memorial: Pupils remember murdered teacher

Ann Maguire Image copyright West Yorkshire Police
Image caption Ann Maguire was stabbed seven times by pupil Will Cornick

A memorial to murdered teacher Ann Maguire has been held at her former school in Leeds, one year on from the attack by one of her pupils.

Mrs Maguire, 61, was stabbed to death by 15-year-old Will Cornick as she taught a Spanish lesson at Corpus Christi Catholic College on 28 April.

The school held a Mass in remembrance of her life on Tuesday.

Prayers attached to 250 purple and gold balloons, the school's colours, were released after the service.

A minute's silence was held following the school Mass.

Permanent memorial

Head teacher Steve Mort said: "We continue to feel Ann's loss in school, and the past 12 months have been very difficult at times.

"I am, however, extremely proud of the resilience and strength shown by both staff and students as we have sought to come to terms with what happened."

Mr Mort said that with the Maguire family's blessing, staff and students were discussing creating a permanent memorial to the popular teacher.

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Image caption Will Cornick was jailed for life and told he must serve a minimum of 20 years

Mrs Maguire was attacked in a classroom at the school, where she had taught for more than 40 years.

She had been due to retire last September but was stabbed seven times by Cornick.

The teenager was detained for life and told he must serve a minimum of 20 years by a judge at Leeds Crown Court.

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