According to the BBC website, chair of governors Martin Dowling had confirmed that the popular teacher was due to retire in September, and was already working a four-day week in preparation for leaving work.

Speaking at a press conference, Mr Dowling praised the children at the school for their ‘amazing’ response to the tragedy.

“We’ve had assemblies, services and the children have responded in a magnificent manner, as have the staff also,” he said.

Head teacher Steve Mort spoke highly of Ms Maguire, and called her a ‘cornerstone’ of the school community.

 “Ann Maguire was a wonderful, caring individual. She was an outstanding teacher and an outstanding leader,” he said.

West Yorkshire Police confirmed that the suspect would be interviewed today.

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