A remembrance service will be held on Tuesday for 61-yr-old Anne Maguire, the much loved teacher who was stabbed to death in front of her pupils in Leeds, England.
Monsignor Paul Fisher, from the next-door Corpus Christi Catholic Church, confirmed that Mrs Maguire would be remembered at a normal morning service on Tuesday.
She had been head of year 11 at the school for more than 10 years.
A 15-year-old boy remains in custody following the death of the Spanish at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds yesterday.
The school is open as normal today and children began arriving early to add tributes to the hundreds of bouquets of flowers that now cover the railings outside the gates.
Mrs Maguire’s death is thought to be the first time a teacher has been fatally stabbed in a British classroom.
Hundreds of pupils, former students and their parents packed the church last night to pay their respects and light candles.
Monsignor Fisher said: “It’s obviously a very difficult time. We’re having our normal service this morning and obviously we’re going to be remembering her.
“Our administrator is in the school now, offering what support we can to the staff and the students.
“What you see here is everybody helping each other – the community and the school coming together.
“I think you see from the tributes that have been paid what an impact she had on this school.”
Children leaving the school yesterday said Mrs Maguire was attacked as she taught a routine Year 11 Spanish class in the Modern Languages block.
Some pupils reported hearing screams as other members of staff rushed to the scene and restrained her attacker before police arrived.
Police officers continued to guard the gates this morning as children streamed into school past the tributes, many stopping to lay more flowers.
Mrs Maguire had been teaching at the school for 40yrs since she was a student teacher.
Prime Minister David Cameron led the tributes last night, saying: “This is a profoundly shocking, indeed absolutely appalling, incident.
“All our thoughts are with the teacher’s family, with the school and all the pupils who study there. Everything that can be done to help this school get to the bottom of what happened will be done. I think that we have to wait for the investigation to see what exactly happened.”
Yesterday Katie Gallagher, 15, said she was in a nearby room when Mrs Maguire was stabbed.
She said: “I heard her scream. I was in a meeting at the time but I heard it.”