Leeds Corpus Christi headteacher: Ann ‘would oppose metal detectors’

Floral tributes outside Corpus Christi. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Floral tributes outside Corpus Christi. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

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Ann Maguire would have “strongly opposed” any idea that pupils should have to pass through metal detectors as they arrive at school, her headteacher has said.

Steve Mort, head of Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds, said he did not think detectors were necessary, adding that the school was a “safe environment”.

He said: “I would want to remind people that this is an isolated incident. It’s a tragedy. It’s unprecedented. It wouldn’t be in keeping with the community. We’re a very open community and our doors are open to the local community.

“We enjoy lots of visitors. The children tell us, through feedback that we receive from them and parents, that this is a safe environment.

“And I think ultimately Ann Maguire herself, if she was asked that question, would strongly oppose any suggestion that we should have metal detectors in this school.”

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