Schools Tribute To Garforth Mum And Child

Schools have paid tribute to a "much-loved" deputy headteacher and her "clever, enthusiastic, hard-working" eight-year-old daughter after they were found dead in their home in Leeds.

The bodies of 31-year-old Sarah Laycock, deputy headteacher at Wheldon Infant School in Castleford, and her daughter Abigail Miller were found on Saturday.

Ms Laycock's partner John Miller, 36, was arrested at a nature reserve several miles away from their home in Garforth and is currently receiving treatment in hospital.

Jillian Sabourn, headteacher at Ninelands Primary School where Abigail was a pupil, said: "This news has been devastating for everyone here at the school.

"Abigail has been with Ninelands Primary School since nursery. She was an absolute delight to have in the school.

"Abigail was clever, enthusiastic, hard-working in every aspect of her work and a role model for other children. She particularly enjoyed PE and dance. Abigail was a thoughtful child who would regularly help other children.

"The school are absolutely devastated she will no longer be with us."

A spokesman for Leeds City Council children's services said two senior educational psychologists had been at the school working alongside the headteacher to support staff and pupils.

Tracey Lake, headteacher at Wheldon Infant School, where Ms Laycock was deputy headteacher, said: "We are extremely shocked and saddened by this tragic incident and our prayers are with Sarah's family and friends.

"Sarah was a much loved part of this school community and was highly respected by her colleagues and all the children - her loss will be deeply felt throughout the school."