The former school of Manchester bombing victim Liam Curry has paid tribute to a "model student and fine young man"
The 19-year-old and 17-year-old girlfriend Chloe Rutherford, from South Shields, were among those killed after Monday night's atrocity at the Manchester Arena
Liam was a former pupil at St Wilfrid's RC College.
Today, headteacher Brendan Tapping said: "It is with great sadness that we have been made aware that Liam Curry, one of our former pupils, has lost his life in the attack in Manchester on Monday.
"Our heartfelt condolences, deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to Liam’s family, friends and all those affected by this tragic loss.
"He was a model student and a fine young man, remembered with great affection by all those who taught him.
"St Wilfrid’s are offering the fullest support possible to pupils, staff and parents, including access to counselling services with a dedicated team based on site.
"Special exam considerations will be applied as appropriate for any students involved in public exams.
"The school will be opening a book of condolence for pupils and staff in school."
The school will also be making available a book of condolence for the community that will be available at school reception between the hours of 9:30am and 11:30am on the following days:
* Friday, May 26
* Tuesday, May 30
* Wednesday, May 31
* Thursday, June 1
* Friday, June 2
Liam was also a former Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science student and member of the college’s Cricket Academy.
Judith Doyle, principal and chief executive at Gateshead College, said: "We are deeply saddened to hear the devastating news of our former student Liam Curry and his girlfriend Chloe.
"Liam was a dedicated, hardworking and talented sports student and member of our Cricket Academy. He had a bright and successful future ahead of him.
"Our heartfelt condolences are with Liam’s family and friends at this very difficult time."