John Allen, Principal of King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy, told ITV Central News:
"I was just absolutely shocked and devastated. I'd heard about the crash and that two of the victims were from Birmingham. When the names came through, it was a complete and utter shock.
"Ethan was a very kind, young man. A genuinely kind young man. He was very gentle, well-mannered. People respected him for that. He always had a smile on his face.
"Lots of friends, very hard-working, never ever in trouble, an absolutely adorable young person."