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."
The family of a father and son from Birmingham killed in a car crash in East Yorkshire said their loss is "beyond belief".
Tributes have been paid to a 14-year-old boy killed with his father in a car crash in Yorkshire on Saturday
A father and his teenage son from the Midlands have been killed in a collision between two vehicles on a bridge in Yorkshire.