The staff of Buckingham Primary School paid tribute today to former pupil Charlie Saunders, aged 12, who died tragically in the Alps at the weekend.
Headteacher Jan Jones told the Advertiser there was “an enormous sadness” in the school today.
Mrs Jones said: “Charlie was a fun-loving, bright young man who had a passion for life and adventure.
“He was a gifted sportsman and team player, loved by everyone who knew him.
“He was a thoughtful, caring boy who was always loyal to his friends and family.
“He came from a wonderful close family who were 150 per cent supportive of him in school and beyond.
“His future could have been anything he wanted it to be. He was talented and academic with a gorgeous personality.
“He was a joy to teach and popular with everyone. Throughout his time at BPS, he contributed enormously to all aspects of school life.
“The world is a sadder place without him. He will be greatly missed.
“Our thoughts are with his mum, Sandra, and his sister, Kate, at this devastating time.
Charlie’s sports coach, Fiona Darling-Glinski, said: “Charlie was the backbone of our athletics squad at Buckingham Primary School. We could never have achieved the success we had here without him.
“He was dependable and enthusiastic with blistering speed and ability.
“He achieved county level with ease as an under 11 and an under 13 and displayed potential to develop further as his training progressed.
“I was very pleasedwhen he decided to continue to train with us at the Buckingham Athletics Club once he had moved on to the Royal Latin School.
“Charlie had a well-balanced attitude to his sport, never arrogant and always having fun whether in training or in competition.
“He was a pleasure to coach and a pleasure to watch and we will never forget him.”