The King’s School in Grantham has paid tribute to former pupil Euan Coulthard who died this month in Durham where he was a university student.
Headmaster Frank Hedley said staff and students at the school were sad to learn of the death of Euan who was a student at King’s from 2006 to 2013.
Euan, 19, went missing on Wednesday, January 14, after a night out in the town. Police conducted searches of the city and the River Wear. Euan’s body was recovered from the river on Friday.
Mr Hedley said: “Euan was an exceptional student who contributed richly to school life. He had a passion for academic study; was a voracious reader and had ‘top notch’ organisational skills. He picked up concepts very quickly and had a superb work ethic. Not surprisingly, intellectual curiosity combined with a superb attitude to learning resulted in A*/A grades at both GCSE and A-level. The school was delighted when Euan gained his place to study Law at Durham University.”
Mr Hedley added: “Euan was a fully rounded individual. He played violin in the school orchestra; was an NCO in the RAF Section of the school’s CCF and a highly regarded Deputy Head Prefect who was ever sensitive to the needs of other students. Sport was a driving passion too. He excelled at cricket, playing both for the XI and also at County level. In addition, he played rugby for the school and football for his local club in Bottesford.
“Most importantly of all he was a very fine human being with the qualities and values that The King’s School holds dearest: he had integrity, he looked out for others and he seized every opportunity to do good things with his life. We are proud to have known Euan and are ever grateful for his contribution to our community. We mourn his loss.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr and Mrs Coulthard and their family at this incredibly sad time.”