Headteacher describes former pupil Pierre Barnes as a “charming little boy” following his disappearance

Pierre Barnes, 12, is pictured with his mother Florence and father Stephen
Pierre Barnes, 12, is pictured with his mother Florence and father Stephen

A former pupil of Ketton Primary School who has gone missing on a French island and believed by his family to have died has been fondly remembered.

Ketton headteacher Mandy Rogers said Pierre was a “charming little boy who always had a happy smile for everyone”.

The 12-year-old was a pupil at Ketton for more than two years when his family lived in Tixover. He left when he was in Year 2.

Pierre went missing on the small island of Porquerolles in the south of France on Saturday during a storm. He had arrived on the island that day with his family, who now live in Grantham.

A search team recovered his bicycle with a derailed chain and one of his shoes on a coastal path on Sunday morning.

The search was called off yesterday (Tuesday) and Pierre’s father Stephen Barnes, 57, has told the media he believes his son has died.

Pierre, a pupil at King’s School in Grantham, joined Ketton in the reception year and left when his family moved from Tixover. His older siblings Zoe, Desmond and Clemence also attended the school.

Mrs Rogers said: “We remember Pierre as a friendly, charming little boy who always had a happy smile for everyone. He had a very engaging and endearing personality.

“We are devastated for the Barnes family, who we knew and worked closely with for many years.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this dreadful time.”