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Ed Sheeran Report Card Reveals He Failed Music College

Ed Sheeran Report Card Reveals He Failed Music College

Ed Sheeran is known as one of the world's most disgustingly popular music stars, worth an estimated $110 million and now also happily married to his childhood sweetheart.

But as he winds down his two-year-old tour for 2017 album Divide - which concludes at the end of August and has grossed more than $600m worldwide - it transpires that things once weren't nearly as peachy for the singer, who's not always been quite as celebrated for his musical prowess.

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In a new exhibition at Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, visitors are able to take a look at a letter informing Ed that he got straight Fs in a music performance course, with failing marks for modules including 'Songcraft' and 'Professional Musicianship'.

Ed Sheeran's music college report card. Credit: AlbanPix
Ed Sheeran's music college report card. Credit: AlbanPix

The Ed Sheeran Made In Suffolk exhibition, curated by Ed's dad John, features many of the star's personal objects and memorabilia from his early life and career.

But the jewel in the crown has to be the college report sheet from his time at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Surrey, where he started a diploma in 2009.

In the accompanying exhibition book, John explains that Ed eventually dropped out of music college, claiming he had grown 'disillusioned' by the course.

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He also attributed his son's shortcomings on the music course to him dropping out to tour with Just Jack, saying: "Ed had just started at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford," John recalled.

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Ed Sheeran. Credit: PA
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"Just three weeks into the course and already disillusioned with it, he asked his tutors for permission to go on the tour but they refused.

"He then rang us [John and wife Imogen] to say that he was determined to go, even if it meant him leaving college."

A letter formalising his resulting failure was apparently sent to him a year later.

The exhibition also showcases other, erm, highlights from Sheeran's formative years, including a poster for his first gig in 2005 (where tickets were just £3) and a snap from a school production of Grease.

Despite the straight Fs on his report card, thankfully there were some people who had Sheeran's back when he was younger.

Baby-faced Ed in 2011. Credit: PA
Baby-faced Ed in 2011. Credit: PA

A certificate shows the star was named 'Most Likely To Be Famous' at Thomas Mills High School in Framlington, Suffolk - which turned out to be a fairly accurate inkling - while a 2004 school report describes the form 8JE student as a 'natural performer'.

"Obviously at the moment his voice is beginning to change although he still has quite a lot in his higher register," it said.

If you fancy popping down to see evidence that even Ed Sheeran isn't perfect, the exhibition is on at Christchurch Mansion until 3 May 2020, and admission is free.

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Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity, Ed Sheeran

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]