Ed Sheeran has gone onto achieve world stardom status since his days at College. However, it has now emerged that he actually failed his music course as a result of concentrating on his career. To be honest, it was a pretty good decision.

Furthermore, the letter from the college informing Ed on his F grade has been put on show at his exhibition in Ipswich.

Ed Sheeran

Eds Dad, John Sheeran is the chap behind the exhibition.

John writes in the programme: “Ed had just started at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford.

“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 to say that he was determined to go, even if it meant him leaving college.”

Alongside John, Max Stocker also helped co-ordinate the exhibition. Max is a press officer at Ipswich Borough Council whom Ed worked with when he was 15 as part of his work experience. Ironically, John recalled. “I asked him what he wanted to do with his life. He said he wanted to be a singer-songwriter and tour the world. My immortal response was, ‘Well that isn’t going to happen so why don’t you go back to school and concentrate on your GCSEs? And I’ve never lived it down.”


Another piece of history which is on display is the original lyrics to ‘Castle On The Hill’.

Ed Sheeran

Speaking about the exhibition, Ed said. “My dad has uncovered all sorts of stuff, going way back to my childhood and teenage years. He seems to have kept everything — even my very first song lyrics, when I was about 13. I’m glad he did.”

The exhibition opens today.

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George Millington