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Ed Sheeran's music teacher at Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham praises star for helping students

PUBLISHED: 14:01 06 January 2017 | UPDATED: 14:01 06 January 2017

Ed Sheeran leading a music workshop at Thomas Mills High School

Ed Sheeran leading a music workshop at Thomas Mills High School

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The teacher who taught Ed Sheeran music has praised the star for keeping to his "Suffolk roots" and helping students at his former school.

Richard Hanley, director of music at Thomas Mills High SchoolRichard Hanley, director of music at Thomas Mills High School

Richard Hanley, director of music at Thomas Mills High School, which Ed attended as a youngster, said “it’s been amazing to watch his career develop”.

“The really great thing is that he’s kept his Suffolk roots and his connection with the school,” he added.

“He has been back to lead some song-writing workshops at the school and is always really great with the students.

“He always comes across as really normal, grounded and down to earth.”

“He visited at the end of last term and you would not think for a minute that he was a global superstar.”

Reflecting on the new music that Ed released this morning, following a break of more than a year, Mr Hanley said: “It’s great – really catchy.”

The teacher says Ed’s talent was obvious from his school days.

“It’s nothing to do with me and all down to his natural ability, flair and hard work,” he added.

“He was always very determined to make it and had very supportive parents.

“The school just gave him the opportunities to perform as often as he wanted.”

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