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Tinie Tempah’s teachers talk

Rapper Tinie Tempah’s school teachers have opened up about the star’s days in uniform, saying he was a model student, but without a knack for punctuality.

Tinie – real name Patrick Okogwu – attended St Paul’s Academy in Greenwich, South East London and a recent documentary on the star has tracked down several of the ‘Pass Out’ star’s old teachers.

Vice principal and English teacher May Wheeler said that Tinie loves National Poetry day, and that despite his consistent tardiness: "He wanted to be involved on every level. Absolutely passionate about English."

Form tutor Emily Tudor also lamented the young Tempah’s lateness, but added: "He was very laid back, really kind."

The headteacher, principal Patrick Winston, can even quote Tinie’s lyrics, saying the star makes reference to his school days.

"He has made lots of references to our school. The amount of times I have heard, 'Would you risk it for a chocolate biscuit,' is phenomenal," said Winston.

The documentary ‘Written In The Stars: The Story of Tinie Tempah’ will air on December 12, watch the video for its namesake single below: