A former pupil from St Clement Danes School topped a list which highlights future music stars.

Jack Garratt, who went to the Chenies Road school between 2003 and 2010, topped the BBC’s Sound of 2016 list.

The experimental songwriter follows in the footsteps of music stars Adele, Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding who have also topped the list.

Teachers at St Clement Danes School paid tribute to his successes, saying he was always “incredibly talented”.

Director of music at the school, Anna Stevens, said: "Jack always got involved with as much as he could.

"He played the trombone in the orchestra and jazz band, but also played drums and guitar for them.

“He sang in choral groups, toured with the school to Holland, Italy, Normandy and Prague and, as he moved up the school, worked with younger students, helping them with demos and encouraging their musical aspirations.

“He studied A Levels in music and music technology and always professed a love of music in general, rather than a love of a particular style or musician; he was as interested in lessons on classical music as he was on more contemporary artists, knowing that he could learn something from all genres of music.”

Garratt started experimenting with music while living at his parent’s home in Little Chalfont.

He wrote his first song aged 12 and his music now features emotive singer-songwriter melodies and injects them with electronic beats and bass.

Ms Stevens continued: “Whilst at the school he wrote a piece specifically for the school’s Gospel Choir, for example. I remember him as a musician who always wore his heart on his sleeve – this made him an extremely engaging performer even when he was at school, and that does not seem to have changed.

“Jack has donated one of his tour caps to the music department who now award it to students who have performed particularly well in a lesson; it is now considered a huge honour to wear the ‘Jack hat’ in music.”