A talented pianist from Pool Academy is celebrating after being awarded top marks in her latest grading exams.

Nicole, year 9, received the good news this week that she had passed her Piano Grade Two with a distinction.

The talented student, who took the exam on March 23, had to wait almost a month to find out her score. She was given 93 out of a possible 100 marks.

She said: “My piano teacher told me the results and that I had got the grade.

“My nan, grandad, mum and dad were so proud of me.”

Nicole, who started learning the piano when she was 10 years old, said she enjoyed playing a wide range of music from pop to classical.

To achieve the grade two qualification she was asked to memorise three pieces, each a minute long, as well as perform scales and play a new piece of music given to her during the exam.

The result was thanks to hours of hard work and practice.

She said: “I practiced nearly every day and I had to memorise each of the three pieces to play to the examiner. They were each a minute long and it can be hard to remember but I managed it.”

Nicole says she is now continuing to work on improving her musical skills in order to pass higher exams in the future.

“I am now starting grade three,” she said. “I want to do quite well with the piano.”