Four young musicians hit a high note for Reigate Grammar School after achieving top marks in their Grade 8 Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) exams and each gaining a distinction.

Eleanor Medcalf, 14, Sacha Lee, 16, Sarah Cockerill, 17, and 15-year-old Emily Hart, all achieved the highest award possible before moving on to a diploma, typically undertaken by those wishing to become a professional musician.

To gain a distinction, candidates must achieve 130 or above out of a possible 150 marks. Eleanor is amongst the youngest in the school ever to achieve a Grade 8 with distinction.

She said: “It was wonderful to return to school with such good news for all us.

“I started playing the harp when I was six years old and it remains my favourite instrument.

“When I first started playing I was initially interested in the harp because it is such a beautiful instrument.” Sacha gained her Grade 8 distinction for violin, Sarah for voice and Emily for clarinet, while fellow pupil Erica Morley also gained a Grade 8 with merit for violin.

Over-all, the school achieved a 100% pass rate with a total of 30 students sitting ABRSM examinations. Simon Rushby, director of Music at Reigate Grammar School, said: “This is a wonderful achievement and my congratulations to all of the students whose dedication has brought rewards.”

He said: “It is a great way to start the term and bodes exceptionally well, as we have so many high profile concerts in the coming weeks, including our annual Dorking Halls Concert in February, which is always such a wonderful celebration of both the high standard and the enjoyment of music, which is shared by the community.”