GCSEs in brief: Student's exam song to be sold as a single

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A 15-year-old GCSE music student has proved a hit with a song she composed specifically for her exam.

Not only did the song, "With You", lead to an A-grade pass in the exam itself but next week it will be released nationally as a pop single.

Naomi Higginson, a pupil at Oldham Hulme Grammar School, who uses the stage name Caleidra when she sings, is delighted with the song's success.

"I had to write two pieces – one classical and one pop," she said. "I took so long over the classical piece that I didn't have much time for the pop one!"

The song, a rock ballad, is based on a real-life love story about a long-distance relationship. Her tutor, Rachel Shapey, said: "When I heard this song I couldn't believe it was the work of a Year 11 pupil – it was better than some songs on the radio."

It will be released by Nova Distribution – part of Universal Music – on 26 August.

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