A school in Chester has been awarded a gold certificate by the Incorporated Society of Musicians for its success in GCSE music.

More than 20% of all GCSE students at The Hammond School achieved an A*- C in music GCSE in 2015, putting the school in the top 87 schools nationally.

Chief executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians Deborah Annetts said: “Music is a hugely important subject in itself, for future professional careers and for wider learning in a school; it adds huge benefits to the wider curriculum, school and community life and educational opportunity. As the professional body for musicians, we are delighted to recognise this high level of achievement with this certificate.”

The certificate is supported by the ISM Trust (www.ismtrust.org) , the charitable arm of the Incorporated Society of Musicians. The Trust was created in 2015 to promote and support music education and music itself.

Hammond students are also celebrating after receiving their London College of Music diplomas (DipLCM) in Musical Theatre Performance.

The students, who range in ages from 16-18, worked to gain their diplomas as part of a four-day examination period at the school, which also included music grades from four upwards.

The students are now entitled to use the letters DipLCM after their names.