PUPIL Faye Carpenter has finished the school year on a high note – by becoming a qualified singing coach years ahead of her time.
The 15-year-old Year 10 pupil passed her Diploma in Musical Theatre exam at the London College of Music.
Faye, who goes to Purbrook Park School in Waterlooville, said she was thrilled with having passed the exam, which is usually only taken by 17 and 18-year-olds.
She said: ‘I was proud and pleased that all the hard work had paid off.’
Faye became interested in singing through her older cousin Matt Sackman, 27, of Havant, who has long had a passion for amateur theatre.
She said: ‘I enjoyed going to see his shows so I decided to take it further and get involved as well.’
Faye said her first lead in a musical was the title role in Annie, performed by the South Downe Musical Society.
She has also starred in productions of Fiddler on the Roof and Footloose.
‘I like the adrenaline rush it gives you,’ Faye said.
‘And I like being able to go on stage to perform to people and seeing them enjoying it.
‘It’s great to be able to carry on doing something you enjoy and getting stronger at it.’
When she was 10, Faye started singing lessons with teacher Jane Peglar, who encouraged her to study for the musical drama diploma.
The exam required her to sing five songs and give a full brief about the performances with information about each song and characters.
Faye’s diploma means she can teach singing, which she plans to do with the Urban Vocal Group.
The group, which is based in Bedhampton, is planning to open new branches in Portsmouth and Chichester.
Faye said she would like to continue singing in the future and perhaps pursue it as a profession.
She said: ‘It’s definitely a path I’d consider, whether it would be as a main job or as a sideline, I don’t know.’
Purbrook Park headteacher Paul Foxley said Faye was an inspiration for others.
He said: ‘We are all extremely proud of Faye who is such a fantastic role model to all of our brilliant pupils at Purbrook Park School.’