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Young Joel Smashes Grade 5 Exam

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All of us at Booths want to say a massive well done to Alex‘s drum student Joel Wolstencroft, who at just 9-years-old has smashed his Grade 5 Rockschool drum exam with an unbelievable 92%!

Joel’s achievement earned him a spot in the Bolton News, explaining: “When I first started, I thought it was great because I was hitting things. Then I started drumming properly.

When I’m drumming I feel like I’m going to be the best drummer in the world. I only told my friends today when I got back to school.

As soon as I said to one of my friends that I’ve passed my grade five exams everyone just told their friends and they all came running over to me.”

Joel’s Dad David said: “He’s done absolutely brilliantly, I can’t emphasise it enough. For his age, he’s progressed quickly. He’s been playing drums quite a long time. He was so obsessed with doing it we wanted to get him doing something with it.” Read more at

Joel is now thinking of completing his higher grades. From all the team, congratulations to all our pupils who achieved success in their latest Rockschool exams.