A determined schoolgirl from west London has won her battle to get an A-level music syllabus changed to include female composers.

Jessy McCabe was outraged to notice that out of the 63 set works on her course, not one was composed by a woman.

The 17-year-old, who attends Twyford CoE High School in Acton, wrote to the Edexcel exam board back in March but her efforts to incite change went unheard.

Undeterred, Jessy took her cause to the internet and an e-petition she started gathered nearly 3,500 signatures.

Following this enormous show of support, Pearson, the publishing company that provides Edexcel qualifications, contacted her to arrange a private meeting earlier this month at its London office with UK managing director Mark Anderson.

He issued a personal apology and guaranteed the representation of women on the autumn 2016 syllabus.

Jessy, who is an accomplished flute and piano player, said: “Excluding women from the syllabus is portraying a skewed view of history.

“It is important to learn why there were fewer women, but that shouldn’t still be the case – we should learn from history.”

Now Jessy has contacted education secretary Nicky Morgan in the hope of a governmental initiative to effect this change across all exam boards.

Jessy is awaiting a response but said she is hopeful her campaign will make others recognize and confront normalised sexism.

She said: “If we all had our eyes open and realised inequality was around us, anyone could do this.

“I’m a normal 17-year-old.”