55 pupils at Thorpe Hall School sat their LAMDA speech and drama examinations at the end of last term. An exceptional set of results was achieved with every pupil attaining a distinction – the highest award possible.
LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) is popular across the whole school, with pupils from Years 1 to 10 opting to take part in weekly lessons. There is also a an after-school provision to help prepare candidates in the lead up to the examinations.
Taught by our Head of LAMDA, Mrs Jolly, the creative sessions help to develop performance and communication skills and build confidence. To gain their distinction, an individual mark of 80% or over must be awarded. Every Thorpe Hall candidate achieved this grade, with one student achieving an outstanding 97 marks out of 100.
Mrs Jolly commented: “I am so thrilled for all our students. It takes a lot of effort and dedication to be ready for a LAMDA exam and everyone has worked so hard. For them all to have been awarded distinction is just a fantastic result and I am so very proud of them.”
A LAMDA exam is the speech and drama equivalent of a music grade, which begin at basic levels and culminates at Grade 8. The exams use performance to develop self-confidence, physical presence, and a strong speaking voice. Seniors can use LAMDA lessons and exam preparation time for the skills section of their Duke of Edinburgh award plus LAMDA exams count towards the all-important UCAS points total when applying for university.