[H]unter Hall School in Penrith, celebrated a clean sweep across the board for children who have been studying for Speech and Drama exams (LAMDA), with 100% pass rate.
LAMDA (founded 1861) is the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and is the oldest drama school in the UK. As such it has a global reputation for excellence. A LAMDA Exam is the speech and drama equivalent of a music grade, covering a range of disciplines including acting, devising drama, miming, speaking verse and prose, reading for performance, using spoken English, speaking in public and musical theatre.
Amongst the 17 Hunter Hall pupils who were all awarded very high marks, two children gained an amazing 100% in their examinations! They were overjoyed that all their hard work and efforts had paid dividends and they achieved such incredible results.
Head Teacher Mrs Donna Vinsome received a phone call the day before the results were announced from the children’s tutor Helena Morris-Lockwood from Stagecoach Theatre Arts Ltd in Carlisle to tell her of the outstanding results. The children were recently presented with their certificates in assembly.
Mrs Vinsome said: “It is wonderful to see that all the children have received such outstanding marks. Alongside their teacher Helena and the support of their parents, they have worked really hard and all gained so much confidence in public speaking; a crucial life skill that will serve them well in later life.”
The process of preparing for and succeeding in a LAMDA examination helps the pupils to develop a broad range of skills that will help in future occupations. Across the range, LAMDA examinations develop a learner’s ability to read easily, fluently and with good understanding, expand vocabulary to improve powers of self-expression, improve confidence in speaking and listening, memorise and recall information, engage in constructive informal conversation, work both on his/her own and participate as a member of a team.