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Exam Success for Trent LAMDA Students

Awards/Success Exams

Founded in 1861, The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) is the oldest provider of training and examination in Spoken English as well as the performing arts. In the 1880s LAMDA began offering speech tuition and exams to the wider public, not just those signed up to the academy. Since those early days, LAMDA has developed and increased the syllabus to include a variety of communication and performance exams. Accreditation means that students can now earn additional UCAS points for exams taken at Level Three (Grades 6, 7 and 8).

LAMDA was first introduced to Trent College in 2000 by Evadne Fisher, the then Director of Drama. Since its introduction, hundreds of students have taken over 2000 exams, covering all subjects: Speaking of Verse and Prose, Reading for Performance, Speaking in Public, Acting, Devising Drama and two people even chose to do Miming! Though some might associate LAMDA purely with acting, in recent years there has been an increase in the number of public speaking exams taken. These exams have helped students to prepare a speech or talk and given them techniques on how to present with confidence and clarity, as well as develop good conversational skills. Julia in Year 13 has found LAMDA to be “a fantastic way to increase my articulation which has helped me immensely with my confidence. I also believe that this has helped with my university interview preparation, along with improving a range of skills such as public speaking and presenting, which will be useful in many aspects of life.”

Students have worked on a variety of different topics from taking dance lessons, going on Safari, the empowerment of women today and football skills, through to the development of rap music and the 2017 General Election. The latter talks, presented by Year 12 student Tom, earned him an impressive 96% in his Grade Eight Gold Medal exam. However, Tom is not alone in achieving highly. Around 65% of students at Trent have achieved a Distinction this school year, including one of our youngest, first-time exam takers, Tom (Year 7) who passed his Grade Three exam with 93%. The other pupils who have achieved 90% or more this year are:

Year 7
Sebastian – Reading for Performance 3

Year 8
Harry – Speaking in Public 3
Hannah – Speaking Verse and Prose 4
Jack – Reading for Performance 4
Oliver – Speaking in Public 5
Emily – Acting 4

Year 9
Katy – Speaking Verse and Prose 6 Bronze Medal
Ruby – Acting 4

Year 11
Harmony – Speaking in Public 5
Freddy – Acting 7 Silver Medal

Year 12
Cameron  Speaking Verse and Prose 8 Gold Medal

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