Pupils Gain Outstanding LAMDA Results
The Stamford Endowed Schools remains the largest independent centre for London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) examinations in the country. In the past year alone a total of 281 pupils passed their exams, with 115 of them gaining the minimum 80% necessary to achieve a pass with Distinction. 22 pupils passed their Bronze Medal, 22 passed their Silver Medal and a further 15 gained a prestigious Gold Medal.
The LAMDA classes encourage pupils to work on a variety of performance based disciplines in order to develop their physical, vocal and imaginative skills. These include acting, improvisation, mime, public speaking, reading for performance and the recital of verse and prose.
The Gold medallists undertook a particularly testing examination to gain their results. The students performed three scenes in contrasting styles and they were then questioned about a particular theatrical practitioner.
Worthy of particular note are Louise Thomson, Lizzie Purcell, Bronte Philips and Hetty Mintern, all Year 13. Louise managed a wonderful 88% to gain her Distinction at Gold Medal while juggling her many commitments as Head Girl: Lizzie returned from major surgery to achieve her Gold Medal Distinction; and both Bronte and Hetty completed the impressive achievement of gaining Distinctions at Bronze, Silver and Gold Medal level.
Paul Galloway, Head of Speech and Drama at SES, said: “Year on year SES pupils grow in confidence through their performances and their technical skills continue to develop. It is a pleasure to see so many pupils being inspired by discovering the joys of good literature.”