Speech and Drama
More than 280 pupils take Speech and Drama classes at our Schools. The classes aim to promote personal confidence, to develop communication and performance skills and to instil an appreciation of literature and theatre to last a lifetime. Exercises are used to help eliminate any imperfections in speech and pupils are then encouraged to work in 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. Pupils gradually gain confidence by performing within a group, as part of a duo or on their own, encountering a wide variety of ancient and modern literature well outside the normal curriculum.
Pupils are prepared for London Academy (LAMDA) examinations which are held at the end of each term. SES has an outstanding record of success in these examinations with thousands of pupils over the years having worked their way up through the examination grades. Many have continued studying the subject in the sixth form and gone on to achieve success at Bronze, Silver and Gold Medal level, using the subject as a platform to go on to drama school and work professionally.
Although it is not the specific aim of Speech and Drama classes to create professional performers, several ex-pupils have gone on to pursue acting as a career. Lucy Cohu – who took her LAMDA Gold Medal with us – recently won an International Emmy award in New York for Best Performance by an Actress.