175 Stamford Endowed Schools’ Pupils Pass LAMDA Exams
The Stamford Endowed Schools remains the largest independent centre for London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) examinations in the country. After the most recent examination session, a total of 175 pupils at the Schools passed their LAMDA examinations in a variety of performance based disciplines – including Acting, Public Speaking, Devised Performance, Mime, Verse and Prose Recital and Reading for Performance.
They consisted of 81 Stamford High School girls, 61 Stamford Junior School pupils and 33 Stamford School boys. In all 24 pupils passed (50%), 73 gained a Merit (65%) and 78 achieved a Distinction (80%). 38 pupils took their high-level, medal grade examinations, of which 23 passed their Bronze Medal examination, seven passed Silver and eight achieved their Gold Medal – five of them with Distinction.
This examination session involved the highest number of Stamford School boys ever entered at the Medals level – 13 – and all were successful. Each of these 38 pupils now receives not only their LAMDA medal but also valuable UCAS points to help their university applications.
Worthy of particular praise are the four boys and one girl who achieved Distinction at Gold Medal. They are: Conor Baum, Adam Cox, Andrew Fox (scoring 90%), David Jordan and Imogen Beech.
The pupils were prepared by Paola Wigmore and Paul Galloway at the Junior School, by Pattie Samuels and Paul Galloway at the High School and by Paul Galloway at Stamford School.
Paul Galloway, Head of Speech and Drama at the Endowed Schools, said:
“My colleagues and I are absolutely delighted with the results. They represent a great deal of hard work and dedication from our pupils and we congratulate them all on their achievement.
In the case of the particularly successful Gold Medallists, many of them have been working their way up through the grades over the past seven years or more, so this represents the culmination of all that effort.
We hope that they will go on participating in drama in future at university, in amateur companies or even at a professional level. But, even if they don`t actually take to the stage, we hope that we have introduced them to a wide range of drama and helped instil in them a love of literature, a fondness for the spoken word and the ability to communicate clearly, confidently and effectively for the rest of their lives.”