LAMDA: Speech & Drama

LAMDA started to offer examinations in speech and drama to the public over 130 years ago. Since then, they have developed an outstanding reputation for delivering excellence in the provision of Communication and Performance examinations internationally. The process of preparing for a LAMDA examination helps students to develop a broad range of skills that will serve them throughout life. 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
• research and create persuasive formal presentations
• create and defend arguments
• engage in constructive informal conversation
• work both on his/her own and participate as a member of a team.
LAMDA students at Ampleforth will meet every week with our specialist teacher, Miss Gair, to develop their communication skills and prepare for an eventual examination in their chosen area. These lessons will be tailored to the student’s individual needs; always focussing on supporting and strengthening their communication skills and their confidence. Both individual and shared lessons are available.

No matter what direction students may choose to follow in the future, LAMDA exams provide the opportunity to nurture their natural abilities. These critical skills will enhance pupils’ self-confidence to engage and contribute fully, whether at school, in further education, in work, or in the community.
Succeeding in a LAMDA exam demonstrates not only that students have met rigorous assessment criteria in a particular discipline, but also that they have grown as individuals through participating in a worthwhile activity that is respected internationally.