Drama: Bede’s Pupils Break School Record for Highest LAMDA Exam Grades

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22 Bede’s pupils from across the year groups shone in the Senior School’s latest round of LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) examinations.

All participating pupils achieved a Distinction at Grades 5-8, with the exception of one very high Merit (at just two marks off a Distinction). Special mention must go to Tom McGovern, Upper Sixth, who scored 95/100, which is Bede’s highest ever LAMDA grade.

LAMDA examinations require pupils to perform excerpts from two or more scenes from various historical periods; from Ancient Greece, to Elizabethan and Jacobean, to the modern day. The pupils then take part in a Q&A session with the examiner and explore Performing Arts theory.

As well as Acting, LAMDA offers modules in Speaking Verse and Prose, Public Speaking and Musical Theatre. A LAMDA qualification at Grade 8 is the equivalent to one GCSE in UCAS points.

Miss Conlon, LAMDA Teacher and Wardrobe Manager at Bede’s, says, “We are thrilled with the pupils’ achievements, which are testament to their hard work and dedication to the course. Considering we are only in our second year of offering LAMDA examinations at Bede’s, we are seeing a very high standard of performance across the board.

“The LAMDA course offers all pupils the chance to gain a recognised qualification, whether they hope to pursue the Performing Arts professionally or choose to sign up as a fun challenge. It is also wonderful to see pupils grow in confidence, as they are given the opportunity to build friendships and work with other pupils creatively to express themselves and achieve their goals.

“We do have spaces available for the next academic year, and I encourage all interested pupils to contact me with any questions about studying for a LAMDA grade.”


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