London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA) has been in existence for more than 100 years. For the last six years the Lower School has offered LAMDA lessons and examinations and has achieved a 100% pass rate with over 90% achieving a distinction or merit. There are 2-3 exam sessions per academic year in which pupils perform their work before an external LAMDA examiner.
LAMDA is QCA accredited and once a pupil reaches ‘medal level’, UCAS points are attributed to each exam passed.
Lessons are taught in small groups during the school day and cover an array of subjects from Acting & Musical Theatre to Poetry Reading & Public Speaking’. There really is something for everyone!
Besides the skills they learn in each subject, LAMDA gives children the confidence and the freedom to explore their imaginations.
Music plays a vital role in Lower School life. We strongly believe in the benefits that it can bring to every pupil, developing their skills in the classroom and in the numerous music groups that meet each week.
Instrumentalists can join a string orchestra, wind band, Hot Air, recorder club, guitar club or percussion group, all of which are led by musical specialists. We consider that singing is central to a musical education and our large School Choir is open to all. There is also a smaller Chamber Choir for which pupils who enjoy a challenge may audition.
This year, our choirs have performed a number of times in the Cathedral at school and charity events, and were recently awarded an Outstanding adjudication at the Norfolk County Music Festival. The Chamber Choir have also been invited to sing at a Gala Night in the Theatre Royal as part of the Norwich School Arts Festival.
75% of our pupils learn instruments, many of them taught within the school by our numerous peripatetic teachers. There are many opportunities for soloists to perform at our regular Informal Concerts. We also arrange concerts on a larger scale, at which all of our music groups perform.