Lamont Casting Agency

Founded in 1861, LAMDA has been offering speech and drama exams for more than 130 years.

The exams are designed to develop the learner’s reading skills, expand their vocabulary, improve their powers of self-expression and memory and enhance their conversation and debating abilities.

Overall, their confidence is boosted and they are able to engage and contribute fully at school, in further education or at work. All the exams are rooted in encouraging participants to develop a love of literature, poetry and drama and thus improve standards of communication through the spoken word.  Predominately, pupils achieve Distinctions or Merits for their exams. We often have sessions where 100% of pupils achieve Distinctions – putting them in the top 10% of LAMDA entrants around the country.  Achieving high marks is commendable, of course, but pupils gain far more from their LAMDA experience :-

Communication – Children need to be good communicators – at school and in their chosen careers. The LAMDA training the pupils receive teaches them how to communicate effectively, clearly, confidently, with good pronunciation and strong projection.

Confidence – pupils are taught to be confident  in their abilities and develop self-belief allowing them to shine in any situation. Whether they are taking centre stage in a school production or going for a job interview, the skills learnt from LAMDA stay with them forever.

Qualifications – LAMDA exams are universally recognised as a formal qualification in public speaking and will enhance any CV.  The higher grades offer UCAS points enhancing any personal statement for university or college.

Succeeding in a LAMDA examination demonstrates not only that learners have met rigorous assessment criteria in a particular discipline, but also that they have grown as individuals through participating in a globally respected activity. Ultimately, it is this sense of achievement that empowers the individual.

The key to the results:
(P) Pass – 50 marks and over
(M) Merit – 65 marks and over
(D) Distinction – 80 marks and over


Congratulations to all pupils for gaining such excellent results in the last session of LAMDA exams.  24 children took the exams and there were 22 Distinctions and 2 high Merits.

The following children all got Distinction (with those gaining a fantastic 90+ marked with a *).

Introductory 3
Freddie Thomason*, Martha Last*

Jesikka Rajkumar*

Grade 1
Flyn Aindow*

Grade 2
Serafina Campolucci-Bordi*, Chayil Oyedeji

Grade 3
Ifeoluwa Oyedeji

Grade 4
Beth Edwards*, Alfie Molloy*, Jemima Brooks*, Verity Clark*, Alex Goldman, Harry Geldart

Grade 5
Evie Clark*, Ellie Edwards*, Isabel Chan

Grade 6

Kristina Rawsthorne* and Varun Premakantha

Grade 7
Ellis Coulter*, Jemima Hardaker*, Priya Lal*

Grade 8
Alex Lal*

Trophies for exam excellence went to:
Junior – Martha Last (96)
Intermediate – Verity Clark (98)
Senior – Ellie Edwards (98)