Drama – LAMDA

Drama – LAMDA

LAMDA tuition at Caterham School Academic Year 2019-2020

The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) examinations have been a consistently successful enrichment activity at Caterham School for many years.   LAMDA is the UK’s largest Speech and Drama board and a nationally recognised qualification in communication and performance, which is why we feel they are an important element of a full education. 

LAMDA examinations are designed to improve standards in communication through spoken word and to support the creative, intellectual and social development of the individual as a whole.   LAMDA examinations are about achievement and provide an opportunity to develop important life-skills, such as self-confidence and the ability to communicate clearly. 

Caterham School offers LAMDA tuition in a range of performance and communication examinations. 


Speaking Verse & Prose

  • Designed to develop the skills necessary for effective communication of the written word. Developing a strong speaking voice and memory skills. Designed for individual candidates.


  • Developing acting skills required for communicating character and context. Developing a strong, expressive speaking voice and good memory skills by learning and performing monologues and duologues. Designed for solo, duologue or group performances.

Devising Drama

  • Developing creativity by exploring ideas and themes through drama, and realising them through devised dramatic performances. Designed for solo, duo or group performances.


  • Gaining an understanding of non-verbal communication by exploring physicality and movement, and putting it into a dramatic performance. Designed for solo or duo performances.

Public Speaking

  • Developing essential skills for constructing and delivering talks, presentations and speeches. Designed for individual candidates. 

Reading for Performance

  • Developing a recital around a theme of the pupil’s choice and developing an introduction, links and a conclusion to tie it all together. Prose and verse selections do not need to be learnt. Designed for individual candidates


  • A new qualification in three levels designed to allow pupils to focus purely on some of the best Shakespearian speeches and study the language used. Designed for individuals at Level One and individuals and duologues at Levels Two and Three.

LAMDA examinations are offered by LAMDA specialists offering individual, pair or small group weekly tuition.  LAMDA lessons last 40 minutes and are conducted on a weekly basis with an average of 10 lessons per term.  Pupils in paired or group lessons will not necessarily take an exam together and teaching time is shared between the pupils. Rates for the academic year 2019 – 2020 are included in this letter.    You will be invoiced termly by the school. 

Pupils are withdrawn from their normal timetabled class on a rotational basis, missing the same subject no more than twice each half term.  Sixth formers or any students already missing a lesson for a regular commitment such as music will have their lessons in free periods, lunchtimes or before/ after school where there is availability.  While every effort is made to accommodate grouping or paired preferences, priorities within the curriculum will guide the timetable.  Lessons will work on a rota system to avoid missing the same lesson regularly. Naturally, lunchtime slots are extremely popular, and it may be necessary to be placed on a waiting list at present for such a slot.

Examinations are held within school at least twice a year.  Pupils will be advised by their teacher about the best time to enter for an examination.   Examination fees are in addition to timetabled lessons and will correspond to the grade being taken and will be billed by the school once a pupil has been entered. These are listed in full on the LAMDA website. Once a pupil has been entered for an examination, LAMDA will charge the examination fee and any withdrawals will not be entitled to a refund. If a pupil is ill on the day of the examination, LAMDA will provide a Transfer Credit Voucher for half the amount of the exam to be used to retake the exam.

Examinations are offered in Grades 1 – 8 in all performance and communication options. The LAMDA teacher will decide which grade and exam is suitable for a pupil, UCAS points are attached to Level 3 qualifications – Grades 6, 7, 8 which are awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold medals respectively.  

Cost of tuition

Solo – 45 minute lesson


Paired – 45 minute lesson


Group – 3 students – 45 minute lesson


The pupil will not be charged for any lesson where the teacher is not present.  Pupils are liable for the cost of any lessons that they miss through illness or other commitments. This includes any additional school commitments, including sports fixtures, which occur after the timetabling of lessons. In exceptional circumstances, a teacher may, at their discretion and only if possible within their timetable, reschedule a lesson if they have been given advance notice of an unavoidable absence. It is the responsibility of the student to inform teachers in advance of any lessons they miss and to catch up on work.

Requesting Tuition

Tuition may be requested at any time during a pupils’ school career by submitting a request form to the LAMDA Co-Ordinator, Alexandra Yankova.  Where a request cannot be immediately accommodated, the pupil’s name will be added to a waiting list and they will be offered tuition at the earliest possible opportunity.

Cancelling tuition

A half term’s notice must be given in writing.

If you require further information or have any questions, please contact me at alexandra.yankova@caterhamschool.co.uk

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