The Prep Department has been organising LAMDA examinations for over ten years, but this is the first year that all Prep classes will be participating in the examinations. LAMDA was founded in 1861, making it the oldest drama school in the UK and one of the most distinguished in the world. It is an international leading conservatoire and a globally recognised examination and awarding body for the dramatic arts.
In the Prep Department we focus on communication examinations, which trace their origins back to 1880 when LAMDA set out to raise the value to society of creativity, innovation and authentic, confident communication. Fast forward over a hundred and fifty years later and, if a survey a few years ago in the Financial Times of Chief Executive Officers of FTSE 100 Companies is anything to go by, LAMDA is as relevant today as it was back in the Victorian period.
A former Prep pupil, now at university, highlighted her LAMDA experience in the Prep Department as the key advantage when she had to give a presentation in public. We are not looking to emulate the late Audrey Hepburn in ‘My Fair Lady’ (though you never know!), but to give the Prep girls another enjoyable opportunity. In addition, we acknowledge that a foundation in public speaking is most important and beneficial but often overlooked in this age of electronic communications and social media.
Mr Breslin, Preparatory Teacher