The London Academy of Dramatic Art (LAMDA) is one of the oldest and most traditional examination boards. Founded in 1861, it has a reputation for excellence and specialises in performance and communication examinations.

It is recognised internationally and the examinations are held in high esteem across the globe. Higher grades in Public Speaking, Acting and Verse and Prose even carry UCAS points due to their academic standing and are a welcome addition to any CV. Lower grades develop life skills, essential in today’s society and for future careers.

At New Hall School, we are proud to offer our students the LAMDA ‘English as a Spoken Language’ examination syllabus throughout Years 7 to 9 within the drama curriculum. This is an innovation that the school has developed over the past few years, meaning every child is given the opportunity to experience these worthwhile examinations. This system is exceptionally rare and, in most schools, students simply do not get this opportunity.

In Years 10 to 13, LAMDA classes become an optional extra that students may choose to enrol in.


LAMDA co-curricular clubs are available to all year groups, offering the performance and group examinations.

These examinations prepare life skills essential in the wider world and are appropriate for all students, regardless of pathway or career aspirations. The examinations have been designed to focus on use of oral language, communication and listening skills as well as speech writing skills.

Through the course, students learn to select, structure and adapt language to suit various subjects and audiences, in order to engage the listener. Students write their own speeches and practise communication skills, including projection, clarity, diction and emphasis. They learn to use breath and pause appropriately, whilst maintaining a sense of spontaneity.

The examinations also include a conversation or ‘interview’ section which help to develop students' impromptu speaking, interview and conversation techniques.

The grades, beginning at grade one in Year 7, gradually increase in difficulty. Grades four and five are equivalent in learning to NVQ level two or GCSE learning up to an A grade, whilst grades six to eight carry UCAS points and are considered equivalent to A Level learning (according to the National Qualifications Framework).