Derby Grammar School pupils are celebrating after receiving their results in the recent London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) examinations.

LAMDA classes are available to all pupils, with many taking up the sessions which help to cultivate communication and performance skills, as well as develop confidence. They are taught by the School’s in-house peripatetic LAMDA teacher, Hayley Simpson.

The recent examinations were taken by 22 pupils from as young as 8 up to 18. Examination levels ranged from Entry Level through to six pupils from Year 13 pupils taking Grade 8, the highest level achievable. Each scored highly, with Head Prefect, Robbie Cooper, achieving a High Distinction grade.

Grades 6 to 8 are awarded UCAS points which can be used towards university applications.

Year 6 pupil, Jeona, entered the Grade 4 examination, which is particularly impressive given his young age. He achieved a well-deserved Merit.

Pupils are now focusing on the next round of LAMDA examinations as well as their performances for the Derby Arts Festival which, as a School, we have entered for the past five years. Our 2018 group of entrants is our biggest ever, with 27 pupils entering verse speaking and acting classes, and still more entering the choir classes.

Mrs Simpson said: “I am very proud of my students who work incredibly hard to produce a consistently high standard of work and performance.

We’re all excited about the Derby Arts Festival. Last year we were awarded two first places aswell as many seconds and thirds. This year I’m aiming to beat last year’s record and bring back even more trophies.”

Derby Arts Festival takes place over three weeks starting on 13 April.