Twenty-three pupils at Derby Grammar School took their LAMDA speech and drama examinations recently. All achieved fantastic results, but Tom and Omer achieved some of the highest marks Mrs Simpson has ever seen!

LAMDA classes are popular across the whole school, from Year 3 to 13. The sessions help to develop communication and performance skills, as well as confidence. They are taught by our peripatetic teacher, Mrs Simpson.

December saw one of the highest marked sessions yet. The pupils were entered in to a range of subjects, including Speaking Verse and Prose, Acting, Speaking in Public and Reading for Performance, and at a variety of different grade levels.

All performed extremely well, but of particular note were Sixth Former Sam who passed his Grade 8 in Reading for Performance and achieved 88 marks out of 100, Omer Khan aged 10 who passed his Speaking Verse and Prose Grade 2 with a mark of 92 out of 100 and, most impressively of all, Tom Cross aged 9, who passed his Speaking Verse and Prose Grade 3 with an incredible 97 out of 100.

Tom, from Uttoxeter, loves to perform and has already appeared in a number of theatre productions.

He said: “I was shocked and lost for words when Mrs Simpson told me my score. I really enjoy doing my pieces, it helps me to be much more confident.”

Mrs Simpson added: ‘As always, I am incredibly proud of my students. It takes a lot of effort and dedication in order to be ready for a LAMDA exam and I am glad that the results reflected all of the hard work that went in. Well done everyone!’

Well done to all involved. Mrs Simpson is now looking forward to entering more of her talented pupils in to the next examination rounds in a few weeks’ time.

Derby Grammar School - LAMDA success
Omer and Tom