St Peter's School


The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) is one of the oldest drama schools in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1861, it quickly established itself as a centre of excellence in performance training. LAMDA has provided theatre and the world of film and television with generation upon generation of first-class actors and expertly-trained stage managers across the world.

LAMDA began offering speech examinations to the public in the 1880s. Since then, these examinations have been refined and developed into a comprehensive system of performance evaluation by experts in education, acting and communication. In addition to being the UK’s largest statutory speech and drama awarding body, LAMDA Examinations has a reputation for excellence across the globe.

Their mission is to:

  • improve standards in communication through the spoken word
  • foster an appreciation of literature, poems and drama
  • acknowledge levels of achievement
  • support the creative, intellectual and social development of the individual as a whole.

LAMDA examinations are designed to equip learners, whatever their age or aspirations, with a range of skills that will serve them throughout life.

Preparation for an examination can:

  • unlock the imagination and creative-thinking
  • develop communication skills
  • refine technical skills and artistry
  • promote team-working

The examinations themselves provide learners with an opportunity to:

  • measure progress against an international standard
  • make contact with expert practitioner examiners outside the immediate teaching environment
  • build self-confidence and self-esteem
  • acquire skill certification for career development
  • receive critical appraisal and guidance for future development.

The range of exam options supports progression and allows the learner to extend personal and vocational skills whilst realising their potential.


LAMDA examinations are worth UCAS points for Peterites who choose to do them. More information on these points can be found on the LAMDA website.