OUTSTANDING exam results have affirmed the drama department at King’s Ely Junior’s stellar reputation this week.

All 13 young actors and actresses who took the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) exams in performance and communication subjects received a Distinction or Merit in their grade, with Eloise George (12) and Harry Roth (12) making history by becoming the first ever King’s Ely students to achieve the Joint Qualification Award for Level 1 LAMDA Performance Examinations. This means that they have achieved three entirely different performing skills at the first level of the performance examinations, both being awarded distinctions in their final exam with exceptionally high marks.

“This is an extremely rare achievement, especially for students of such a young age,” said LAMDA teacher and examiner Hilary Bristow-Smith.

Head Richard Whymark, added: “These students demonstrate the passion King’s Ely Junior has for the performing arts in general.  It is wonderful that the talent and creativity of these students has been rewarded in this way.”

LAMDA is the largest speech and drama school in the UK. Awards are recognised by UCAS and earn points towards students’ university entry. The examinations are designed to equip candidates, whatever their age, experience or aspiration, with a range of skills that will serve them throughout life.

King’s Ely offers LAMDA courses such as Verse and Prose, Acting, Musical Theatre, Mime, Devising Drama and many more.

“It has been an excellent year for Drama at King’s Ely Junior. All of the students have worked hard and we are all incredibly proud of them,” reflected Nanette VanWright-Jordan, Head of Drama at King’s Ely Junior.

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