The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) is one of the UK’s oldest and most respected awarding organisations. LAMDA’s communication examinations provide the opportunity to develop a clear speaking voice, positive body language and self-confidence by exploring different uses of spoken English. Lower Two have received incredible results in LAMDA Graded Examinations in Communication: Speaking Verse and Prose, with; two girls achieving 100%; two girls achieving 99%; and three girls achieving 98%.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has judged the teaching at the Guildhall School to be world-leading. The Guildhall School
was one of 16 specialist higher education institutions awarded institution-specific funding from HEFCE on 6 May, in addition to the standard Council funding. The HEFCE Board said: “World-leading pedagogic research originating from the institution was seen as indicative of an institution producing teaching outputs that have had a positive and significant impact on the way people look at teaching and learning music. Indeed, the practice of performing arts in general was seen as being influenced by Guildhall’s teaching outputs….also, the formidable impact of recent graduates was a compelling factor in support of the case.” Professor Barry Ife, Principal of the Guildhall School, commented “This is an excellent outcome for Guildhall and a richly deserved accolade that reflects a sustained effort across the institution.”
The Academy recognised the extraordinary contribution of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth to our nation and celebrated her reaching 90 on 21 April. Pupils participated in range of activities aimed at promoting their sense of Britishness, including a monarchy quiz, singing the national anthem and wearing Union Flag stickers. Pupils particularly enjoyed the wares at our royal cake sale, which raised funds for cancer research. As we approach the heart of the public examination season staff have been working flat out to ensure pupils achieve their full potential. This has meant additional sessions run before and after school, and at weekends.
The pupils have elected their next head girl and boy, while our Board of Governors formally thanked the current incumbents for their work. A potential student leader for the future, Trinity (year ten) was runner up in the Southwark regional finals of the Jack Petchey Speak Out competition. Her speech, ‘The New Definition of Feminism’ wowed judges and audience. There have also been opportunities for our leaders to network, both locally and internationally, and share good practice this term. Notable examples include hosting school leaders from Singapore and we were most grateful to CoLA Hackney for hosting a visit from three of our senior team. The Academy looks forward to our prestigious prize-giving event in June, which always sees representation from the City Guilds and Livery Companies. We also look forward to welcoming the Lord Mayor on 17 June.
On 24 April over 1,000 young athletes came together to run the final 5km of the main London Marathon route, stretching from London’s Old Billingsgate to
The Mall. This year was fantastic for CLSG and the increasing standards made it very competitive to get a place in the squad. Special mention must go to Annie Thomas, who achieved third place and picked up a bronze medal in the female Under 13 race. Mayaan Radus gained a top 10 position in the same race, which gave the team a huge score finishing second place out of 33 boroughs.
On 13 April, City Bridge Trust launched a report into the infrastructure support needs of London’s diverse voluntary and community sectors. The
event, held in the Old Library and hosted by City Bridge Trust’s Chairman Jeremy Mayhew, was attended by funders and leading charities. The report, produced in partnership with London Funders and overseen by a cross-sector partnership including London Voluntary Service Council and Greater London Volunteering, included a number of recommendations which the Trust will take forward the report recommendations, in collaboration with London Funders and other key partners. A full copy of the report can be found here.