Since 2002 public speaking lessons have been a core subject at the School for Year 12.
During Year 12 year pupils are taught public speaking skills and are encouraged to take a LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic art) graded exam. The course is designed to enable learners to develop a range of skills including the selection of appropriate subject matter, research and presentation alongside the use of body language and voice. The main aim is to build confidence when speaking in a more formal situation such as interviews for university or jobs. After the completion of the compulsory Public
Speaking course, pupils in Year 12 may opt to continue with LAMDA classes, by arrangement with their teacher. It is well documented that both employers and universities are generally disappointed with the oral communication skills of the younger generations and we feel that by gaining these internationally renowned and Ofqual recognised exams our pupils are well equipped to use their voices appropriately. The LAMDA lessons can also be used as the skills element for the Duke of Edinburgh awards.