In June this year, 46 BISA students took part in LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) examinations. 22 students presented their speeches in the Public Speaking section with a success rate of 64% distinctions. Speaking of Verse and Prose was the second most popular category and 73% of students scored distinctions. The number of students taking Acting exams is going up every year as the subject increases in popularity at IGCSE and BTEC level; this June 9 students took part in Combined Duologue and Solo exams with a phenomenal success rate of 88% gaining distinctions.
LAMDA exams are accredited and recognised worldwide. Some universities recognise the number of UCAS points gained and from Grade 6 on the points are equivalent to taking an AS level. There is no doubt that taking LAMDA exams expedites university entry and is highly recommended as it also helps to build communication skills. Congratulations go to all our students and the staff that supported them!
We would like to highlight some of the particularly good results that were achieved:
Grade 8: Josephine Kiaga 80% Distinction
Grade 6: Safari Mosha 90% Distinction
Grade 6: Marvin Onwukwe 84%
Grade 6: Waitta Teshome 83%
Grade 6: Charis Pulei 83%
Grade 5: Niamh Baker 94%
Speaking of Verse and Prose:
Grade 6: Gabriella Doria 83%
Grade 6: Sasha Pandit 84%
Grade 2: Bianca Shah 88%
Grade 1: Bridget Chilambo 94%
Grade1: Sylvie Mella 92%
Grade 1: Ella Chege 90%
Grade 8: Andrew Ogonji 92%
Grade 8: Wilfred Chambulo 88%
Grade 5: Charis Pulei 96%
LAMDA qualifications take our students places, as this report from West End Stage shows:
This summer, Layla Chege made her West End debut and appeared in London’s West End!
Layla, from Braeburn International School Arusha, made her West End debut this summer as she was accepted to take part in Westend Stage, the UK’s premier theatre summer school for young people aged 8 -21.
Layla was inspired to apply for Westend Stage as she gained her interest in the performing arts from her school BTEC course in Music, Dance and Performing Arts.
Westend Stage gives young people from all over the world the chance to perform at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the heart of the West End, home to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.
Throughout the week, Layla was joined by other students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, one of the top drama schools in the UK where the likes of Ewan McGregor, Daniel Craig, and Orlando Bloom all trained.
Layla was put through her paces in Singing, Dance and Drama, as well as receiving specific industry based workshops, led by West End stars, such as Alistair Brammer who appeared in the recent international screening of ‘Miss Saigon’. The students were taken to the hit West End musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and afterwards received a very special and private question and answer session with members of the cast; as well as being lead in a master class lead by some of the cast members.
West End Stage said “Layla was an asset to the summer school and graduated West End with a Distinction! West End Stage is very proud of Layla and we can not wait to see where her exciting future takes her.”