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17 October 2011 / EXCELLENT SPEECH AND DRAMA RESULTS

More than 70 girls from the age of 7 upwards took the exams this year and, between them, achieved 34 distinctions and 41 merits.

Sixth formers Alex Jeffries, from St Agnes, and Poppy Ellison, from Falmouth, took Gold Medal Grade 8 Public Speaking exams and both passed with very high distinctions. The exam required giving two previously prepared 3-4 minute speeches, doing an impromptu talk on a topic provided 15 minutes before going into the exam, discussing theory and answering general questions.

Jessica Inkster, from Goonhavern, and Lucie Allen, from Truro, passed their Gold Medal Grade 8 Acting exams with excellent merits and Georgina Carlin, from Perranwell Station, and Lydia Hall, from Bodmin, also passed their Bronze Medal Grade 6 Acting exams with similarly high marks.

"I'm really pleased with all the results - they are a great credit to the girls," said Sue Bradbury, the school's speech and drama tutor. "What's most important, though, is the fun they get from developing their own creativity and confidence throughout the school year. They love devising their own scenes and performing them in front of each other - even the shyest students find their own voice and learn not to be afraid of using it."

Headmistress Caroline Pascoe handed out LAMDA certificates to senior school pupils at a school assembly.

"I warmly congratulate everyone on their remarkable success," she said. "Creativity and confidence are key in every future career - whether in the sciences or the arts. At a time when competition for university places and jobs has rarely been fiercer, additional skills like the ability to speak well in public help set candidates apart."

LAMDA qualifications are accredited within the national Qualifications and Credit Framework and Grade 6 and above earn UCAS points.

ENDS 17 October 2011

Photo: Celebrating LAMDA success - some of this year's pupils with tutor Sue Bradbury and Headmistress Caroline Pascoe centre.


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