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At Shiplake we offer pupils the opportunity to take up LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) classes. They are open to students across all year groups and help to improve confidence as well as communication and performance skills. Students can gain a well-established grades based qualification and for Grade 6 and above they count towards UCAS points for university entry.

LAMDA at Shiplake

LAMDA lessons are available in Communication, Acting and Public Speaking throughout the year during term time. They are 30 minutes long and normally take place on Fridays (rotated so that students do not miss the same academic lesson each week). Lessons can be in pairs (£16 each) or private (£26 per session).

To register your interest please complete this form

At Shiplake, examination days are run at Easter, Christmas or in the summer term, giving the students plenty of time to prepare in the correct manner.


LAMDA is an awarding organisation which aims to deliver internationally recognised qualifications in communication and performance while inspiring young people through examinations in Drama, Literacy and Poetry. LAMDA believes that Drama has the power to transform lives and wants to share their experience through training, qualifications, work, productions and facilities. 

LAMDA has provided theatre and the world of film and television with generation upon generation of first-class actors and expertly trained stage managers across the world. In addition to be the UK’s largest statutory speech and drama awarding body, LAMDA Examinations has a reputation for excellence across the globe. Its mission is to:

  • Improve standards in communication through the spoken word
  • Foster an appreciation of literature, poems and drama
  • Acknowledge levels of achievement
  • Support the creative, intellectual and social development of the individual

LAMDA examinations are designed to equip candidates, whatever their age or aspirations, with a range of skills that will serve them throughout life. Preparation for an examination can:

  • Unlock the imagination and creative thinking
  • Develop communication skills
  • Refine technical skills and artistry
  • Promote team working

LAMDA Information Booklet

LAMDA Teacher

Mrs Amber Lucazeau graduated from Guildford School of Acting (3 year Acting) and has worked professionally in the industry for 25 years. Favourite roles have included Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest (alongside Dame Judi Dench), Celimene in The Misanthrope, Mavis in Stepping Out and many other theatre performances. Amber has been teaching both children and adults Acting, Speech & Drama and Public Speaking for many years and she has an excellent track record of results (latest LAMDA results from a local school (including 6 Gold Medals) were straight Distinctions).

Amber is Principal of Sparky’s Drama and currently teaches LAMDA at The Beacon School, Pipers Corner and Herries Prep School. Amber aims to focus on each individual, with personal triumphs, creativity and confidence building being the priority. She shares her passion for theatre and performance to encourage others in building their skills, growing their knowledge and interest. She is a mum of two and lives locally in Cookham. Amber welcomes new pupils with any level of experience to give LAMDA a go!

If you have any questions please contact Amber at [email protected].