About the LAMDA Spoken Word Examination

TrapDoor Performing Arts is an official examination centre for The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. For those who wish to achieve a recognised certification in drama we offer our children from the age of 6 an opportunity to take their grades at our private dance studio in Chalfont St Giles.

From Entry to Grade 8 (Gold Medal), TrapDoor gives your child the opportunity to become LAMDA certified in Acting or Verse & Prose.

To date, we have 100% exam success with 98% of our students receiving a Distinction or Merit SINCE 2008.

LAMDA Acting pieces are prepared over the autumn term and children are given the choice to take their exam in January. As we are an official examination centre, an external examiner visits us – therefore parents do not have to accompany their children to London on the examination day. This reduces the possibility of stress on the day for the child (and eases the logistical and financial implications to the parent!). We feel strongly that the children should embrace the experience and enjoy this time to shine individually.

From October 2006, LAMDA Examinations were accredited by UCAS. This can help your child’s application to university.

Please note TrapDoor’s exam policy:

Unless the student has achieved an exceptional mark (95% or more) in their previous LAMDA exam they will not be considered to jump a grade. In 2011 the LAMDA Syllabus Department highly commended TrapDoor’s preparation for their exams and stated our “delivery example is excellent” and we are “fostering appreciation” of the LAMDA ethos – “that of enjoyment and a journey of learning where the life skills learnt can be transferred to any blue or white collar career.” Our ethos is not to treat the LAMDA exams as a ‘means to an end’, but rather a journey of growth and understanding, learning and developing at each grade to achieve a better and more accomplished result year-on-year. The exam process culminates in the Medals where the rigorous preparation we have encouraged and nurtured our students to exercise over the previous exams becomes fundamental in gaining the good marks we consistently achieve – and therefore maximum UCAS points are attainable.