What is LAMDA?

LAMDA stands for The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, a world-leading performing arts school in London which was founded in 1861. LAMDA offers a wide range of exams in Communication and Performance which are open to external students. At St John’s Beaumont we currently offer LAMDA exams in Public Speaking, Acting, Verse and Prose, Mime and Shakespeare.

Our 30 minute lessons take place once a week during the course of the school day, they are usually one-to-one but can also be taken in pairs. Taking LAMDA lessons and working towards a LAMDA exam is hugely beneficial to children as the exams are designed to develop life skills, such as clear communication, self-confidence, concentration, empathy and teamwork through the creative platforms of drama and literature. The exams also offer students the opportunity to improve self-expression, strengthen memory and of course, have lots of fun along the way!

Thinking ahead, LAMDA can really contribute to senior school scholarship applications and beyond that, university…Pupils can earn UCAS points with their LAMDA Exams, claiming points for each qualification at Grade 6 and above.

Our LAMDA Teachers

Mrs von Sachsen-Altenburg

Mrs von Sachsen-Altenburg first started teaching LAMDA on a part-time basis 20 years ago. She has a true passion for both teaching and acting and trained at Drama Studio London, holds a Trinity Level 5 Diploma in Professional Acting and continues to work as a professional actor alongside her teaching.

Mrs v S-A thoroughly enjoys teaching LAMDA performance and communication skills to the pupils at SJB and particularly loves watching the pupils’ confidence soar throughout their LAMDA journeys. Her aim each day is for each pupil to leave their LAMDA lessons smiling and feeling a real sense of achievement!


Ms Megan Crawley

Ms Crawley has been a teacher of LAMDA and Drama for 10 years. Prior to teaching full time, Megan trained in Musical Theatre and worked as a professional performer, director and agent. Megan holds an LTCL from Trinity College London in Speech & Drama and Musical Theatre. Megan loves teaching LAMDA and working with students on their creativity and communication skills.

Ms Crawley specialises in Musical Theatre and can also teach Reading for Performance and Devising Drama in addition to the syllabus options already on offer at St John’s.



Should you have any other questions regarding our lessons, please get in touch with Mrs von Sachsen-Altenburg or Ms Crawley.