14th June 2019 — Pupils in the Junior School of The Mount School York have achieved 100% Distinctions in national examinations for performing arts.
The all-girl Quaker school has achieved 100% Distinctions for the fifth year in a row with all pupils taking the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) examinations. The Mount Junior School actually has achieved this feat in LAMDA examinations in seven of the past eight years.
Rachel Capper, Head of The Mount Junior School, said today, “I am delighted that the girls’ exceptional skills and hard work are being acknowledged with these fantastic results. This year we have seen the girls’ commitment and enthusiasm for performing arts, which is nurtured by their LAMDA training, has beautifully transferred to their school productions. They were wonderful in the whole school production of A Night At The Musicals and their energetic performance of The Mystery At Magpie Manor sparked a most brilliant comedy, which is the hardest genre to perform successfully.”
Rachel Lavell, who teaches Speech and Drama at The Mount and has drawn many Distinction-worthy performances from pupils over the past decade, said, “The girls are part of every element of the development process for their performance pieces. They all work together as a group on the materials they are given, and they produce their own piece, incorporating various interesting and quirky ideas. In this way, they ‘own’ the piece, and they have made me really proud.”
Molly in Year 4 said, “I used to get really nervous before going into examinations, but the examiner was very friendly and really chatty and now I’m not nervous any more in exams. I was able to relax and just really enjoy it and I think everyone else did as well.”
“There are so many benefits from the LAMDA programme,” adds Rachel Capper. “For instance two of our Year 6 girls, Ellie and Lucy, have entered the York Public Speaking Competition. I had the pleasure of hearing them rehearse. They spoke very clearly and thoughtfully. When I complimented the girls on their delivery, they told me, “We know it is the first and last time that people will hear what we have to say, so we have to give them time to take it all in.” This is the kind of confidence and level of skill nurtured by our entire Junior School staff and the LAMDA programme.”
In Senior School, for girls from age 11-18 years, 100% of Mount girls taking the LAMDA Gold Medal examination also earned Distinctions.
The Mount School is investing in an exciting new performing arts complex which is due to break ground over the Summer holidays.