Students at Shipston High School have notched up another major speaking success.
A total of 21 pupils made the trip to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) during the summer to take the Speaking in Public examination and the students, from Years Eight to Ten, all passed with flying colours.
They all collected their certificates from LAMDA together with their medals at a school assembly on Monday.
Shipston head teacher Jonathan Baker said: “These students have done amazingly well in an examination intended for much older students and they have shown, yet again, the depth of talent in the school.
“Public speaking is really important in helping students build up their confidence and character and it teaches them a skill much in demand by higher education and employers.”
During the examination the students had to make three different speeches to a visiting examiner from LAMBDA and then answer some questions about the theory of speaking in public.
One of the speeches was impromptu, which they only had 15 minutes to prepare.
In the Bronze Medal examination, Amber Hourigan, Lauren Powdrell, Benjamin Bryan, Gilbert Blocksidge, Tristan Hoff and Holly Holcombe each achieved a pass with distinction while Freya Liddell, May Walker, Lily Angles, Caitlin Battison, Alistair Littlewood and Rhys Winter all achieved a pass with merit.
In the Silver Medal, Caitlin Atkins, Jay Bransby, Sean Feary, Josh Hurwood, Georgia Prickett and Camille Valentin passed with distinction while Connor Elliot, Naomi Parker and Grace Spalding all passed with merit.
Both these prestigious awards are level three examinations equivalent to an A/S level and gives the pupils UCAS points towards admission to university.
Some of the students will demonstrate their skills at the school’s next open evening taking place next Thursday, September 19.