Pupils at Heatons based Stella Maris Independent Primary School were celebrating fantastic results in their recent speech exams with a 100% pass rate and over 90% of the pupils passing with merit or distinction. The exams are run by the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and help children improve their communication skills, increase self-confidence and develop strong social skills.

21 pupils aged from 4 to 11 years old took exams ranging from Introductory Level where children had to memorise and recite a poem to the examiner to Grade 1 Acting Level where children were required to act out a monologue.

Headteacher Norah Johnson commented “The children put a lot of effort into their speech lessons and it is fantastic that their hard work has been recognised with these outstanding results. This gives the children confidence to speak in public and is a valuable asset for life.