Dramatic results for the King’s students

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PUPILS with a passion for drama and speech have achieved record results in LAMDA examinations.

A total of 100 boys and girls aged from ten to 18 took the exam at the King’s School in Tynemouth.

Their marks secured a 100 per cent pass rate with 90 per cent achieving merits and distinctions – a ten per cent improvement on the previous two years.

Sixth formers were notable among a number of high scorers.

Luke Quine, 17, from Tynemouth, achieved 90 per cent, while 17-year-old pair Richard Hall, from Benton, and Kate Marriott, from Whitley Bay, both scored the highest medal awards at King’s with 91 per cent.

Kate performed duologues from Arcadia and Much Ado about Nothing for her grade six bronze medal.

She said: “I first started acting in King’s Junior School as a spider in Little Miss Muffet and have enjoyed drama ever since.

“I wasn’t quite sure how the exam performance went at the time so I was delighted with these results.”

Richard performed three monologues to achieve grade seven silver.

He said: “I’m really pleased to have done well.

“I’d like to be a professional stage actor. I enjoy singing too and would like to be involved in musical theatre like Michael Ball.”

King’s speech and drama coach Paula Penman said: “All the pupils did extremely well.”