Speech is taught by Mrs Karen Furlong. Speech continues to be a very popular choice. Pupils are entered for London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) examinations.
Studying for LAMDA examinations can improve communication through the spoken word
- It fosters an appreciation of literature, poetry and drama
- It acknowledges levels of achievement
- It supports the creative, intellectual and social development of the individual
The examinations provide learners with an opportunity to:
- Build self-confidence and self esteem
- Measure progress against an international standard.
- Receive critical appraisal and advice
Examinations carry UCAS points and are accredited by QCA, ACCAC and OFQUAL
Oakleigh House School is also a Public Centre for external LAMDA examination candidates.
Pupils from Year 1 upwards can opt to learn an instrument. Piano continues to be the most popular and gives children an ideal start. From Year 2 we also offer lessons in Violin, Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Trumpet, Guitar and singing.
All our peripatetic teachers are highly qualified professionals who between them have vast teaching experience in their fields. Lessons are taught weekly and are arranged on a rota basis so the children do not miss the same lesson time each week.
Pupils sit examinations with the following Boards:
Royal School of Music (ABRSM) – Piano, Woodwind and Singing examinations
Trinity College London – Strings examinations
Ballet is taught by Mrs Sara Richards a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). All students are offered the chance to participate in Demonstration and Assessment examinations which are examined by an external examiner from the RAD.
All higher grades carry UCAS points.
Ballet is also offered as an afterschool club so students can develop their technique further. The results for this discipline are consistently outstanding.