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Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Emma Burois won the Xpress Train Trophy for the highest mark of the festival for public Speaking classes in 2014. She repeated her performance of her winning speech at The Highlights Festival Concert before the Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett and and audience of distinguished guests, parents and competitors. Her compelling speech urging governments not to pay ransoms to terrorists was outstanding and won her a share in the Director’s Cup for equalling the highest mark of all classes in the 2014 Speech and Drama Festival.

RWB Arts Festival: Speech & Drama in 2018

The Festival is a very rapidly growing, annual event held in Royal Wootton Bassett close to J16 of the M4.  This year it ran on the 17th & 18th November.  It has become so popular that for the first time there were 4 adjudicators for Speech & Drama classes.

In 2019, the RWB Music Festival section - previously always held in the Summer - is to join with the Speech & Drama section in November.  This will be amazing! 

It is  a series of competitions for entrants competing against each other in defined age-group classes with many awards for those performers judged to be the best.  There is a lot of friendly rivalry but the aim is to give people an opportunity to show their work to appreciative audiences of parents, relatives, fellow competitors and interested "visitors".  You are training to speak in public perhaps?  There are classes for you to try yourself out in a safe, friendly setting with a written assessment by an expert, a certificate of achievement and perhaps a trophy, medal or shield to mark the occasion! 

There is a wide range of classes to consider from TV News Reading, Speaking in Public, Memorised Prose, Sight Reading, Speaking Verse, Reading from a Sacred Text and lots of solo, duologue and group acting and more!

in 2018, for the first time, there were 4 adjudicators.  This is a sign of the continuing growth of the festival and its popularity with teachers and students.


Do have a look for yourself by going to WWW.RWBArtsFestival.com to read the full details.

The Entry Deadline is at the end of September 2019.


Monday, 31st May 2018

New Era Academy is a very reputable examination board that has been encouraging young people and adults to develop their performance skills in speech and drama since 1941.

As well as offering a similar range of subjects to LAMDA and Poetry Vanguard, there are opportunities to present for assessment in Interview Techniques, Bible Reading, Choral Speaking and more. Assessments are available for the very young – 3-4 yrs old – right through to mature business people and the very senior.

New Era Academyhas received Government/Ofqual accreditation for some of its examinations. As with LAMDA, this can be valuable for young people looking to boost their qualifications when candidating for college/university entrance and for everyone enhancing a C-V.  Although we have not had enough learners entering for NE exams locally to run a Swindon Centre at present, we do recommend the board and are able to help prepare candidates for examination upon request. 

Monday, 19 November 2018

With regret we report that John Lawton, after achieving some major improvements to Examinations Services, has moved on from LAMDA and we await the announcement of his replacement.  John visited Swindon Centre in March 2018 and said that our provision of facilities, warmth of welcome to Learners and their families and the customer care we offer is exemplary.  We thank him for the reforms he instituted and wish him well for the future.

Monday, July 23rd 2018

The recently appointed Head of Examinations at LAMDA is Mr. John Lawton.

The LAMDA Rep for Swindon Public Examination Centre is Godfrey Room

The current SYLLABUS for all awards on offer was published on 1 September 2014 and remains current. A positive benefit is that the exams are approved by QCA, Northern Ireland, the Scottish and the Welsh Curriculum Authorities and so they have Government validation for NVQ (National Vocational Qualifications) equivalence at Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced levels.

University/HE [UCAS] Points will be awarded for achievements of Pass, Merit or Distinction at grades VI to VIII for those entering examinations.

. Entries for ALL examinations must now be made – at the LATEST – SIX weeks before the session date.  There is a Late Entry Penalty of £25.00!  ALL matters concerning ENTRY for examinations are handled directly by LAMDA Examinations in London, but questions about arrangements at Swindon or questions about the syllabi / content might be e-mailed or telephoned to Godfrey.  Entry forms are downloaded from the official Academy website at  www.examinations at lamda.ac.uk

SWINDON’S NEXT SESSION is being held on Friday & Saturday 7th &8th December  2018 from 09.30 – 18.00 at

Bath Road Methodist Church, Swindon SN1 4BA. Please note that there is no onsite parking but there are 2 Pay and Display car parks near the centre.

. The entry deadline for receipt of entries by the Academy for the SPRING 2019 is 1st February 2019.

ENTRY FEES rise annually and details of the current fees charged for the examinations held in public centres between 1st August 2018 and 31st July 2019 are now available together with the dates for each public centre session for the year 2018 - 2019..

The SWINDON PUBLIC CENTRE dates are:

      Spring Session:    15 & 16 March 2019

      Summer Session:  5 & 6 July 2019

      Autumn Session:   6 & 7 December 2019

YOUR QUESTIONS  about the arrangements at Swindon Public Centre can be addressed to us here via www.lamda@xpresstrain.org.uk  or +44(0)1793 484140

Friday, June 8th 2018

Owing to the development of a widening range of examination subjects, The Poetry Vanguard [originally founded as "The Poetry Society"] was again re-named "Vanguard Examinations".  At one time, we administered annual examination sessions for this local candidates.

The current, expanded syllabus for The Poetry Vanguard is available online but we do not currently offer a Swindon Examination Centre for this board.

SUMMER SESSION - JULY 2017


16 Candidates achieved  16 Passes [100%]

3 were awarded With Merit  and 13 were With Distinction

10 Candidates gained OVER 90% including ONE Pass with 100% !!

3 awards were for "Speaking in Public"; 13 for "The Speaking of Verse & Prose" of which 2 were OFQUAL Level 3 Awards in Communication; 1 at Grade 6 - Bronze Medal and Carmen Lee was awarded the LAMDA GOLD MEDAL - Grade 8 with 92% !!


SPRING SESSION - MARCH 2018


14 candidates achieved 14 passes [100%]

3 were awarded passes With Merit and 11 were With Distinction

5 candidates gained 90% including ONE Pass with 98%

3 awards were for "Speaking in Public";  1 for "Solo Acting"; 2 for "Duologue Acting"  and 6 for "The Speaking of Verse & Prose"

These outstanding results were the outcome of considerable effort and dedication; we congratulate them all!


SUMMER SESSION - JULY 2018

11 candidates achieved 11 passes [100%]

3 were awarded passes WITH MERIT and 8 were awarded WITH DISTINCTION

2 candidates gained over 90%: one for his first attempt at SOLO ACTING and

 the other.- at only 11 years of age - for THE SPEAKING OF VERSE & PROSE  at GRADE SEVEN - SILVER MEDAL! This is a very remarkable achievement and the youngest Xpress Train student ever to have gained this grade and there are probably very few indeed nationally to have matched this result!

4 AWARDS were for  "Speaking in Public"; 5  AWARDS were for "The Speaking of Verse & Prose" and 2 AWARDS were for "Solo Acting" 

Once again, these excellent performances were thoroughly deserved by our students and we are very proud of their achievements!  Well done!





At the 2018 Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival: Speech & Drama Section held on 18 & 19 November many of our students competed with great success.  See details here shortly.

Preparations are now in hand for the December LAMDA Examinations.

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