LIGHTHOUSE School of Speech, Drama and Communication
We are Liz Chambers and Josephine Wilson, Co-Founders and Co-Directors of Lighthouse School of Speech, Drama and Communication.
We have over 30 years’ collective experience of working in education and the arts and specialise in literacy, drama, theatrical performances and examinations for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) syllabus.
We plan and deliver courses of study that are well suited to groups or one-to-one and we believe in tailoring our teaching to the individual needs of each learner. We enable each student to develop holistically, alongside the knowledge and learning gained through the school curriculum: by developing students’ expression, team-working self-confidence, and communication our lessons give students the transferable skills they need as a vital life tool.
Lighthouse School of Speech, Drama and Communication was born out of Liz and Jo’s shared passion for theatre, performing arts, literature and transformative education. One of our central business values is serving the local community and inclusivity. We have a non-profit arm of our company, and a significant percentage of what we do goes back into providing bursary places for children and young people from families who need it most. We believe that absolutely everyone should have access to good quality teaching in literature, drama and the arts.
Whether teaching groups or 1-1, Jo and Liz believe in looking at all students’ idiosyncratic passions, learning styles and what each student wants to gain from our lessons. This approach enables each student to develop a not just knowledge but a passion for their subject and provides key aspects of student’s social learning alongside the content of the school curriculum. Our style of teaching gives students essential and transferable skills they need, by developing team working, expression, communication and most of all, self-confidence. This rigorous yet caring style gives results that speak for themselves, as we have a track record of 6 (low A) and above in English KS3- KS4 and a 70% distinction for LAMDA exams.
Many of our students are experienced young performers and dramaturges. Some students join our groups because they drama novices and want to take part in classes to increase their self-assurance. Some students are already destined to obtain top marks in their GCSE English and others are keen to increase the way in which they discuss books to increase their enjoyment of confidence in literature. Whatever our students’ journeys, we provide lessons that are an immersive creative experience, both in terms of subject and the connections made in the group.