COVID-19 Information

Updated Tuesday 4 January 2022

The health, safety and welfare of everyone in the LAMDA community is naturally our main priority.

LAMDA follows the guidance provided to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) by the Department for Education (DfE). HEIs are expected to stay open and operate as normal with contingency plans and covid measures in place.

You can read the current guidance here: Higher education providers: coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

For the latest advice and guidance including social restrictions, travel and isolation rules visit:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance and support - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) 

Where can I receive the most up-to-date public health information and guidance?  

FAQs

What is LAMDA doing to minimise the risk of infection? 

We are following all Public Health England and Office for Students advice and guidance and are continuing to communicate regularly with our students and staff. A team of key staff (Critical Incident Management Team) drawn from across LAMDA meet regularly to share information, review the rapidly changing situation and put in place contingency plans as the situation changes. 

We have introduced a number of measures to help keep everyone safe and well while in the building.

  • Observe Social Distancing.
  • Wear a face covering, at all times when in the building. Students should also wear a face covering for classes and rehearsals.
  • Staff and students should take a Lateral Flow test every day they are working in the building.
  • Staff and students are sent regular communications about COVID.
  • When using anything that isn't yours, wash your hands before and after.  
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands 
  • Always use the nearest facilities. 
  • We encourage all staff and students to get fully vaccinated including boosting jabs. Book your COVID-19 vaccination here.

If you feel unwell  

  • Leave the building immediately.   
  • Follow government guidance on self-isolation and track-and-trace.  
  • If you are too unwell to travel, go to a meeting room on Level 1 in the West Wing. Inform Facilities by calling 020 8834 0560. 

How will we deliver safe and inclusive training in 2022/2023? 

Our first priority will be to ensure that we offer training safely, and we will adhere to guidance about health and safety measures, social distancing, and provide wellbeing support so that staff and students can engage fully in the creative process. At this current time the majority of learning across all courses takes place at Talgarth Road, in person. Training may be delivered via a mix of in person and online classes depending on restrictions at the time.

We will still provide excellent opportunities for industry related activities; in 2022/23 where, when, and how we provide things such as industry showcases, performances, and trips may operate differently to ensure your safety. We will primarily offer innovative blended learning opportunities to help students prepare for entry to the industry.

Where can I find out more information about what I will Study in 2022/23? 

You can find further course specific information and module breakdowns on individual course pages. View all courses here.

I'm applying to LAMDA for full-time study – what should I do?  

If you have applied or are intending to apply to LAMDA to study from September 2022 continue to do so. LAMDA remains open and all applications for entry 2022 are being processed as normal. You can find information about applications on individual course pages.

Current students can find information about LAMDA's COVID-19 policies on the intranet, LAMDA World.

You should continue to: 

  • Engage with regular Covid testing and report your result via the NHS website, forwarding your results to c[email protected]

  • Wear a face covering in all communal spaces, classes and rehearsal studios/workshops while at LAMDA, unless exempt. 

Before the start of term on Monday 10 January 2022 students are encouraged to take a Lateral flow COVID-19 test before travelling to their term time accommodation, as well as check the latest travel and self isolation guidance on the Gov website. Find out how to get a Lateral flow COVID-19 test on the NHS website here.

LAMDA Examinations

Exams are taking place under strict COVID guidance. Online exams have continued and in-person exams in public and private centres encourage the use of hand washing/hand sanitiser upon arrival, social distancing, and mask wearing. We also request that only one chaperone accompanies the learner to the exam to minimise the number of people in the centre. The 5 minute contingency between exams has however been removed.

Is it possible to take an exam online?

Yes, we are now offering online assessments for many of our solo, duo and combined exams. You can read more about them here

Can I get a refund for my exam fees?

Yes, we will issue a Transfer Credit Voucher for the full value of the exam fee. This voucher can be used towards booking a new exam.

Will I get my results on time?

Our exams team is working hard to get results sent out as quickly as possible. Private Centres will be sent their results by email. Public Centres will have their results posted to them.

Can I still order a LAMDA Exams materials including syllabi?

Yes, we are still taking orders via our online shop. 

Any orders made during the winter break will be processed and dispatched from Tuesday 4 January.

How will you ensure the safety of those attending LAMDA exams in person? 

We are putting in place a number of measures to allow for social distancing within the exam venue.

If you have symptoms of Covid-19, please do not attend your exam.

We are also advising our examiners get tested 72 hours before attending exam events. And we encourage private centres to match our efforts and recommend that their staff members also get tested before the exam date.

  • Measures include letting learners only bring one person to accompany them inside the building and not allowing early registration.
  • Learners will now not be admitted into the venue more than 20 minutes before their exam time.
  • We are also asking everyone to wash their hands as soon as they arrive.
  • Stewards will be on hand throughout the event to offer guidance, and will stay two metres apart from visitors as they guide them around the building.

Do I need to wear a mask in my exam?

Following government guidance for the public to wear face coverings when entering shops and within classrooms our policy on face coverings has been updated.

  • Mask wearing is now mandatory for everyone, unless exempt. 
  • Masks will need to be removed when learners are in the examination to ensure they can be accurately assessed. Due to the examination Assessment Criteria, Learners cannot wear face masks or visors during the assessment, as it hinders the Examiner’s ability to accurately assess performance techniques including vocal technique.
  • For group exams the mask guidance differs, no masks are to be worn for the actual exam but 2m social distancing must be followed and the exams spaces must be well-ventilated.
  • Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of three, are not required for children under 11, those with breathing difficulties or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly. Government guidance can be found here.

Are Musical Theatre exams available? 

Private centres are also now able to register for Musical Exams as long as they are able to provide a venue which meets (or exceeds) the following: 

  • Exams must take place in a room which is at least 5m x 5m and has good ventilation. This can either be natural ventilation (such as open windows) or mechanical ventilation (with air handling units that are set to fresh air) 

  • Private centres will also need to ensure that singers are positioned at least 3 metres away from everyone else in the room (the examiner, other learners, accompanists and technicians) and in the case of duos, the learners must not face each other as they are singing. Social distancing is not required between learners that are from the same household or bubble

  • Examiners will wear face visors during the exam. Any accompanists or technicians present in the exam room must also wear them 

These rules are based on current government guidance. If further guidelines are released, we may need to issue new instructions, or cancel exams. 

Musical Theatre exams are also available over online assessment.  

Are Group exams available? 

We are now able to accept registrations for Group exams for groups with seven or fewer learners. If your wish for a larger group of learners to be examined, please get in touch with our exams team on [email protected] 

Private centre customers wishing to book Group exams must ensure that: 

  • Everyone in the exam room maintains at least a 2 metre distance (or 3 metres for Group Musical Theatre exams) from everyone else in the room (this includes learners, the examiner and any technicians or accompanists present). Social distancing is not required between learners that are from the same household or bubble 

  • The exam room is large enough to allow this distancing to take place comfortably 

  • Learners must not face each other while performing. They must either face in the same direction, or away from one another 

  • The room is well ventilated, either naturally (such as by opening a window) or mechanically (with an air handling unit set to fresh air) 

  • The examiner and any accompanist or technicians in the room must wear a face visor. Learners should not wear visors or face coverings during their exam 

Due to technical challenges, we are also not able to offer Group exams online. Our exams team is working hard on a solution and will issue specific guidance to teachers and learners if online assessments are made available for Groups exams. 

Got a question for LAMDA Exams?

Please email our examinations team if you have any queries on [email protected] and they will be happy to assist.

Notification of absence / sickness

  • Let HR and your line manager know if you are unable to work due to illness.
  • Keep HR informed if you are self-isolating due to you or a family member / companion having suspected Covid-19, and the result of any diagnosis / test. 
  • Let your line manager or HR know if you live in a high risk group, live with others at high risk, or have dependents who rely on you to be at home for particular hours.
  • In office spaces where there are more than 2 people working, you should wear a face covering.

You should continue to: 

  • Engage with regular Covid testing and report your result via the NHS website, forwarding your results to c[email protected]. Find out how to get a Lateral flow COVID-19 test on the NHS website here.

  • Wear a face covering in all communal spaces while at LAMDA unless exempt. 

Working from home

  • Staff members (e.g. teaching staff, student services) who have student facing roles should continue as they have been, with teaching carrying on as normal.
  • Estates and facilities staff will also continue to work on site
  • If any aspect of your role is potentially student facing (e.g. first-aider, student loans), then speak to your line manager about when you should be working in the building.
  • If you don’t have a student facing role, but working from home will be difficult for you (e.g. IT issues), then speak to your line manager.  
  • A member of the Senior Management Team will be in the building during office hours each day to provide support if needed. You can find details of who to speak to at the customer service desk.

LAMDA Travel 

LAMDA has cancelled or postponed all non-essential non-UK travel to minimise risk.  Staff should check with their line manager if in any doubt. 

What is the advice on personal international travel? 

LAMDA requires all staff and students to inform human resources department or LAMDA's Registrar of their private international travel plans. 

We strongly recommend that you follow the advice and guidance found on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website at all times.  This includes advice on whether it is safe to travel to a particular country, advice on health and security, including advice on coronavirus, and advice on what to do when returning from a trip e.g. whether it is necessary to self-isolate for example. 

If you decide to travel against Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice you should note that there may be restrictions imposed that may impact your return to the UK and include a requirement to self-isolate on your return to the UK. 

The latest information for our visitors and audience members is available here and will be updated ahead of our next season of shows in February 2022. 

View our Visit Us page here.

LAMDA contact details 

If you have any questions, concerns or updates, do not hesitate to contact us: 

Call +44 (0) 20 8834 0500 or email: 

Auditions / interviews / drama school courses 
[email protected] 

LAMDA Exams 
[email protected] 

Hires 
[email protected]