The Gateway School of Speech and Drama is geared to give children confidence in communicating and performing effectively in the field of drama. A panel of qualified teachers covers a wide syllabus, consisting of Speech and Drama, Spoken English, Mime etc. Individual attention is given to students within small groups, in order to develop the student's skills and correct their language defects. Students are presented for both foreign and local examinations, through the following institution according to their age and ability.
The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA)
LAMDA Examinations offers performance based qualifications, carefully refined and developed over many years by experts in education, communication and acting. In addition to being the largest communication and Performance awarding organisation in the UK, LAMDA Examinations has a reputation for excellence across the globe. The Candidates will be examined on the same standard using the same material irrespective of what part of the world they are from. The set selection put out by LAMDA Examinations ensures that these standards are maintained while leading the candidates towards the best of the world's contemporary writing. LAMDA Examinations offers qualifications in Speech Communication, Performance (solo and duo) and Group Work.
Trinity College, London (TCL)
Trinity College, London offers the widest and most up-to date range of assessment in the performing and communicative arts. Trinity examinations are offered in over 60 countries and are fully accredited in the UK. Their qualifications are recognized for education and employment in many countries. Trinity's trained and experienced examiners assess the individual candidate's ability to perform and the range of subject offer a virtually unlimited scope and flexibility from Speech and Dram, Effective Communication, Acting, to even performing Arts.
The whole syllabus has been subjected to extensive consultation and revision and is accessible to regardless of race, culture or learning difficulties.
The Institute of Western Music and Speech (IWMS)
The Institute was founded in 1960, as the "Association of Teachers of Western Music and Dramatic Art". It was the combined effort of qualified and experienced teachers of Music, Speech and Drama dedicated to promote, nurture and develop the talents of the children of our country.
Today the IWMS is a fully-fledged, state-recognized institute, incorporated in 1988. It has grown in stature and has established a reputation as the largest, most progressive and innovative, local examination board in Sri Lanka. The syllabuses complied by qualified and experienced examiners are in keeping with internationally accepted standards. The subjects comprise Speech and Drama, Spoken English, Effective Speaking, Choral Speech and Written English.
Colombo Academy of Language Skills and Dramatic Art (CALSDA)
CALSDA offers a wide range of examinations in subjects that encompass oral, written and dramatic communication. Genuinely accessible and candidate-friendly syllabi that transcend racial, cultural and gender differences ensure that candidates are offered progressive preparation and assessment in speaking, reading, listening and writing at varied levels of education and proficiency.
The CALSDA syllabi include not only examinations in Speech, Drama, Communication and related disciplines, but also preparatory evaluative examinations that will be immense value to students sitting for public examinations throughout the country.
The admission of the child to Gateway School of Speech and Drama would be decided after a placement test, which will be held in April, August and December each year. To enter, a child should be above 4 years & six months and below 14 years. After continuous assessment of the child's performance in class, the teacher will decide which curriculum the child is suitable for and will train and guide the child to face examinations conducted by the above Examination Boards.
TCL, IWMS, CALSDA exams will be held in August / September each year and LAMDA in February / March. After the examination, a result sheet and a certificate will be awarded from the relevant examination body to the candidate with a clear description as to how the child has performed.