The below was taken from The Argus on January 13th 2016:
“Deepdene School in Hove, already renowned for its academic success, is celebrating becoming a registered centre for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art after pupils returned outstanding results.
The School, an independently owned co-educational nursery and prep school for children aged six months to 11 years, can now hold private LAMDA examinations at its base in New Church Road.
The first entry of 12 students achieved 10 distinctions and two merits, to the delight of headteacher Elizabeth Brown.
She said: “I’m extremely proud. We’ve seen first-hand what an important role drama can play in inspiring young learners, teaching them how to express themselves, boosting confidence and giving them the skills to succeed in all areas of life.
“Extensive studies prove that students involved in the the arts tend to have higher academic performance and better standardised test scores. This correlation is very much in evidence at Deepdene.
“Our curriculum places a strong emphasis on the development of literacy and numeracy, taught in small class sizes in an inspiring creative learning environment where students develop a life-long love of learning. Our speech and drama classes are an important part of this culture.”
Founded in 1948 as a privately owned and managed school, Deepdene remains truly independent, managed by joint proprietors Nicola Gane and Elizabeth Brown.
Last year all Year 6 students earned places at their chosen school, many with scholarships awarded in academic, art, sport, dance and acting.
Additionally, Deepdene’s head girl was awarded the prestigious Headmaster’s Award and Sussex Scholarship to Roedean.
For many parents, however, what makes the school extra special is the way the children are prepared not only for educational success but for a happy life, too.
One parent said: “In every class our daughter has always loved coming to school, has made friends and has got so much from all the activities.
“Deepdene has done so much more with her than we could have done at home and we really feel that by sending her to Deepdene we have given her the best start in life possible.”
From the earliest years at Deepdene there are opportunities for pupils to participate in plays. It also provides after school clubs and musical theatre classes on Saturday Afternoon.
Recently some of the school’s pupils performed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, at the Old market Theatre Brighton, while others performed at the Brighton open Air Theatre in The Merry Wives of Windsor, a professional production. A big year is planned in 2016 with the Springboard Festival, a speech and drama competition in March, followed by the school’s next production Bugsy Malone at Brighton’s Rialto Theatre.
“We’re very excited about year ahead” said Mrs Brown. “We feel Deepdene is a special place to learn but also to grow up in. To get a true impression of our school you need to visit and meet us. We always take the time to show prospective parents around.””