I hate to say this, but if your 'LAMDA' classes are being run by a third party, I would suggest checking that they are 'kosher' before signing your DC up for exams.
Our DD took some of LAMDA examinations last year (entry level, both solo and group) and they seemed
legitimate enough, but I will certainly take a closer look at the certificates she received and follow-up with LAMDA themselves it anything looks dodgy. Given that the sessions are part of the schools co-curricular programme (albeit provided by a third-party) I'd have hoped
that the school would have checked them out before hand, but you never know.
In our case.I I think she just told the school that children would be able to enter the exams. I doubt that the HT or whoever would have felt the need to grill the woman on the mechanics of this. And to be fair, as soon as the issue was brought to the Head's attention, the classes were suspended.
We were told that as the teacher entered so many of her pupils for the exams at any one time, LAMDA allowed her to book exam sessions separate from the 'public' dates. All very plausible. Once we heard about 'X's experience, though, I also contacted the exam board, only to be told that no LAMDA exams had been held at that venue on the dates I had quoted, the person concerned was not authorised to organise 'extra' exam sessions and no, they had never heard of my DS1 or DD either. The local - genuine - LAMDA coordinator was very supportive and it was he who suggested that the certificates that had (after enough of a delay for the teacher to agree with us that it was a bit off, she would have to chase them up
) been issued were pretty plausible copies of genuine but now out of date ones.