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Tring Park School for the Performing Arts
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Established 1939
Principal Stefan Anderson
Deputy Principal Alex Walker
Founders Grace Cone & Olive Ripman
Specialism Performing Arts
Location Tring Park
HP23 5LX
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Ofsted number 117618
Students 300
Gender Coeducational
Ages 7 to 19
Accreditation CDET

Tring Park School for the Performing Arts is an independent co-educational school specialising in dance and performing arts. The school was renamed in January 2009 and was previously known as the Arts Educational School, Tring Park.



Tring Park School for the Performing Arts is an independent, co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 7–19 years. It comprises a preparatory school, secondary school, sixth form and further education at a professional level. It is a specialist provider of vocational training in the performing arts, with a syllabus that includes Dance, Drama, Music, Musical Theatre and Theatre Arts. Vocational studies are supported by a full academic syllabus from Key Stage 2 to A-level standard. As one of the leading schools for the performing arts in the United Kingdom, it is one of only twenty-one schools selected to allocate Government funded Dance and Drama Awards, a scholarship scheme established to subsidise the cost of professional dance and drama training for the most talented pupils at leading institutions. The school also offers a community outreach programme known as Reach4Dance and has a part time pre-vocational dance and performing arts school known as the Junior Conservatoire programme. Recent graduates can be seen in Dirty Dancing, High School Musical 2 UK Tour, Mama Mia International Tour and Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake to name just a few.


The school was first founded in 1939 and was originally known as the Cone-Ripman School. It was formed as a result of a merger between the Cone School of Dancing founded in 1919 by Grace Cone, and the Ripman School founded in 1922 by Olive Ripman.

The Cone-Ripman School was first based in premises at Stratford Place in London, but following the outbreak of World War II, it was relocated to Tring in Hertfordshire, using various rented buildings. In 1941, the school reopened in London, but a second school continued to operate in Tring. In 1945, the Rothschild Bank vacated the mansion at Tring Park, which had been its temporary base during the war, and the Rothschild family permitted the school to use the premises on a permanent basis. Tring Park remains the school's sole campus to this day and in 1947, the school was renamed the Arts Educational School, Tring Park, with the London school becoming the Arts Educational School, London. In 1970, the school acquired the freehold of the mansion and grounds and began a redevelopment of the site, financed by the sale of unused land. The refurbished building was officially opened in 1976 by the Duchess of Kent. The school was later extended in 1990, with the opening of the Markova Theatre by HRH Prince Edward. In 1993, the school purchased the former St Francis de Sales Convent for use as offsite boarding accommodation for senior pupils. A second house was purchased for use as boarding accommodation in 1994.

Later in 1994, the Arts Educational Schools Trust decided that it was in the best interests of both the London and Tring schools, for them to be run separately. This lead to the formation of the AES Tring Park School Trust, which acquired the school and is now solely responsible for its ongoing management. In 2009, to further identify the school as an independent institution, it changed its name to Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.

In December 2009 the school started a major building project that will see five new dance studios, then in the second phase a new art block and sixth form centre, then in the final phase a new theatre that will have a larger stage to accommodate the annual Musical Theatre and Dance Course shows. Whilst the Markova Theatre will be mainly used for Music and Drama performances.

For many years, the school's President was the renowned Prima Ballerina Assoluta, Dame Alicia Markova.

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Coordinates: 51°47′34″N 0°39′23″W / 51.79285°N 0.65635°W / 51.79285; -0.65635



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