Tring Park School for the Performing Arts

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Tring Park School for the Performing Arts
Established 1939
Type Independent day and boarding
President Leopold David de Rothschild
Principal Stefan Anderson
Founders Grace Cone & Olive Ripman
Location Tring Park
HP23 5LX
United Kingdom
DfE number 919/6041
DfE URN 117618 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 315
Gender Coeducational
Ages 7–19
Colours Rainbow
Accreditation CDET

Tring Park School for the Performing Arts is an independent co-educational school specializing in dance. Originally known as the Arts Educational School, Tring Park, it was founded as the sister school of the Arts Educational School, London. In 2009 it became independent of the London school and was renamed Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.


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.


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Tring Park Mansion viewed from a nearby hill.

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 The 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 led 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. The London school continues to operate, and is commonly known as ArtsEd.

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. Now, after the death of Dame Alicia Markova, the president is Leopold David de Rothschild CBE, and the vice Presidents are Irek Mukhamedov OBE and Howard Goodall CBE.

History of the mansion

The current Tring Park Mansion was built to a design of Sir Christopher Wren in 1685, for Sir Henry Guy.

Sir William Gore, Lord Mayor of London bought the house in 1705 and it remained in his family for two subsequent generations. in 1786, it was sold to Sir Drummond Smith, a London banker, who refurbished the interior in Georgian style and remodelled the park in the fashion made popular by "Capability" Brown. William Kay, a Manchester textile magnate, bought the estate in 1823.

In 1838, Nathan de Rothschild began renting Tring Park as a summer residence. When the property was sold in 1872, Lionel de Rothschild bought it as a wedding present for his son, Sir Nathaniel (later Lord) de Rothschild. Lord Rothschild's family grew up and lived at Tring Park until the death of the dowager Lady Rothschild in 1935.

The house was used by the NM Rothschild & Sons bank during World War II before being taken over by the Arts Educational School in 1945.

Notable former pupils


Musical theatre



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