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At least 100 shows, plays, musicals and other performances are put on every year, all to an astonishingly high standard. ‘We go and see pretty much everything, whether our child is in it or not and they blow me away every time,’ said one parent, not untypically. Only half the school day is given over to academic lessons, which makes lessons ‘pretty intense’, albeit ‘nearly always engaging’ and ‘lively’, according to pupils. Pupils who fall behind are offered lunchtime clinics, extra sessions etc, although a pupil told us, ‘in the end, your...

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Tring Park School for the Performing Arts is a school of excellence which specialises in the performing arts, dance, musical theatre and drama. We provide a full and first class academic education for all our pupils with the aim of making them them educated performers and giving them the opportunity to pursue careers both inside and outside the field of performing arts. ...Read more

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Music and dance scheme - government funding and grants available to help with fees at selected independent music and dance schools.

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Performing arts specialist school

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Since 2002, Stefan Anderson MA BMus ARCM ARCT. In his early 60s, Mr Anderson is a highly personable man with a big heart, uncontrived charm and a good dose of self-deprecating humour; surprisingly understated, all considered. A classically trained musician, he grew up in Toronto, Canada and attended Carleton University, Ottawa. Moved to the UK and studied at the Royal College of Music and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he was an organ scholar. He spent 12 years at Wellington as assistant director of music, then seven years as director of music at King's Canterbury, before taking up the principal's post (his first ever) at Tring in 2002. ‘Didn’t think I’d end up in teaching,’ he laughs, ‘but here I am.’ Recalls standing in the hall on his first day watching the students run excitedly...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

Parents should note that entry to The Arts Educational School, Tring, is by audition and is determined solely on the basis of talent and potential in dance, drama or singing. Individual learning support lessons in English and mathematics are available for pupils if required. Oct 09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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