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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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What the school says...

Tring Park School for the Performing Arts is a school of excellence which specialises in dance, musical theatre, acting and music. 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 2023, Simon Larter-Evans, previously head of St Paul’s Cathedral School in London. He has enjoyed a varied career, first as a dancer touring in the UK and overseas, then in publishing, marketing and PR, before training to be a teacher of English and drama. He worked in a number of secondary and prep schools, including the Yehudi Menuhin School.

A trained leadership coach, he occasionally writes for the education press and is a judge for the annual TES Awards. He’s also a fellow of the RSA. A keen cyclist, gardener and cook, he plays the trumpet. His wife Dawn is a managing director at Accenture and they have a lively Airedale terrier, Parker.


Children can join the school from the age of 7 to 16, but the commonest entry points...

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

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