WHERE THE PERFORMING ARTS THRIVE
Tring Park School for the Performing Arts is one of a tiny handful of residential and day schools in the UK that stand at the forefront of specialist performing arts education
As well as its superlative Performing Arts curriculum, Tring Park also offers a full and rounded education to GCSE, BTEC and A-Level (up to 17 A-Level subjects), in an atmosphere of high academic performance. Tring Park is set in 17 acres of Hertfordshire countryside and occupies a beautiful former Rothschild Mansion. Three years ago the school opened its award-winning Park Studios, which add an invaluable resource to the school’s rehearsal and performance spaces.
At Tring Park talented young people from 8-19 can specialise in Dance, Drama, Musical Theatre or Commercial Music, whilst gaining excellent academic qualifications. Entrance is via audition and academic test. Scholarships are available for Dance via the Government’s Music and Dance Scheme and Dance and Drama Awards, and school scholarships and bursaries are available for Drama and Musical Theatre.
Pupils perform regularly both in Tring Park’s purpose-built Markova Theatre as well as in London, throughout the UK and Europe. Performances have included To Dance with the Gods at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Gershwin’s Crazy for You, The Boy Friend, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Rodgers & Hart’s Babes in Arms at the Shaw Theatre, London. Tring Park provides 25 young ballet dancers the chance to perform annually in the Christmas production of Nutcracker with English National Ballet at the London Coliseum. Current pupil Paris Fitzpatrick reached the Finals of the Ballet group in the BBC Young Dancer of the Year; pupil Kaine Ward completed a run as Billy in Billy Elliot at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre (one of three Tring Park students who have played the role); and Emily Robins has joined the cast of Matilda.
Past pupils include Caroline Quentin, Thandie Newton and Jane Seymour. Lily James stars as Cinderella in the new Disney blockbuster; Daisy Ridley will star in Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens; and Jessica Brown Findlay appeared in BBC1’s adaptation of Jamaica Inn as well as ITV’s Downton Abbey. Other alumni include Bryony Hannah and Helen George (BBC1’s Call the Midwife); Abiona Omonua (the award-winning production of The Color Purple); recent alumna Gabriella Williams takes over the lead role of Sophie in the West End production of Mamma Mia; Tyrone Singleton and Max Westwell are both Soloists at Birmingham Royal Ballet and the school boasts dancers in companies including English National Ballet, New York City Ballet and the Ballet Company of Serbia. See tringpark.com/alumni for further information.
Tring Park has considerable academic success with students entering Russell Group universities and Oxbridge. Students have gone on to careers in, for example, medicine and engineering whilst others retain their connections to the performing arts industry as choreographers, producers and directors.
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