Arts Educational Schools, London

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Arts Educational Schools, London
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Established 1939; 79 years ago (1939)
Type Independent
President Andrew Lloyd Webber
Principal Chris Hocking
Founder Grace Cone and Olive Ripman
Location Cone Ripman House
14 Bath Road
Turnham Green Park

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Local authority Hounslow
DfE URN 102551 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11+

Arts Educational Schools, London, commonly known as ArtsEd is an independent performing arts school based in Chiswick in the London Borough of Hounslow.


ArtsEd provides specialist vocational training at secondary, further and higher education level in musical theatre and acting for film and television. The school also offers part-time and holiday courses in the performing arts. The school is accredited by Drama UK and it offers Qualifications and Curriculum Authority recognised qualifications validated by the City University London or Trinity College, London.

In 2013 ArtsEd was awarded a grant by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation to fund a refurbishment project. The money was spent on the main theatre, costume storage, the School of Film and Television and the school's access facilities.

Arts Educational Schools London is accredited by Drama UK and is one of twenty-one specialist performing arts schools approved to offer government-funded Dance and Drama Awards, a scheme established to subsidise the cost of professional dance and drama training for the most talented students at leading institutions.[1][2]

In 2015 the School was rated "Outstanding" by Ofsted.[3]


ArtsEd originated from two schools, one founded in 1919 by Grace Cone and one in 1922 by Olive Ripman. These two women were educational pioneers who believed passionately in the value of combining a general academic education with a specialised training in dance, drama, music and art, preparing young men and women for professional careers in or connected with the theatre. In 1939 Grace and Olive joined forces to create the Cone Ripman School, subsequently named the Arts Educational Schools.[4]

The school was first based in premises at Stratford Place in London, but following the outbreak of World War II, it was relocated to Tring, Hertfordshire, where it shared premises with Rothschild Bank in the mansion at Tring Park.

In 1941, the school reopened its premises at Stratford Place, while the second school continuing to operate in Tring. In 1947, both schools were renamed the Arts Educational Schools (, suffixed London or Tring Park). Ballerina Dame Beryl Grey became Director of the Schools in the 1960s. The schools, which had a high standard of ballet training introduced professional acting and musical theatre courses before many of their competitors. Since it was reopened, the London school was based in Piccadilly and later at Golden Lane House in the Barbican until 1986 when the school purchased the former buildings of Acton and Chiswick Polytechnic, which had merged with Maria Grey Training College to form the West London Institute of Higher Education ten years earlier. This building continues to be home to the school and is now known as Cone Ripman House.

In the 2000s the two schools became independent of each other, and the Tring school has been renamed Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. Today, Arts Educational Schools London is a co–educational Independent Day School and Sixth Form for pupils aged 11–18, and a professional conservatoire specialising in acting and musical theatre, as well as a range of part-time courses.

For many years, the president of the school was prima ballerina assoluta Dame Alicia Markova. She was succeeded in 2007 by the composer and theatre producer, Andrew Lloyd Webber. Iain Reid was dean of the schools from 1999 until his retirement in December 2006. He was succeeded by John Baraldi, former chief executive of Riverside Studios,and former director of the East 15 Acting School; Baraldi left the school in early 2009. The current Principal is Jane Harrison, formerly head of drama.

Notable alumni

See full list here Category:People educated at the Arts Educational Schools

Qualifications and courses

Full Time

  • GCSE, A Level and BTEC Courses
  • BA Hons in Acting (validated by City University, London)
  • BA Hons in Musical Theatre (validated by City University, London)
  • MA in Acting (validated by City University, London)
  • MA in Musical Theatre Creative Practise (validated by City University, London)
  • Level 6 Diploma in Professional Acting (validated by Trinity College London)
  • Level 6 Diploma in Musical Theatre (validated by Trinity College London)
  • Acting Foundation Course
  • Musical Theatre Foundation Course

Part Time

  • Post-Diploma BA Hons in Performance Studies (validated by City University, London)
  • Excelerate Evening Courses - Skills training and audition preparation
  • Holiday and Weekend Courses

See also


  1. ^ Dance and Drama 066987
  2. ^ Dance and Drama 10023485 Archived 16 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Alumni". Arts Educational Schools London. 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 

External links

  • Arts Educational Schools, London – official site
  • Arts Educational Schools, London[permanent dead link] – filed accounts

Coordinates: 51°29′46″N 0°15′09″W / 51.49611°N 0.25250°W / 51.49611; -0.25250

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