Arts Educational Schools, London

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Arts Educational Schools, London
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Cone Ripman House
14 Bath Road
Turnham Green Park

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W4 1LY

Established1939; 81 years ago (1939)
FounderGrace Cone and Olive Ripman
Local authorityHounslow
SpecialistPerforming arts
Department for Education URN102551 Tables
PresidentAndrew Lloyd Webber
PrincipalChris Hocking

Arts Educational Schools, or 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 had been accredited by Drama UK (organization dissolved in 2016), and it offers Qualifications and Curriculum Authority recognised qualifications validated by the City University London or Trinity College, London.

ArtsEd 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 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.[citation needed]

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

It is a member of the Federation of Drama Schools.[4]


ArtsEd originated from two schools: one founded in 1919 by Grace Cone, the other in 1922 by Olive Ripman. Both offered curricula combining a general academic education with training in dance, drama, music and art, in preparation for professional careers in or connected with the theatre. In 1939 the two schools amalgamated to form the Cone Ripman School, later named the Arts Educational Schools.[5]

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

In 1941, the school reopened at Stratford Place, while the second school continued to operate in Tring. In 1947, both schools were renamed the Arts Educational Schools. The London school was later based at Golden Lane House in the Barbican until 1986 when the school purchased the former buildings of Acton and Chiswick Polytechnic. This building 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 and Dame Beryl Grey became Director in the 1960s. Dame Alicia was succeeded in 2007 by 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, and was succeeded by Jane Harrison. The current dean is Chris Hocking.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Qualifications and courses[edit]

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[edit]


  1. ^ "Grants and bursaries for adult learners". Archived from the original on 4 February 2009. Retrieved 6 February 2009.
  2. ^ Dance and Drama 10023485 Archived 16 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^, Ofsted Communications Team. (14 December 2017). "Find an inspection report and registered childcare". Archived from the original on 25 June 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  4. ^ Granger, Rachel. "Rapid Scoping Study on Leicester Drama School" (PDF). De Montfort University Leicester. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  5. ^ "About Us". Archived from the original on 13 August 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Alumni". Arts Educational Schools London. 2014. Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014.

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