Arts Educational Schools, London

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Arts Educational Schools, London
Established 1939; 76 years ago (1939)
Type Independent
President Andrew Lloyd Webber
Principal Jane Harrison
Founder Grace Cone and Olive Ripman
Location Cone Ripman House
14 Bath Road
Turnham Green Park

W4 1LY
Local authority Hounslow
DfE number 313/6064
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. The school originated from two schools, one founded in 1919 by Grace Cone and one in 1922 by Olive Ripman, and now 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 for all ages and levels of experience.

Based at the Cone Ripman House, the school prepares students for a professional career 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. It was rated "Outstanding" by Ofsted in 2012.[citation needed]


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. The Cone Ripman School became known as the Arts Educational Schools, London in 1939. The school was first based in premises at Stratford Place in London, but following the outbreak of World War II, the school was relocated to Tring, Hertfordshire, where it shared premises with the Rothschild Bank in the mansion at Tring Park.

In 1941, the school reopened its premises at Stratford Place, with a second school continuing to operate in Tring and in 1947, both schools were renamed the Arts Educational Schools (London/Tring Park). Since it was reopened, the London school has been based in various locations, until 1986 when the school purchased the former Acton and Chiswick Polytechnic. 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 Arts Educational Schools Tring Park has since been renamed Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. Today, the Arts Educational Schools London comprises a co–educational independent vocational school for pupils aged 11–16 with a sixth form for 16-18 year olds and a professional conservatoire specialising in acting and musical theatre.

For many years, the president of the school was prima ballerina assoluta Dame Alicia Markova and following her death in 2004, she was succeeded in 2007 by composer and theatre producer, Andrew Lloyd Webber (Baron Lloyd-Webber of Sydmonton).


Based in Chiswick in West London, ArtsEd plays a role in the local community with hundreds of visitors seeing its shows, using its training and facilities each year.

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]

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. Mr Baraldi left the school in early 2009. The current Principal is Jane Harrison, formerly head of drama at the school.

Notable Alumni[edit]

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

Qualifications and courses[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dance and Drama 066987
  2. ^ Dance and Drama 10023485
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Alumni". Arts Educational Schools London. 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