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hank you for taking the time to look at We want them to be rounded individuals, our prospectus. not simply ‘trained performers’ but At Tring Park we provide a terrific ‘thinking performers’. We are also opportunity for our pupils to receive determined that when our young people a rigorous training in the performing leave Tring Park they take with them the arts combined with a balanced and values of kindness, fairness and tolerance wide-ranging academic curriculum. so that they can make a positive Within our nurturing community we contribution to the wider world whatever aim to inspire pupils always to aim for career they choose to follow. excellence, encourage their creativity and Please do come and visit us. We look develop the resilience necessary for them forward to welcoming you to our unique to thrive in their careers and lives after school. school. With my best wishes, We expect our young people to Stefan Anderson work hard, with real commitment and dedication and they rise to this challenge.

Inspiring excellence, creativity and resilience ina nurturing community


Acting Course T

his course demands curiosity, commitment and courage from its students who explore their potential in a wide variety of contexts, whilst acquiring technical skills and a broad understanding of the theatre. The approach is openminded and eclectic, avoiding rigid doctrines and treating each student as an individual. Emphasis is placed on the need for an honest and personal approach to all work, avoiding over-elaboration or hollow “staginess”. Improvisation classes and basic Stanislavskian exercises are used to explore the individual’s own boundaries, whilst class work based on a “right to fail” builds their confidence. Group creativity stems from an atmosphere of mutual trust and leads to more demanding opportunities.

Ages

16 to 18


At the same time, work on the A Level Theatre Studies and BTEC Performing Arts Course (outlined in detail under the Academic Courses) offers ‘the opportunity to link instinctive performance skills to a more objective and intellectual approach’. In today’s theatre, the ability of an actor to sing and dance is an invaluable advantage and the presence of highly trained professional dance and singing teachers enables students on this course to acquire such skills. Dancing is streamed according to ability and all students are expected to maintain a good standard of physical fitness. Students who play musical instruments are encouraged to continue private tuition and, where possible, musical ability is utilised within productions or devised work.


Over the course of their two years, students will experience a range of different performance styles. In the Autumn Term Lower Sixth students perform a Theatre in Education show which tours local primary schools. The Upper Sixth students’ showcase production, also in the Autumn Term, has included Amadeus, Red Noses, The Government Inspector, Twelve Angry Men, Antigone, The Children’s Hour, Our Country’s Good, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and The Visit. In the second term all students are cast in a number of contemporary plays which are performed over a week in repertory. During the Festival of Contemporary Theatre, students have the opportunity to not only perform but also take part in question and answer sessions with the cast and director and it is hoped in the near future other schools will be invited to take part.

Acting Course


Recent plays have included Gut Girls, La Ronde, Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean and Whose Life is it Anyway? During rehearsals for Whose Life is it Anyway? the cast visited The National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and spoke to paraplegic patients as part of their research. These links lead to a fundraising performance for the medical and administration staff from the unit. As a result of past festival performances, students have also been invited to perform as part of the National Student Drama Festival Ensemble. In the final term the department traditionally creates an original performance for the Founders’ Day Performance. In recent years this has included physical theatre, an abridged version of Macbeth and even a short film. This production allows students to have an even greater input into the creation of the work and encourages them to work collaboratively with their peers and staff, taking responsibility for all areas of the final performance. In recent years some students have been involved in film making and are encouraged to work both in front of and behind the camera. The department has recently acquired a fully equipped edit suite which allows pupils to follow the production through from filming to editing the final piece. This work can enhance skills learnt on the Film Studies A Level and Media Studies A Level.


Objectives

Acting Course

 To enable those who aspire to a career in the theatre to fully explore and assess their potential  To foster and develop a deeper understanding of, and commitment to the Performing Arts  To encourage innovation, instil self-confidence and prepare students for life after school

Classes include:  Acting Technique  Vocal Technique  Classical Text  Contemporary Text  Acting for Camera  Physical Theatre  Movement for Actors  Improvisation  Dance (streamed according to ability)  Singing Prescribed classes are compulsory and private singing lessons are recommended where appropriate.


Commercial Music T Course Ages

16 to 18

his comprehensive Music Course at Tring Park is aimed at talented musicians who have an interest in creating and performing popular music. The curriculum covers three broad interdisciplinary areas of learning: performance practice; songwriting and creative musicianship; and music technology. Our students must display creativity, intellect, enthusiasm and confidence in order to maximise their potential on the Course. Students graduating from the Commercial Music Course may find themselves ready to enter the industry or undergo further training. Former students have gone on to gain places at some of the most prestigious music colleges and conservatoires, including The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (UK), Berklee College of Music (USA), Academy of Contemporary Music (UK), Leeds College of Music and Royal Northern College of Music (UK). Industry masterclasses and networking opportunities complement the technical training on the Course. Recent sessions have included: Juliet Russell (The Voice), Claire Martin OBE (BBC Radio 3 – The Jazz Line-Up), Frank Turner, Dani Sawyerr (A&R Manager at Universal Music Group), Lindy Robbins, Steve Robson and Fraser MacColl (Jungle).


Performance Practice

Professional musicians work in a highly competitive environment. They must be able to deliver performances in a wide range of situations; in the studio, as a solo performer, as part of a group or in a live venue, often under great pressure. To be able to work in this environment musicians rely upon the foundation of polished technique, timing, tone and control. Coupled with this, they have to develop an adaptive, professional approach to continuous improvement of their musical and vocal skills. These classes focus on two areas: first, the ability to play or sing with fluency, dexterity and the authority of a seasoned performer, and secondly, arriving at that point through a logical and structured practice routine. Tone production, timing and rhythmic control are fundamental to the success of these classes. When students develop and use a structured practice routine they ‘break down’ the areas of their playing or singing that need attention. A reflective and dedicated approach to practice enables students to maximise their improvements. The best way to consolidate and reinforce technical skills is to practise and then perform.


Commercial Music Course Ensemble Skills

A core component of the course is the ability to work eectively with others. Ensemble skills throughout the course enables the students to eectively participate as part of a band or ensemble. In addition to this, the students also gain expertise in the ancillary skills that are required in the planning and execution of a public performance such as marketing and promotion, musical direction, management, organisational skills and communication with an audience.


Songwriting and Commercial Creative Musicianship Music Another key strand of the Commercial Music course is original composition and songwriting. Composition is a fundamental skill essential for a variety of careers within the music industry. Whether the intention is to be a composer, a musician, sound engineer or producer, versatility is a vital component in today’s constantly evolving music industry and so a broad skill set is always advantageous. These classes involve a study of the creative compositional process from the initial idea to the final version of a piece or song.

Course

Other classes include:  Session skills  Digital recording and production  Songwriting  Live performance  Theory and Aural  Fitness/Movement  All students on the Commercial Music course receive two free weekly instrumental/vocal lessons  Masterclasses with visiting industry professionals


Music Technology

The digital recording and production skills taught on the course allow students to develop their technical knowledge and understanding of what goes into successfully creating, recording and mastering popular music. Students on the course are taught to use industry standard software.

Timetable

The Commercial Music course timetable aims to provide a exible and vocationally relevant programme of study that equips students with the skills to develop realistic employment opportunities in the music industry or to progress in to Higher Education.


Three-Year Dance Course

Ages

16 to 19

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raduate alumni of this highly successful Dance Course (awarded a ‘1’ for Outstanding by Ofsted, November 2015) are to be found in a wide variety of worldclass companies. Some of these include: Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, New York City Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Ballet Theatre UK, New Adventures, Random Dance Company, to name a few, and our graduates appear in many West End Shows, TV and media. Graduates from Tring Park are prepared for multiple career opportunities. The unique characteristic of a Tring Park dancer is that they have high-level skills in Classical Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz Dance. Many graduates are now working at the top of the dance industry and in post-performing careers, as artistic directors, company managers, and choreographers.


Teaching

Our outstanding faculty of teachers have all had highly successful careers and are committed to ensuring that each individual student develops to their full potential. Our teachers are passionate about their subjects, which results in motivated students who achieve high levels of skill and artistry. Guest teachers visit frequently, and students are oered workshop opportunities to expand their skills and experience.


Tutorials

Students are assigned a vocational and academic tutor. They meet with their tutors once a week. They are also assigned a dance department tutor who meets with their year group once a term and is in place to mentor and guide them through their dance studies.

Assessments

Formal assessments are undertaken twice a year. Teachers take the time to give detailed one-to-one feedback to students to enable them to identify their own strengths and areas for improvement, and to help them set their own targets. The assessments are an opportunity for the Co-Directors of Dance, supported by a panel of teachers, to ensure that appropriate progress and application of knowledge is evident across all areas of training.


Choreography

At Tring Park we believe in developing the creative skills of our dancers. Students develop their choreographic skills, and, with skilful mentoring, create shows in which they present their own work. The standard of choreographic talent is evident in the number of graduates who progress to work professionally as choreographers.

Three-Year Dance Course


Course Outline and Progression

Three-Year Dance Course

In the first and second years of training, students will study Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance and Jazz Dance. Other subjects studied include Pointe Work, Repertoire, Solos, Pas De Deux, Pilates, Conditioning including weights and Commercial Dance. In the third and final year of training the course becomes Encore Dance Company and the students’ focus will be the Encore Dance Tour. Alongside their daily training students will work with industry choreographers who will help mould the content of the tour. Students will learn new skills and adapt to working as a company. This important final year gives students opportunities to perform work by industry choreographers. Additional classes in Jazz Double Work and Contact Improvisation are added to their timetable. Students also work on the completion of their Level 6 Trinity Diploma. Trinity monitors their progress throughout the three years of training and they benchmark abilities across the whole sector.


Performances

Dancers have the opportunity to perform on multiple performance platforms. Annually the 6th Form students participate in their Dance Show performed at the Markova Theatre and at external venues.

Framework

learning course through Middlesex University once the student has gained their first professional Job. Third Year Sixth Form students are required to live off campus and find their own suitable accommodation. Parents and students are responsible for dealing with finances and administration of this accommodation. Students may continue to take lunch at the school.

At the successful completion of the third year and if all assessments and Professional Studies have been passed and guided learning hours have been fulfilled, students should achieve the National Diploma in Professional Dance which is a level 6 qualification within the National Vocational Qualifications framework. Later, this can be converted into a B.A. in Professional Practice via a distance


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he Musical Theatre Course aims to equip students with a sound understanding and technique in the relevant styles of singing, dancing and acting with a realistic and appropriate contemporary bias that might enable students to enter further training or the current market of performance. The curriculum is delivered by Musical Theatre practitioners with direct recent or current experience. This is supported by a programme of visiting artists from a variety of sources within professional Musical Theatre. Throughout the Course, students are aorded a plethora of opportunities to develop their skills in all areas of Musical Theatre, create a thorough portfolio, and gain experience and appropriate exposure through diverse performance platforms. Book musicals, revue shows, satire, parody and cabaret feature throughout the Course and students beneďŹ t from the opportunity of performing, not only in our own theatre, but in venues nationwide.

Ages

16 to 18


The programme of performances, workshops and masterclasses reflects the multifaceted nature of professional Musical Theatre. There is a unique partnership with the central London venue – The Pheasantry. Current Musical Theatre Course students can audition periodically to appear alongside recent graduates at this iconic cabaret venue. In singing classes, students are encouraged to develop a strong and secure technique with emphasis on application through performance, repertoire, and portfolio work. In Dance, the emphasis is on versatility, with core training in Jazz, Ballet and Tap. Acting classes are based around both script and improvisation work, with a strong focus on confidence, character, voice and dialect.


Musical Theatre Course Alumni

A significant percentage of students from the Musical Theatre Course are currently forging careers in the West End and in major UK and international tours in productions such as Hamilton, Wicked, Les Miserables, Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia, 42nd Street, Singin’ In The Rain, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hadestown, Kinky Boots, Rocky Horror Show as well as TV and film credits., as well as film (Lily James, Yesterday, Churchill, Mamma Mia etc; Daisy Ridley, Star Wars) and TV credits. Students have successfully auditioned for degree courses at Arts Ed, Guildford School of Acting, Mountview, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Guildhall, RADA, Bristol Old Vic, Bird College, Urdang and London Studio Centre.


Musical Theatre Course


Components

Singing: Performance and Repertoire The singing content of the Musical Theatre Course is performance and repertoire based throughout. In all classes, students will be sourcing and learning Musical Theatre repertoire, enabling them to build an extensive portfolio of varied material. The musical areas that will be covered are:  Genre Studies  Interpretation  Theory  Sight Singing  Dance In Dance lessons, our emphasis is on versatility and performance skills, underpinned by a secure and sound technique. Students study:  Jazz  Ballet  Tap  Musical Theatre Repertoire  Body Conditioning  Acting

Musical Theatre Course


The Acting element completes the third specialist skill. Students will be guided and encouraged to express themselves, acting with conviction and consistency. Classes include:  Character Studies  Voice  Dialect  Monologues  Improvisation  Audition Technique Classes in audition technique feature regularly, exploring a wide range of audition scenarios, building confidence and asserting an understanding of self-sufficiency and preparation prerequisites. These are punctuated with audition workshops with visiting Musical Theatre exponents introducing the students to current trends, forging valuable links with professionals in the industry and developing flourishing associations with agents and casting directors.


Middle School Dance Course E

ntry to the Dance Course is by audition or by progression from the Junior Dance Course. The focus of the Dance Course is Classical Ballet with additional training in Contemporary and Jazz Dance.

The Curriculum

The Course consists of in-depth training in Classical Ballet. Pupils also study Contemporary and Jazz Dance and have additional classes in Pointe work, Repertoire, Virtuosity, Pas De Deux, Solos, Pilates, Body Conditioning and Weights. Training is supplemented by RAD and ISTD modern and tap syllabus classes which are held on Saturdays.

Performances

The Young Dancers Show takes place in the Spring term and is performed in the Markova Theatre and all Middle School Dance Course pupils take part.

Ages

14 to 16


Assessment and Progress

The pupils are assessed formally twice a year in their three core subjects of Classical Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary Dance. Before the assessment, dancers are expected to complete a Self-Assessment to encourage them to be objective about their skills with reference to published criteria for each genre. After the assessment, each dancer is given one-to-one feedback from their teacher and are supported in identifying strengths, areas for improvement, and goals.


Tutorials

Pupils are assigned a vocational and academic tutor. They meet with their tutors once a week. They are also assigned a dance department tutor who meets with their year group once a term and is in place to mentor and guide them through their dance studies.

RAD, Cecchetti, ISTD Examinations and Competitions

Pupils can be prepared for examinations in RAD Ballet, Cecchetti Ballet and ISTD Modern and Tap. Members of the Sixth Form Dance Course can also take Solo Seal and can be prepared for the Royal Academy of Dance’s Adeline Genée Awards. The RAD classes for all take place on Saturdays and are an important part of the weekly curriculum. Unless a student is on a scholarship, these classes are re-chargeable. There is no extra charge for attending the ISTD Modern and Tap Saturday classes. Entry to external competitions are at the discretion of the Co-Directors of Dance and the Principal.

Additional Private Lessons

For some dancers, it might be appropriate to have additional private lessons to support the work of their dance teacher. This is available in Alexander Technique or in Pilates technique. The teacher will identify whether a pupil would benefit from these additional private classes and parental consent would be obtained in all such cases. The cost of these classes is rechargeable to parents.


Middle School Dance Course

Progression

At the end of the Fifth Form (Year 11) a careful discussion takes place with the parents and the pupil to select the most appropriate course in Sixth Form. Dance Course pupils progress to the Senior Dance Course where the core subjects of Classical Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz Dance are developed.


Performance Foundation Course

Ages

14 to 16

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ntry to The Performance Foundation Course is by audition or by progression from the Performance Foundation Junior Course. The Performance Foundation Course aims to help pupils achieve their full vocational potential in all three core performance skills – Acting, Singing and Dancing, whilst supporting their academic endeavours in order to begin to equip them for the demands of the professional Performing Arts industry.

Objectives

 Prepare pupils for entry into the Sixth Form Acting, Musical Theatre or Commercial Music Courses at Tring Park  Nurture confident pupils with a professional attitude  Provide performance opportunities both within and outside the school in order to provide true vocational training  Facilitate gifted and talented pupils to achieve their potential in Singing, Dancing and Acting  Inspire pupils to develop their passion for performance through theatre trips and master classes  Promote independent learning and autonomy through having a professional set of resources for pupils to use


The Curriculum

The timetable offers core classes in the three major vocational subjects: Singing, Acting and Dance. This gives pupils as broad a vocational education as possible so that pupils can explore the opportunities that become available to them as they progress through the school. The core classes include:  Singing: Group and Solo Repertoire, Healthy vocal technique and harmony work  Acting: Voice, Text, Improvisation and Character work.  Dance: Jazz, Ballet, Tap and Body Conditioning

Performances

Alongside core classes, pupils choose to take part in either a Musical Theatre, Acting or Commercial Music project each term. These projects culminate in a performance opportunity in both the Autumn and Summer Terms. This gives pupils the opportunity to fully explore the vocational pathways open to them and enables them to make an informed choice as to which path to pursue in the Sixth Form. Pupils will also have the opportunity to audition for in-house performances and occasional external engagements.


Assessment and Progress

We encourage our pupils to be motivated and driven, but most of all passionate about their subjects. We believe that by teaching our pupils to think for themselves, with honest but encouraging feedback, we will help them to develop their knowledge in and around each subject. Pupils are formally assessed in Dance, Acting and Singing in the Spring Term of each year after which feedback is given by staff to identify strengths and highlight areas for improvement. In addition to this, pupils are assessed on an ongoing basis. They are offered tutorials, when necessary, with the Director or Deputies of the Performance Foundation Course to address any concerns and to monitor their overall progress. We focus on each pupil’s development as an individual and pride ourselves on creating talented, well-rounded, focused, self-assured and happy pupils.

Performance Foundation Course


Workshops and Performances

On occasion, guest teachers are invited to the school to deliver professional workshops in a variety of subjects and pupils are also taken to see live performances.

Progression

Pupils on the Performance Foundation Course will progress to the Acting, Musical Theatre or Commercial Music Courses in the Sixth Form. This decision is reached through consultation with pupils, the Director and Deputies of the Performance Foundation Course and the Directors of Sixth Form Courses.


Junior Dance Course Ages

11 to 14

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ntry to the Junior Dance Course is by audition. The focus of the Dance Course is based in Classical Ballet with additional training in Modern and Tap Dance. Contemporary Dance is introduced in the Third Form (Year 9).

The Curriculum

The course consists of in-depth training in Classical Ballet. Pupils also study Modern Dance, Tap Dance and have additional classes in Pointe work, boys only classes and Pilates. The Third Form pupils’ training is supplemented by RAD and ISTD Modern and Tap syllabus classes which are held on Saturdays. Other vocational subjects such as Drama and Choir complement the pupils’ training.

Performances

The Young Dancers Show takes place in the Spring term and is performed in the Markova Theatre and all Junior Dance Course pupils take part. For the last fifty years, Tring Park has had an association with English National Ballet Company and every September, we welcome the ballet master from English National Ballet company to come into school to audition the junior dancers for their season of Nutcracker. They usually choose two casts of 12 or so dancers and cast two lead roles of Clara and Freddie and their understudies.


Junior Choreography Competition

The Dance department believes that it is important to foster creativity and encourage dancers to choreograph from a young age. Junior Dance Course pupils are eligible to enter the annual Junior Choreography Competition. The ďŹ nal takes place in front of an invited external adjudicator from the dance industry.


Assessment and Progress

Pupils are assessed formally twice a year in their two core subjects of Ballet and Modern Dance. Teachers prepare pupils in the classes preceding the assessment, and after the assessment, each pupil is given one-to-one personal feedback from their teacher and supported in identifying strengths, areas for improvement and goals.

Junior Dance Course

Tutorials

Pupils have annual one-to-one tutorials with the Co-Directors of Dance and their dance teachers. This is done informally to identify goal-setting and to ensure the pupil has an opportunity to discuss their progress in depth.

RAD and ISTD Examinations

Pupils can be prepared for examinations in RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern and Tap from Third Form (Year 9). The RAD classes for all take place on Saturdays and are an important part of the weekly curriculum. Unless a student is on a scholarship, these classes are re-chargeable. There is no extra charge for attending the ISTD Modern and Tap Saturday classes.


Additional private lessons

For some pupils, it might be appropriate to have additional private lessons to support the work of their dance teacher. This is available in Alexander Technique or in Pilates. The teacher will identify if a pupil might beneďŹ t from these additional private classes and parental consent would be obtained in all such cases. The cost of these classes is rechargeable to parents.

Progression

Third Form students (Year 9) progress from the Junior Dance Course onto the Middle School Dance Course, where the core subjects are in Classical Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz Dance.

Funding

The school has a limited number of Music and Dance Scheme (MDS) scholarships which are allocated, by audition, to elite dancers who demonstrate they have the potential to be Classical dancers. Pupils in receipt of the MDS scholarship are expected to show a professional attitude, self-discipline, motivation and a passion to succeed.


Ages

Performance Foundation Junior Course

11 to 14

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ntry to the Performance Foundation Course Juniors is by audition. The Performance Foundation Course Juniors aims to help pupils achieve their full vocational potential in Singing, Acting and Dancing whilst supporting their academic endeavours. We provide a holistic approach to each pupil’s development as an individual and strive to create talented, wellrounded, focussed, self-assured and happy pupils.

The Curriculum

The timetable offers the three major vocational disciplines of Acting, Singing and Dance in roughly equal measure.  Singing: Group and Solo Performance and Repertoire, Harmony, healthy vocal production  Acting: Acting technique, Voice, Script work, Improvisation, Character work, and LAMDA tuition (optional)  Dance: Ballet, Modern, Tap and Body Conditioning


Performance

Each year pupils are offered a number of performance opportunities both within the school and outside. The main show for Performance Foundation Course Juniors takes place in the school’s Markova Theatre in the Summer Term. Pupils will also take part in a performance for Founders’ Day which takes place at the end of the school year in July. Pupils have the opportunity to audition for additional performance opportunities both within the school and externally.


Assessment and Progress

Pupils are assessed in Dance, Acting and Singing on a termly basis. After each assessment pupils are given feedback tutorials and are required to ďŹ ll in a self-evaluation form to allow strengths to be identiďŹ ed and targets for improvement set.

Funding

Funding for the Performance Foundation Course Juniors is available through a limited number of school scholarships. After the initial audition, potential Scholars are invited back to a funding audition. Scholarships are awarded based on talent, but any funding given is means-tested in line with other Government-based schemes.


Additional Classes

Peformance Foundation Junior Course

Performance Foundation Course Juniors also have the opportunity to take additional classes in Alexander Technique, Pilates and RAD and ISTD classes (at the discretion of the Director of the Course). Please note that the cost of these classes is rechargeable to parents.

Progression

Performance Foundation Course Juniors progress to the Performance Foundation Course in the Fourth Form (Year 10).


Preparatory Department P Ages

8 to 11

reparatory Department consists of pupils aged eight to 11. Pupils undertake both academic and vocational lessons which are intermingled throughout the day. Academic subjects are delivered by our Preparatory class teacher in their designated classroom, with some subjects being provided by subject teachers. All vocational lessons are taught by specialists, many of whom have worked professionally in the performing arts industry. Our Preps have a varied and fulďŹ lling curriculum: they are oered opportunities to take on special responsibilities, such as being elected to the Student Council, and are able to vote in prefect elections. Our Preparatory pupils are fully integrated into the main school and older students enjoy supporting them with reading and other classroom activities.


Pupils go on excursions to enhance their studies including trips to The British Museum, The Natural History Museum at Tring and Chiltern Open Air Museum. Our pupils also participate in weekly swimming sessions. Preparatory pupils share their talents in performances including the Music Showcase, Young Dancers Show and their own, very popular, Prep Show (Drama based) each year. Our Preps are notable for their zest for life and determination to achieve in their chosen ďŹ eld. Discipline is a priority throughout all areas of their schooling, preparing them for secondary education and the disciplined Performing Arts industry. The integration of dierent age groups within the Preparatory Department encourages children to be supportive and patient with each other and to lead by example, ensuring a smooth transition to secondary education.


Music All Ages

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ring Park’s Music Department encompasses both the academic and vocational areas of the curriculum, providing pupils with the skills necessary to become professional performers. Our Music staff work closely with the other departments in the school to provide an in-depth and rounded musical education and training. Music at Tring Park covers a wide range of genres to a very high standard, and many pupils from the school go on to study Music in Further Education.

Pupils in the Music Department are prepared for the performance aspects of all external examinations by more than twenty experienced peripatetic musicians and teachers. Pupils can also receive individual tuition on a wide range of instruments, including:  Singing  Piano – classical and jazz  Guitar – classical and electric  Bass Guitar  Saxophone  Drum kit  Violin/viola  Cello  Double Bass  Flute  Harp


Pupils have the option to take extra-curricular lessons in Music Theory and may enter music examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Music Theatre, Rockschool and Trinity Guildhall. Tring Park is home to awardwinning Chamber and Mixed Voice Choirs, and our ensembles vary according to the needs and strengths of current pupils. Types of ensembles from our Music Department include:  String ensembles  String quartets  Saxophone groups  Rock Band  Soul Band  Barbershop Choir  ‘16’ - an elite Upper School mixed voice choir which won the 2016 and 2019 BBC Songs of Praise Senior School Choir of the Year.


Associated Courses Welcome

Ballet and ISTD Tap and Modern. There are also adult classes in a range of subjects. These are pitched at a ‘general’ level and Tring Park is committed to giving cater for a range of experience. as many people as possible the Classes run on weekdays after school hours opportunity to perform. We run a range and all day on Saturdays and are held in of programmes designed to engage the Park Studios in the grounds of Tring and excite both young people and Park School and in nearby Victoria Hall adults. Performing Arts encourage on some weekday evenings. Pupils over discipline and creativity whilst giving the age of nine are required to audition pupils the opportunity to make new and pupils between three and eight friends. Performing can also increase are welcome to trial potential classes self-confidence and help participants to once before enrolling. explore the world around them through All pupils are given the opportunity new eyes. to perform in the school’s Markova Theatre on a regular basis. This gives TPA pupils the chance to develop their performance skills alongside their technique and allows parents to see their Patrons: Stephen Mear, Anthony Van offspring on stage. Laast MBE and Adam Garcia. Tring Park offers a range of associated courses, including regular classes during term time and a wide range of holiday courses throughout the year, which Tring Park Associates (TPA) pupils are welcome to sign up for. Training with TPA is available to the local community and those able to travel to weekly classes. Disciplines taught include Ballet, pointe work, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Street Dance, Contemporary, Acting, Singing and Musical Theatre Dance. Pupils are entered for examinations in RAD

Tring Park Associates


TPA gives pupils access to high quality training in professional studios and the ability to develop technical, performance and social skills in a supportive environment. Pupils often progress into the main school or other vocational training, or go on to study with associated programmes such as the Classical Ballet Academy. TPA and Holiday Courses are also aďŹƒliated with AM Kids Agency which is run by former West End performer Adelle Moss. This gives pupils the opportunity to audition for the agency and to be represented for professional work. For more information visit www. amkidsagency.com. Holiday Courses run throughout the year and are bookable via our website www.tringpark.com. They are designed to give participants the opportunity to work with world-class teachers and professionals in subjects that they may not study regularly. There are several residential courses throughout the year which serve as a taster of boarding school life and often lead to participants auditioning for the main school. Shorter day and weekend courses oer a wide range of experiences and often inspire pupils to audition for TPA or other courses and programmes at the school.


Kick Start Boys’ Programme Kick Start is a special programme for boys who are interested in Dance and the Performing Arts. Boys are given the opportunity to learn from a predominantly male faculty with a focus on technique, physical strength training, creativity and performance. Pupils receive three classes in each session:  Classical Ballet technique  Jazz technique  Variety class, which includes Contemporary, Street Dance, Singing, Drama and Music Seniors and invited Intermediate dancers will receive a 45-minute training session including:  Upper body training  Stretching and fitness exercises Kick Start is held on three Sundays per term and is intended as a supplement to Dance classes that pupils already attend. Age range 8 to 16 years

Classical Ballet Academy The Classical Ballet Academy aims to discover talented children and to provide them with the highest level of classical training available. The programme is designed to complement their studies with their regular dance teacher. The focus is on honing and developing technique whilst working with other talented children who share the same goals and ambitions to have a career in Dance. Classes are held six Sundays per term in our Park Studios and include a non-syllabus Ballet class, stretching and conditioning, pointe work and repertoire. Pupils work in small, streamed groups in order that every pupil is able to achieve their full potential. There is also the opportunity to take part in Street Dance, Contemporary or Musical Theatre workshops at the end of every term. Entry to the Classical Ballet Academy is by audition only. Age range: 7 to 17 years


Summer Dance Course The Summer Dance Course is held during the school summer holidays every year. The Course offers pupils a wide range The Easter Dance Course is held during the of Dance genres including Ballet, Jazz, school Easter holidays every year. Contemporary, Street, Choreography The Course is a fantastic opportunity to and classical Character work. Pupils work experience life at Tring Park. The intensive with world-class teachers and industry Course provides Dance training in Ballet, Jazz, professionals in our beautiful Park Studios. Commercial, Musical Theatre (Dance) and Special events and games take place in the Contemporary. We also arrange masterclasses with evening. industry professionals. Tap is offered to the more Some previous Dance training is required experienced pupils when possible. The timetable for this course. is varied and depends on the availability of genre teachers. Age Range A theatre trip is organised during the week, either Day pupils: 8 to 16 years in London or a regional theatre. Day and boarding Boarders: 9 to 16 years pupils are all included on this trip. Other evening activities include a talent show and a quiz held in the Markova Theatre. Previous Dance training is necessary for this course.

Easter Dance Course

Age Range Day Pupils: 8 – 16 years Boarders: 9 – 16 years


Musical Theatre Summer Course The Musical Theatre Summer Course is held during the school summer holidays every year. Pupils can enjoy an intensive week of Singing, Dancing and Acting with industry professionals whilst making new friends who share a keen interest in Musical Theatre. The Course is designed to give pupils an insight into how it feels to be part of a creative process while developing their individual skills as a performer. Pupils take part in various classes and workshops. The week culminates in a final performance in the school’s Markova Theatre to which parents are warmly invited. All classes take place in the new purpose-built Park Studios. Previous training in one or more genres is preferable. Evening Activities  scavenger hunt and Drama games  quiz night  BBQ and lawn games  visit to a show (ticket and transport cost included in fee)  internal talent show held in Tring Park’s Markova Theatre. Age Range 10 – 16 years


Summer Acting Course The Acting Summer Course is held during the Summer school holiday every year. Do you enjoy drama and performing? You will have the opportunity to: Work with professional acting tutors and industry professionals, Learn acting technique for both theatre and TV, improvisation and drama games, devised and text work. In the evening, many activities are provided which are opportunities to make new friends and learn from industry professionals. Evening Activities (activities may vary)  Scavenger hunt and drama games  Quiz night  BBQ and lawn games  Internal talent show held in Tring Park’s Markova Theatre No previous training is necessary. Age Range 10 - 16

Performance and Holiday Courses

Tring Park’s Performance and Holiday Courses include: Adult Dance Workshop Day Autumn Day of Dance Ballet Intensive Weekend Boys’ Day of Dance and Paul Watson Bursary Christmas Junior Day of Dance Contemporary Day of Dance Junior Musical Theatre Workshop Weekend Residential Acting Course Residential Easter Dance Course Residential Musical Theatre Course Residential Summer Dance Course Spring Day of Dance Courses may vary from year to year. For further information: tringpark.com/associatedcourses or please contact holidaycourses@tringpark.com or Tel. 01442 821652


Pastoral Care P

astoral care at Tring Park is delivered to both boarding and day pupils by an experienced team of House Masters and House Mistresses and personal tutors, all of whom are committed to the growth and wellbeing of the pupils that they support. They are well versed in the highs and lows of boarding school life and they are always ready with a sympathetic ear, sound advice and a mug of hot chocolate. Many members of our pastoral team were boarders themselves or experienced boarding as parents through their own children. This wealth of knowledge and understanding is invaluable when it comes to forming solid relationships with our pupils and their families.

Support

There is always someone to talk to at Tring Park. In addition to their House Master or Mistress and personal tutor, new pupils are given a peer mentor upon arrival to guide them through the daily routines and to help them settle into school life. Pupils also have access to our Student Support Service, a team of counsellors and independent listeners who are ready to listen and help pupils resolve any worries. Our Medical Centre sta are as good with advice as they are with the medical needs of the pupils in their care. At Tring Park, we understand that young artists are more likely to push themselves, both vocationally and academically, when they feel safe and supported in their surroundings. The pastoral team is integral in teaching our pupils about core values and respect for each other. This is evident in the family atmosphere that we see at Tring Park every day.


Activities

In addition to the well-equipped common room facilities, there are plenty of after-school activities for boarders at Tring Park. These range from movie nights and swimming trips to knitting tutorials, or perhaps a game of football on our back lawn. Weekends are an opportunity to relax after a busy schedule of academic and vocational study, but we also offer a full programme of activities for those who wish to keep busy. After Saturday morning prep, our pupils have the opportunity to take part in craft workshops and, of course, there is the ever-popular weekly tuck-run to the local supermarket for our younger pupils. On Sundays, we always have a trip on offer: this could be anything from bowling to rock climbing, or even visiting a theme park!

Menu

Our dedicated catering team at Tring Park is committed to providing varied and balanced menus for our pupils, all of which are made from scratch using fresh ingredients. We have a three-week menu cycle which changes each term. For breakfast, we offer cooked food and a wide selection of cereals, fresh fruit, fruit juice and ample supplies of toast and hot drinks. On selected Sundays, we also have brunch, when pupils are treated to a full English breakfast.


For lunch, we have a choice of three hot meals including a vegetarian option. Homemade soup is also on oer, as well as a salad bar, a selection of fruit and, of course, a proper pudding! Afternoon tea consists of homemade cakes and biscuits, as well as plenty of bread and jam, fruit cordial, milk and hot drinks. For supper, pupils have a choice of soup and three hot meals, including a vegetarian option. We also provide a salad bar and a pudding, plus fruit salad or yoghurt. In addition to this, we have themed menu days in order to introduce foods from around the world, or sometimes just for fun - like the hugely popular Pirate Week! Special diets can be catered for on request.

Spirituality

Tring Park is a non-denominational school with a Christian foundation and we welcome children of all faiths. On the second Sunday of each month, Prep to Fifth Form boarders attend either Tring Parish Church or the Roman Catholic Church of Corpus Christi for their Sunday service. Pupils are not required to attend church if it is contrary to their personal faith. On the last Sunday of each month, talks or services from representatives of dierent faiths are held at school to educate pupils about a wide range of religions.


Sixth Form

In the Sixth Form, pastoral care underpins the strong work ethic that is instilled in our students by our academic and vocational departments. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own time management and they are provided with the resources that they need in order to achieve their potential. Sixth Form residents enjoy the privilege of more freedom at weekends and in the evenings. Each Sixth Form house has its own residential House Master or Mistress who endeavours to provide a secure and relaxed environment whilst encouraging a respectful attitude within the house.


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Disclaimer: The school reserves the right to change the structure of the courses and subjects it offers without prior notice.


Contacts Tring Park School for the Performing Arts Mansion Drive Tring Hertfordshire HP23 5LX Tel +44 (0)1442 824255 Fax +44(0)1442 891069 info@tringpark.com tringpark.com Registered Charity no. 1040330


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Tring Park School for the Performing Arts - Vocational Prospectus  

Introduction to the Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre and Commercial Music Vocational courses offered alongside an Academic curriculum for 8 to...

Tring Park School for the Performing Arts - Vocational Prospectus  

Introduction to the Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre and Commercial Music Vocational courses offered alongside an Academic curriculum for 8 to...

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