Tring Park School for the Performing Arts will embark on the first phase of its £12 million development today.
Principal Stefan Anderson will be assisted in a breaking-ground ceremony by the school’s head girl Josianne Germann and head boy Charles Waddell for the first phase of the new project.
The first new development will be a four-story building that will contain a state-of-the-art boarding house for 70 pupils, six academic and vocational teaching spaces, a theatre workshop and other valuable pupil facilities.
The new building is due to open in September 2019.
Phase two of the project will be a building containing pastoral support facilities, a Sixth Form Centre with study facilities, changing rooms for day pupils and a staff common room which will free up two additional teaching spaces elsewhere in the school.
Full planning permission has already been obtained and construction should start on the second building once phase one is complete.
The third and final phase of the master plan is a 450-seat theatre with backstage rooms that can be used as either changing rooms or teaching areas, allowing the school to add technical theatre skills including set design, sound and lighting to the curriculum.
The school’s marketing director Miriam Juviler said: “Our recent success stories in the world of entertainment have led to a huge increase in enquiries from parents, and we would like to expand our facilities so we can train even more talented young people in line with this demand.”