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Wakefield drama school CAPA College saved from closure

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A drama school in West Yorkshire that had been threatened with closure will reopen its doors to students in 2018.

CAPA College, part of Cathedral Academy in Wakefield, was faced having to shut its doors after plans to turn it into a stand-alone free school backfired when it was left without a new building.

Students campaigned to save the college, which was rated outstanding by Ofsted, and Wakefield MP Mary Creagh said the dreams of young performers in West Yorkshire would “turn to dust” if CAPA was not saved from the “brink of closure”.

Now the Department for Education has confirmed that CAPA College will open as a DFE-funded free school in September 2018.

CAPA College will have its own permanent, purpose-built home in the heart of Wakefield, as opposed to Leeds, where it had originally planned to move.

The school will temporarily be based in the performing arts facilities at Cathedral Academy, with further details of the new permanent site for CAPA to be released in coming weeks.

Claire Nicholson, principal designate at CAPA, said: “It is a real honour and achievement to be announcing today the confirmation of the exciting future of CAPA College as a free school.

“It is testament to the passion, dedication, tenacity and hard work of the team behind the bid and the outstanding provision developed at CAPA over the past few years.”