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Threatened Wakefield drama college submits plans for new home

Artist's impression of the entrance view to the proposed CAPA College building
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Wakefield drama school CAPA College has submitted plans for a permanent purpose-built home, which would allow it to increase its capacity from 105 to 500 full-time students.

The plans would secure the future of the college, which was threatened with closure last year.

Located on Mulberry Way, opposite the Wakefield Westgate train station, the new facility will house dance, drama and singing studios as well as industry-standard production facilities and media suites.

It will also contain a 150-seat theatre, a public cafe, social spaces and an amphitheatre.

CAPA (Creative and Performing Arts) College started off as part of the sixth-form provision for Cathedral Academy in Wakefield, which decided to close the drama offering in 2017.

However, following a campaign by students, the Department for Education announced in October 2017 that the drama school would be saved from closure, and it became a DFE-funded free school in September.

Wakefield drama school CAPA College saved from closure

CAPA College is temporarily being housed in the performing arts facilities at Cathedral Academy until its permanent home is completed.

Claire Nicholson, CAPA College strategic director, said: “It has been quite a journey, but what’s exciting now is that we’re going to have such a big impact on Wakefield.

“We want to make sure that young people in the north of England have the same access to high-quality arts education as people in London or more affluent areas.

“We’re helping equip the next generation of technicians, videographers, filmmakers, performers and dancers.”

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