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Blueprints for CAPA’s move to new premises to go on display next week

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Wakefield’s CAPA College, formerly known as the Cathedral Academy for Performing Arts, cancelled last year’s intake after its plans to expand into Leeds fell through.

Redundancy notices were even issued to staff.

But a new set of students aged 16 to 19 have since been accepted into the Thornes Road site, starting last month, and the college has new plans to move to new purpose-built premises on Mulberry Way (pictured right) in Wakefield city centre.

The blueprints will go on display at Wakefield One on Burton Street next Friday, October 12, from 10am to 5pm.

They will then be submitted to Wakefield Council’s planning department to seek planning permission.

A spokesman for the college said they were hoping for CAPA to become a flagship for performing arts education in the north.

They added: “CAPA College is preparing to expand its offering with a new state-of-the-art, purpose-built home in the heart of Wakefield.

“The proposed new college on Mulberry Way, opposite Wakefield Westgate, is proposed to open in September 2020. As the gateway to Wakefield, CAPA College will offer more opportunities, more facilities and more support to talented and creative young people from across the north of England.”

Students receive training in singing, dancing, acting, costume and set and lighting design, alongside academic study.

Over a two-year period of full-time study, students will obtain the equivalent of four A-levels.