Make your voices heard over new St Andrews school consultation

Madras College's campus at Kilrymont Road.
Madras College's campus at Kilrymont Road.

FIFE Council is encouraging the public to “make their voices heard” as the consultation on the future of secondary school education in north east Fife continues.

A series of public meetings and information sessions have been lined up by the local authority to focus on its plans for a single-site secondary school at the Kilrymont Road campus in St Andrews.

The official consultation process ends on February 10 and the council is hosting information events in St Andrews, Tayport, Newport, Leuchars, Guardbridge, Wormit, Balmerino, Strathkinness, Largoward and Kingsbarns.

Councillor Douglas Chapman, chair of the education and children’s services committee, said: “We want parents, pupils and staff to be clear about our proposal to remodel and extend the Kilrymont building and what that really means for the future of the school.

“We are confident that a remodelled and rebuilt Madras College, as part of a £40m investment, will transform this listed building into a 21st century school, of excellent quality, while retaining its history and character. It will be built to a very detailed design brief which will meet all of the demands of the new curriculum and deliver a first-class school by 2015.

“I’d encourage all those with an interest to come along to at least one of these meetings to see for themselves what we hope to create at Kilrymont and make up their own mind on the matter.”

The format of the evening engagement meetings will be drop-in sessions. Display boards will show the proposals in detail and council officers will be available to answer any questions. The event set for January 12 at the Kilrymont junior school will take the form of a public meeting.

Councillor Chapman added:”The only way people can be sure they are making an informed decision during the consultation is to come along to one of these meetings and see and hear the information first hand.

“I sincerely hope that as many people as possible will get involved in this consultation and make their voices heard. There is no perfect solution for a single-site Madras in St Andrews, but I am confident that this is the best for all concerned and will deliver an excellent school for the present and future pupils.”