Consultation to start on new Madras plans

Madras College Kilrymont Campus.
Madras College Kilrymont Campus.

THE formal consultation on Fife Council’s proposal to develop a £40 million single-site Madras College at the Kilrymont campus in St Andrews will begin on December 1.

Information on the plans will be sent to parents, pupils and staff of the secondary school and its associated primary schools informing them of the detail of the consultation under the Schools’ (Scotland) Consultation Act 2010.

It will seek views on the educational benefits of the proposal.

The local authority wants to remodel and extend the present junior school building in Kilrymont Road, a move entailing the retention of the main features which led to the multi-storey structure being listed by Historic Scotland.

There will be a complete remodelling of the exisiting buildings and this will be complemented by an integrated and substantial new build to ensure that the whole school is “under one roof.”

Councillor Douglas Chapman, chair of the education and children’s services committee, said: “Through the planned public meetings, drop-in sessions and the information and plans which we now have, we will demonstrate our commitment to deliver a 21st century school of excellent quality.

“This will be built to a very detailed design brief which will meet all of the demands of the new curriculum.

“The current proposal will deliver a first-class school by 2015.

“The consultation is a chance for everyone to find out exactly what the council is proposing, to ask questions and to see for themselves the excellent possibilities for a remodelled Kilrymont.

“They can get involved with the process and make sure that their voices are heard.”

The consultation exercise will end on February 10, 2012, and will also involve public meetings in the Blyth Hall, Newport, on December 7, and St Andrews Town Hall on December 8, both running from 2pm-8pm, and at Kilrymont on January 12 from 4pm-8pm.

These will be drop-in events with display boards showing the proposals in detail and officers from Fife Council will also be available to answer any questions.

People can have their say by completing an online form at by clicking on the consultation in the diary; completing a consultation form and returning it to the education service by February 10, 2012; or by attending one of the planned events and completing a consultation form.