Top priority at Madras is ‘pupil experience’

Madras College Kilrymont Campus.
Madras College Kilrymont Campus.

High levels of performance and achievement at Madras College, St Andrews, have been praised by local councillors, following a recent presentation by Rector David McClure.

Mr McClure, speaking at a meeting of Fife Council’s north east area committee, said relationships between young people and teachers were “very positive.”

Similarly, parents had commented “very positively” on the improved school ethos and on the “positive impact” of the review of school uniform.

Mr McClure continued: “Young people speak of the support they receive from staff in terms of help with their studies outwith class times and the fact that they feel staff care about them.

“Junior pupils speak positively about the support they receive in their learning from senior pupils mentoring in junior classes and at clubs.

“Almost all pupils who responded to our inspection questionnaire said they felt safe and well cared for in school with 96 per cent noting that they believe they are treated fairly and with respect by both staff and other pupils.

“Young people in the junior school feel that the headteacher takes an interest in them and cares about them. They particularly appreciate the opportunity to give their opinions through the 5-a-day pupils’ interviews. They feel this gives them a real say in how the school works.”

Mr McClure said young people were keen to learn, listen attentively to instruction, were polite and well behaved. They were able to recognise their strengths and, where they needed to, improve. Pupils supported the change in period length to just over 60 minutes and the resulting positive impact.

The rector stressed that pupil experience was the top priority at Madras, asking what do they get from school?

“We work very hard to improve the lot for the pupils,” he added. Inspectors found that the overall quality of pupils’ attainment was high and, in many cases, notably so.

Commenting on exclusions, Mr McClure said they usually lasted for one day when a pupil had overstepped a boundary. It was a sharp reminder to a pupil, which usually worked.