Twenty-first Century Vision for a New Secondary School
Serving the Madras Catchment Area
The following documents have been produced
and distributed by the group
Leaflet distributed to affected residents
north of the proposed site published 6th February 2014
Press advertisement published 3 October 2013 in The Citizen and Fife Herald newspapers
Leaflet Published 15 February 2013 and distributed throughout St Andrews
Twenty First Century Vision for a New
Madras College, founded by Dr
Bell in 1833, pioneered a new concept of education which was widely
admired by educators in Scotland and wider afield. The New Madras should
be planned with equal foresight and ambition to provide a school fit for
education in the 21st Century.
Why is Building at Pipeland Not the Answer?
The proposal for a new school at
Pipeland Farm fails to meet almost all of the principles identified
overleaf. It is situated on the wrong side of the town for two thirds (or
approximately 900) of its pupils who have by far the longest travel times.
Public transport links are limited and increased car use would be
inevitable. Many potential community users without cars would be denied
What might be the Council’s Alternative Proposal?
It has been suggested that if
Pipeland failed to materialise, the Council might be inclined to
reactivate the discredited Kilrymont option, which was their preferred
solution during the previous educational consultation. This site shares
the inaccessibility and many of the other drawbacks noted for Pipeland.
Most people agree that the new
school should ideally be situated on the western side of town. An
available site at the western end of the North Haugh Education Campus has
none of the disadvantages described above. It is specifically zoned in the
Council’s Adopted Local Plan, endorsed by the Scottish Government, for a
replacement Madras school and would not meet any planning obstacles.
Alleged exceptional costs for building
here have been greatly exaggerated, based on a report from a south of
England firm which never visited the site. A local technical assessment
sponsored by the authors of this leaflet, which involved a site visit,
revealed no special problems.
There has been great resistance from the Council to actively assess and pursue this clearly superior option. The reason for this has never been satisfactorily explained.
The University have shown a willingness to sell or exchange this site for the redundant (and expensive to refurbish) Madras South Street building. Meaningful discussion with the University has never taken place. Given their legal responsibility to seek an alternative beneficial use for the A Listed ‘old’ Madras building this stance is irresponsible. The Council if it negotiated an exchange of sites with the University could in essence obtain the North Haugh site at no cost to the council tax payer. Instead it is proposing to reduce the capital budget available for building the new school by expending £1.8 million (or £60,000 an acre) for 30 acres of agricultural land.
Following this analysis, the site which should be chosen is clearly identified. A new Madras College on the North Haugh Education Campus would meet all the principles outlined above and provide St Andrews and the wider catchment area with a school it can be proud of instead of a badly located building which would be an enduring reminder of backward thinking and poor decision-making by the education authority and our elected representatives.
The North Haugh Education Campus offers a much better alternative, meeting all the principles identified, and it can be delivered within budget and in a reasonable time frame.
This leaflet has been produced as an aid to public information on an important topic affecting the lives of present and future Madras pupils, their parents and the community, by the widely representative group:
Campaign for a New Madras Fit for the
respond to the consultation at: http://www.fife.gov.uk/consult/