The New Madras College

2nd July 2015

Dear Parent/ Carer,


A judicial review against the planning permission in principle for the new school was carried out last year. The decision was made by Lord Docherty not to uphold the opponents’ petition to overturn the planning permission in principle for a new Madras College at Pipeland.


Since then, STEPAL (St Andrews Environmental Protection Association Limited) have appealed against this judgement. The lodging of this appeal has resulted in the Council not being able to proceed with the purchase of the land or the subsequent construction of the new school at this time. The appeal is available for the public to view in the Court of Session in Edinburgh. The appeal is not available to view electronically. During the summer holidays, the court will fix a date at which the appeal will be heard. I will be back in touch once the date has been agreed.


Yours sincerely
Derek Brown
Head of Education & Children’s Services

October 2013

Fife Council has applied for Planning Permission in Principle for a new Madras College at Pipeland. Detailed plans for the school are available on the Council website at: As with any Education consultation it is important that everyone with an interest in this project has the opportunity to express their view. The web-site above enables you to do so in order that the planning process can take account of all views.

Read the consultation letter from the Area Education Officer to parents/carers about Planning Permission.

January 2013

The decision taken by Fife Council Executive in favour of Pipelands as the preferred site for the new Madras College had been called into scrutiny. The committee met yesterday and the outcome was to uphold the original decision. Pipelands is therefore the site for the new Madras College chosen by the elected members. Plans will now be made to undertake the statutory educational consultation and the design team will be brought back to begin their work.

January 31st, 2012

Following a request for additional information at the public meeting held on Thursday 12 January, the transition arrangements to facilitate the re-modelling and new build on the site Kilrymont Road, St Andrews are given here. A site plan showing the location of temporary accommodation is also included. This information will be provided to all consultees.

August 29th, 2011

It is with regret that I have to inform you of the decision taken by the University of St Andrews to withdraw from our joint project to site the new Madras College on the University campus. This brings to an end a substantial amount of work and a huge investment of time and energy, however it does allow us to focus clearly on developing the new school on a site wholly owned by and in the control of Fife Council.

Continuing the high standard of learning and teaching, promoting our substantial range of extra-curricular activities and recognising and celebrating the achievement of all our pupils remain our priorities. This focus will be maintained as we move with greater clarity to plan the new Madras College. In collaboration with the University we have undertaken work developing academic links. I look forward to this continuing to our mutual benefit.

I will keep you informed of future developments and as they arise.

I Jones
Rector, Madras College



  New Madras College - Site Evaluation  

Important Note:

Further information and updates on development can be found on the Fife Direct website on the page:

Building Fife's Future - Madras College

  Fife Council Press Release - September 27, 2011
  Madras Site Rescore Summay - October 20, 2011  
  Kilrymont Remodel Illustrations - October 24, 2011  
  Transition Arrangements - January 31, 2012    
  Temp. Accomodation Site Plan - Jan 31st, 2012