Madras College

Welcome from our Rector

Madras College takes its name from founder the Rev. Dr Andrew Bell and the educational system he devised. Madras College opened in 1833 on the original South Street site. We are the only existing split site school in Scotland, with S4-6 learners in the original South Street building and S1-S3 learners in the Kilrymont Road building which opened in 1967.  A new Madras build, on one site at Langlands, will unite all learners, staff and community. It is due to open in August 2021.

Madras College is a co-educational, non-denominational, 6-year comprehensive Secondary school of approximately 1343 learners (24 care experienced Children and 249 pupils with ASN, 19 DAS learners and 75 learners with English as a Second Language) from across the St Andrews and Bridgehead catchment area. A significant number of our learners come from Armed Forces families linked to the Leuchars MOD base and families linked to the University of St Andrews.

Our school provides a welcoming and ambitious learning environment. We have a proud heritage, rich in history and values. The school’s curriculum is wide and varied offering National qualifications from National 1-5 levels for S4-S6; a full suite of Nationals, Highers, Advanced Highers and Wider Achievement courses ranging from Skills for Work to Foundation Apprenticeships. Our school enjoys a very good reputation for raising attainment and delivering positive outcomes for our young people. In session 2018/19   96.44% of our leavers entered a positive post school destination with over 55% entering Higher Education.

There is an extensive and varied extra-curricular programme, with pupils being encouraged to participate in the wider life of our school. We aspire to be an inclusive, nurturing, ambitious and successful school. We enjoy strong links with our associated primary schools, very active Parent/ Carer Council, link schools (including several Exchange programmes), Former Pupils and staff and our partners across the community.


Mrs. Avril McNeill (Interim Rector)