Graham School

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Graham School
Woodlands Drive

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YO12 6QW

Coordinates54°16′46″N 0°26′29″W / 54.2794°N 0.4415°W / 54.2794; -0.4415Coordinates: 54°16′46″N 0°26′29″W / 54.2794°N 0.4415°W / 54.2794; -0.4415
Local authorityNorth Yorkshire
TrustHope Learning Trust
Department for Education URN146769 Tables
Head teacherEmma Robins
Age11 to 16
Enrolment1,292 pupils
Former nameScarborough High School for Boys

Graham School is a coeducational secondary school in the west of Scarborough in North Yorkshire, England. It is situated to the west of the town within 22 acres (8.9 ha) of grounds. The school is on Woodlands Drive. The lower site on Lady Edith's Drive closed on 23 June 2017.

Graham School provides for pupils aged 11 to 16 (year 7 to year 11)


The school is named after Mr C C Graham, Mayor of Scarborough between 1913 and 1919.

Grammar school[edit]

Prior to 1973, the buildings were used by Scarborough High School for Boys, a boys' grammar school. The present building designed by Keith Scott of Building Design Partnership's Preston office, was built by the North Riding Education Committee in the late 1950s, around the same time as Scarborough Technical College (now called Yorkshire Coast College). It had around 700 boys in the early 1970s.


Only the first year was all-ability when it opened. Gradually over four years from 1973 it became a comprehensive. The former site of the Scarborough Girls' High School on Sandybed Lane, further to the south, became Scarborough Sixth Form College, although the girls aged under 16 from the school joined the Graham School, with boys from the other grammar school. For the first three years, it was mostly a mixed grammar school than a comprehensive.

In 1975 it took over the former Convent of Our Ladies of Mary High School for Girls, and these buildings became the lower school until 1984. The school at this time had specialist nautical studies courses, which were aimed at pupils wishing to pursue a career at sea.

It gained specialist Science College status in 2004.[1] In 2009 it entered into a federation with Raincliffe School, a nearby secondary school. The Raincliffe School site, (now lower) Graham School, closed on 23 June 2017.


Previously a community school administered by North Yorkshire County Council, in March 2019 Graham School converted to academy status. The school is now sponsored by the Hope Learning Trust.[2]

Notable former teachers[edit]

Notable former pupils[edit]

Scarborough High School for Boys[edit]

Convent of Our Ladies of Mary High School for Girls[edit]

Note that the Graham School took over some of the buildings of the Scarborough Convent School but was not its successor

Scarborough Girls' High School[edit]

Graham School Science College[edit]


  1. ^ "Graham School bid for special status". The Scarborough News. 29 January 2003. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Graham School - Hope Learning Trust | Together, a place to thrive". Archived from the original on 2 September 2019.
  3. ^ George Smith (2 April 2001). "Jack Christian". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  4. ^ Moore, Charles (6 October 2015). Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Volume Two: Everything She Wants. Penguin UK. ISBN 9780241201268 – via Google Books.

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