Graham School

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Graham School Science College
Established 1973
Type Community school
Headteacher Helen McEvoy
Location Woodlands Drive
North Yorkshire
YO12 6QW
Coordinates: 54°16′46″N 0°26′29″W / 54.2794°N 0.4415°W / 54.2794; -0.4415
Local authority North Yorkshire
DfE number 815/4070
DfE URN 121675 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1292
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–16
Former name Scarborough High School for Boys
Website Graham School

Graham School is a comprehensive school in the west of Scarborough in North Yorkshire, England. It is situated to the west of the town within 22 acres (89,000 m2) of grounds. The school is over two sites. The upper site is on Woodlands Drive adjacent to Scarborough General Hospital (East) and Woodlands Cemetery (West). The lower site is on Lady Edith's Drive adjacent to Yorkshire Coast College (East) and Throxenby Mere (West).

Graham School provides for pupils aged 11 to 16 (year 7 to year 11). The lower site provides for year 7 to year 8 (aged 11 to 13). The upper site provides for year 9 to year 11 (aged 13 to 16).


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 of 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 status in 2004. In 2009 it entered a federation with Raincliffe School, another nearby secondary school.

Academic results[edit]

The school achieves GCSE results at the England average.

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]


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