Sir Graham Balfour School

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Sir Graham Balfour School
Motto Learning, Working, Succeeding Together
Type Community school
Headteacher Lesley Beck
Location North Avenue
ST16 1NR
Coordinates: 52°49′41″N 2°07′30″W / 52.828°N 2.125°W / 52.828; -2.125
Local authority Staffordshire
DfE number 860/4180
DfE URN 124444 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses Chetwynd, Sandon, Tixall, Weston
Colours White = Weston, Red = Tixall, Green = Chetwynd, Yellow = Sandon
Website Website

Sir Graham Balfour School is a secondary school and sixth form in Stafford, England. It is named after Sir Graham Balfour, the Victorian statistician and member of Florence Nightingale's inner circle.

The original school was demolished in 2001, with the new school building being constructed and completed in 2002. Sir Graham Balfour School currently has 900 students. It achieved specialist Maths and Computing School status from September 2006. The current headteacher is David Wright.

Sir Graham Balfour School also offers post-16 education. The sixth form is an integral part of the Stafford Collegiate which involves all Stafford High Schools and Stafford College.

On July 22nd, Dave Wright retired as Head Teacher, and Lesley Beck took over from the former.

Recent achievements[edit]

In 2007 OFSTED judged Sir Graham Balfour to be “a good school with outstanding features”.[1]


Sir Graham Balfour School hit national headlines in May 2005 when then-headteacher David Hill banned charity wristbands due to uniform regulations. This resulted in many students forming a mass protest on the school tennis grounds. Police were called to the school after students began vandalising property and leaving the school grounds. Although Hill claimed that a small number of students protested, the actual number was more than 300, and included almost 60% of the student body. The protest lasted for around 3 hours until students either left the school premises or entered the school hall where a debate ensued about the bands. Hill later retracted the ban on the bands.[2]

Notable alumni[edit]

Yvonne Howard - Opera singer - Opera North

Morgan Gibbs-White - Footballer, currently signed by Wolves and has played for England at under-16 and under-17 levels.


  1. ^ "Sir Graham Balfour High School Inspection Report" (PDF). 1 February 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  2. ^ "School row over charity bracelets". BBC News. 10 May 2005. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 

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