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  • St Ambrose College
    Hale Road
    WA15 0HE
  • Head: D Rainey
  • T 01619 802711
  • F 01619 802323
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Trafford
  • Pupils: 1,068; sixth formers: 260
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Open days: June, September, November
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 18th February 2020
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

A great camaraderie was on display with boys actively encouraging and helping each other. The Catholic faith is both a spiritual and literal presence in the daily life of the school, and amidst the bustle of break and meal times boys can take time for refuge for prayer and quiet reflection in the chapel built in the school atrium and the very heart of the school. The College motto: 'Vitam Impendere Vero' translated as 'stake one's life on the truth'...

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What the school says...

Year 7-11 the Entrance examinations consist of: 11 - Maths English & VR (no interviews).

Sixth Form: Minimum (or equivalent) of Five B grades at GCSE with at least a grade B (or equivalent) in the subject to be studied at A Level and at least a grade C (or equivalent) is expected in Maths and English Language. ...Read more

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School associations

State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2018, Dermot Rainey. Degree in RS and history from St Mary's University College, Belfast. Taught at all boys Edmund Rice secondary school in Mayo before moving to Manchester, where he took on leadership roles at All Saints Catholic College and Cardinal Langley RCHS before being appointed vice principal at St Ambrose College in September 2017. He cites his experiences as a cathedral chorister and numerous pilgrimages to Lourdes as being of particular influence in shaping his views on the importance of the church in the 21st century.

He continues his love of choral singing when family commitments allow. Having been a member of the Hallé he now prioritises opportunities to perform with Codetta, an internationally acclaimed choir based in Derry (particularly targeting weekends when Derry City FC have a...

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Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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Further reading

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Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

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*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

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