Oversubscription Criteria 2019
If the number of applicants achieving the required standard for entry exceeds the Published Admissions Number, then the following over-subscription criteria will apply in the following order to decide which pupils to admit.
1. Baptised Roman Catholic boys who are designated ‘looked after children’ or ‘previously looked after children’.
2. Baptised Roman Catholic boys who have a brother attending the school.
3. Baptised Roman Catholic boys whose home postcode falls within a nominated Local Pastoral Area. Details are provided in the list of Nominated Local Pastoral Areas.
4. Baptised Roman Catholic boys.
5. Other Boys who are designated ‘looked after children’ or ‘previously looked after children’.
6. Baptised Christian boys who have a brother attending the school.
7. Baptised Christian boys practising in other Christian denominations supported by a minister’s reference confirming that they are a full and active member of the Church.
8. Other boys practising in other Christian denominations supported by a minister’s reference confirming that they are a full and active member of the Church.
9. Other boys
The definition of a Roman Catholic boy is a boy who has received the Roman Catholic sacraments of Baptism, Confession (Reconciliation) and Holy Communion. All applicants claiming to be Roman Catholics will be required to produce documentary evidence of reception of baptism when they complete the registration form.
In the event of over-subscription within any one of the categories, priority will be given to those boys who achieved the highest marks in the Entrance Examination. Where more than one boy has the same score then any Pupil Premium status will take priority in any category followed by the closest distance from the boy’s home address to St Ambrose College. The distance from home to St Ambrose College will be calculated in a direct straight line from the child’s permanent place of residence using co-ordinates held in Trafford’s Local Land and Property Gazetteer (BS7666) and are available, on request, from Trafford’s School Admissions Team. In cases where this data is not available, Royal Mail postal address Information may be used. In the case of a child living in a block of flats the coordinates for all flats in that block will be the same. If distance is tied and no Pupil premium status applies, selection would take place by a random draw witnessed by all concerned parties.
Nominated Local Pastoral Areas
1 Saint Ambrose Deanery (Diocese of Shrewsbury)
The following Local Pastoral Areas include the following postcodes: All WA14, WA15, M31 and M33 postcodes.
St. Hugh and St John West Timperley
St. Vincent de Paul’s Altrincham
All Saints Ashton-on-Mersey
St. Margaret Ward Sale
St. Joseph’s Sale
Holy Angels Hale Barns
Our Lady of Lourdes Partington
Holy Family Sale Moor
2. Saint Ambrose Barlow Deanery (Diocese of Salford)
The following Local Pastoral Areas include the following postcodes: All M16, M21, M32 and M41 postcodes.
Our Lady’s & St. Alphonsus Moss Side/Old Trafford
St. Ann’s Stretford
St. Hugh of Lincoln Stretford
Our Lady and the English Martyrs’ Davyhulme/Urmston
St. Monica’s Flixton
St. John’s and St Teresa’s Firswood / Chorlton
All boys who achieve the qualifying score for entry to the school who have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan who name the school will be admitted.
 A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority, in the exercise of their social services functions (as defined in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989). Previously looked after children who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order (as defined in Section 14A of the Children Act 1989).
 "Full and active" means a regular churchgoer who attends more than once a month, is known to the parish priest / minister and is involved in church activities.
 Home address means the address where the child normally and permanently lives on a full-time basis, not the address of any child-minder, grandparent or any other relative. If parents are separated and child-care arrangements are shared between two addresses the average of the distances of the two addresses from the school will be used to determine priority for admission.
 An Education, Health and Care plan is a plan made by the local authority under Section 37 of the Children and Families Act 2014 specifying the special education provision required for that child.