Located in the village of Hale Barns in Trafford’s Altrincham area, St Ambrose College is a Catholic grammar school for boys aged 11-18. Founded in 1946, the school was completely re-built after gaining academy status in 2012.
Both pupils and the local community are able to use the school’s facilities, including the swimming pool, sports hall and gym. Sport is central to the school’s extracurricular activities, although pupils also enjoy drama and music too.
Address: St Ambrose College, Wicker Lane, Hale Barns, Altrincham WA15 0HE
County: Greater Manchester – Trafford
Admissions Info: [email protected], 0161 980 2711
School Type: Boys’ Grammar
Number of pupils: 950 (approx.)
Number of Places in Year 7: 140
Open Day Date: July
Exam Date: September
Exam Board Type: Set by school
There are currently 140 places allocated to Year 7 pupils at St Ambrose College. Each place allocation is determined by pupil performance in the 11 Plus exam. Both parents and prospective pupils can attend the College’s open morning in July, which will allow them to learn more about the admissions process and take a tour of the school ahead of applying for a place.
St Ambrose College is a popular school and it is likely that there will be more Year 7 applications than available places. Should this be the case, the College applies the following oversubscription criteria, giving priority to:
For more information about St Ambrose College’s admission process, or to find further details about its local pastoral area, please visit its website.
Parents who wish to register their son to sit the entrance tests must do so before the exam date. The First Year application can be done online when registration is open.
Secondly, parents must complete their Local Authority’s (LA) Common Preference Form and return it to their LA before the designated closing date. St Ambrose College should be marked as a preference on this form.
The St Ambrose College 11+ entrance exam consists of three parts
These papers are set by the school and there are no official past papers available. It is not clarified on the school site whether the papers are multiple-choice or open answer. Parents will be notified of the test results in October, which will indicate whether the student has attained the required score to be eligible for admission. However, place allocations will not be made public until March the following year and passing the 11 Plus exam isn’t a guarantee of entry to the school.
Preparation is key when it comes to your son’s eleven plus exam. To give him the best chance of performing well and gaining a Year 7 place at St Ambrose College, you should ensure that 11+ practice papers form an integral part of his revision sessions. Regular use of these papers could increase your son’s chance of achieving the required score in the exam.
These papers will also help you to identify any gaps in your son’s knowledge well ahead of the exam as they cover the full syllabus range. You can allocate any additional time to his weaker areas plan and focus on the best revision techniques that work for your son’s learning style.
For the St Ambrose College 11 Plus, the following resources can help:
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