St Ambrose Catholic Primary School

Grow through the love of Jesus


Ofsted Report 2018

On March 6th & 7th, St Ambrose Catholic Primary School was inspected by Ofsted.  We have been judged a Good school and we are very proud of our success!

This is an extract from their report.

"This is a good school.

  • The headteacher and her senior leaders have a clear understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses and are determined to continue to improve the quality of education at the school.
  • The curriculum is broad and balanced and contributes successfully to the good progress that pupils make.

  • The quality of teaching across the school is good. Teachers use questioning effectively to enable most pupils to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in a range of subjects.
  • Pupils feel safe in school and know how to keep themselves safe.

  • Pupils behave well around school and in classrooms. Teachers and leaders deal swiftly with the few incidents of misbehaviour.
  • Attendance rates remain close to the national average. Leaders work effectively with other agencies to reduce the proportion of persistent absenteeism.

  • Governors are supportive of the school, know its strengths and weaknesses and contribute to its continuous improvement.
  • Leaders have used professional development and training opportunities within the school and in partnership with other local schools to improve the quality of teaching.

  • Children in the early years make good progress. Most of them are ready for Year 1 by the time they finish their Reception Year.
  • Across a range of subjects, almost all pupils make good progress from their different starting points.

  • Disadvantaged pupils make good progress due to well-planned interventions. Although their attainment is improving over time, the difference from that of others nationally is still too great.

  • Teachers occasionally do not give work that challenges the most able pupils. Proportions of pupils attaining the higher standards are not high enough.

  • Success criteria in the school development plan and in teachers’ performance targets are not sharp or measurable enough to allow the school to hold staff to account for pupils’ achievements.

  • Subject leadership is in the early stages of development as new leaders begin to implement their plans for their subjects. However, leaders do not yet know how well pupils are achieving in subjects other than English and mathematics.
  • The local authority provided effective support to leaders and governors, enabling leaders to improve progress and attainment in 2017.

Click here for a copy of the latest Ofsted Report.


Dear parent / guardian,

We have been informed that a small number of children in the borough of Stockport have been diagnosed with suspected / confirmed scarlet fever.

Although scarlet fever is usually a mild illness, it should be treated with antibiotics to minimise the risk of complications and reduce the spread to others.

The symptoms of scarlet fever include a sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. This is followed by a fine red rash which typically first appears on the chest and stomach, rapidly spreading to other parts of the body. On more darkly-pigmented skin, the scarlet rash may be harder to spot, but it should feel like 'sandpaper'. The face can be flushed red but pale around the mouth.

If you think you, or your child, have scarlet fever:

 see your GP or contact NHS 111 as soon as possible

 make sure that you/your child takes the full course of any antibiotics prescribed by the doctor.

 stay at home, away from nursery, school or work for at least 24 hours after starting the antibiotic treatment, to avoid spreading the infection.


Children who have had chickenpox recently are more likely to develop more serious infection during an outbreak of scarlet fever and so parents should remain vigilant for symptoms such as a persistent high fever, cellulitis (skin infection) and arthritis (joint pain and swelling). If you are concerned for any reason please seek medical assistance immediately.

If your child has an underlying condition which affects their immune system, you should contact your GP or hospital doctor to discuss whether any additional measures are needed.

You can find more information in the attached Frequently Asked Questions ( and further advice can also be obtained from the Health Protection Team on [0344 225 0562 (option 3)] during office hours.

Anti-social behaviour projects

Our neighbourhood policing team have been given an opportunity to put funds back in to Asdwood & Bridgehall using money seized from criminals.

“Giving  Back” is an opportunity for local residents, organisations and groups that can help tackle antisocial behaviour in your community.

We need to hear ideas for innovative projects that could help tackle antisocial behaviour and make the area you live in the best place it can be.

Think you have an idea or a project you’re involved in/are currently organising that could fit the bill?

For more information on “Giving Back” in Stockport or to submit an electronic application form please email

Paper applications can be picked up & dropped off at Bridgehall Community Centre, Adswood Community center, Abacus or Bridgehall Police Post.

Applications close midnight on 8 February 2018, after which a public event will be held for those who are successful at the application process to pitch their idea to the public:

12noon - 16:00 on 3 March 2018 at Adswood Youth center.

At the main event there will be a free mini buffet, DJ and other fun entertainment.

After school clubs will start on Monday 23rd April:

Monday             Reception & Year 1          Multi-skills

Tuesday             Years 5 & 6                      Football

Wednesday        Years 4, 5 & 6                  Gymnastics

Thursday            Years 2, 3 & 4                 Racket sports


If your child has a place, a letter will be sent home on Friday.  

D.E.A.R. Time - Drop Everything and Read Tuesday 

  • At 3:10 pm EVERY Tuesday we will all participate in D.E.A.R.
  • You can take out your own story/fiction book.
  • Please have your own story /fiction book with you every Tuesday.
  • If you do not have a story/fiction book, you will have 1 minute to select one from the ‘Tuesday’ box.
  • We will silently read. That means no voices, no drawing, no writing, no drinking water. Just reading!
  • All the Teacher’s and Teaching Assistants will be reading a children’s fiction book as well!
  • Which book would you recommend to your class? 


Bishop Mark's visit to school

Today Bishop Mark came to visit our school.  We had a lovely assembly where the children got to ask the Bishop some questions and he met both staff and children throughout the morning.  

Below are some photos of the Bishop with the School council.

A letter from Bishop Mark

Please see the attached letter from Bishop Mark regarding the Government's faith-based admissions cap on new Catholic schools.


We decided that we were going to enhance the main entrance of the school with two mosaics. The children have all had some input into the design and have worked on the mosaic itself over the last few weeks. I hope you enjoy the results. One mosaic is on the wall on the way into school and the other is inside the reception area.


School uniform can now be purchased with our logo on it from TESCO clothing online.

They have the whole range of jumpers, cardigans, coats and book bags available with the school logo on it.

For every item purchased, Tesco will donate 5% to our school.

The uniform can be found at:

You can either search by school (St Ambrose Catholic Primary) or by postcode SK3 8LQ.

Weekly attendance award

Well done to Year 6 who had 100% attendance this week. 

Click here to see each class' weekly attendance percentages. 

Attendance rewards 

From September those children who arrive late, even if they get 97% and above, will not have the cinema and other treats. We aim to help you get  the children in school on time as being late has a major impact on their education.  Again you will only receive the £5 token if your attendance is 100% with NO LATES.  

St Ambrose have a Facebook page! Search for St Ambrose Catholic Primary School Adswood for up-to-date news!

St Ambrose now have a Twitter account! Search for @SAPSStockport for up-to-date news!



Free school meals for all infants from 1 September 2014 - please click here for details


Please see the WRITER OF THE WEEK page to see each child's piece of work.  These are displayed in the hall on a Friday afternoon for each writer of the week.

Attention all Nursery Parents! Additional afternoon sessions are available.

Children who attend our school nursery in the morning are now able to pay for additional afternoon sessions. 

Children are able to remain in school until 3.30pm, providing that this is booked and paid for in advance.  Booking forms are available from the school office and each additional session will cost £10.  Children who are staying in school for the full day must be provided with a packed lunch.


First Aid accreditation

Well done to all the children in school who took part in First Aid training.

In recognition of the School's commitment to First Aid training and health and safety, we have received the St Johns Ambulance School mark.


Learn how to juggle

WE ARE A GOOD SCHOOL! Please click here for the link to the Ofsted page 

Lollipop Person Vacancy

Please note we are currently looking for a new lollipop person.  Click here for details