St Ambrose Barlow Roman Catholic High School

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St Ambrose Barlow Roman Catholic High School
Established 1955
Type Voluntary aided school
Religion Roman Catholic
Headteacher Mr Ben Davis
Deputy Headteacher Mr Jonathan Lawford
Chair of Governors Mr Phillip Royle
Location 37 Ash Drive
Wardley, Swinton
Greater Manchester
M27 9QP
53°30′28″N 2°20′18″W / 53.50774°N 2.33820°W / 53.50774; -2.33820Coordinates: 53°30′28″N 2°20′18″W / 53.50774°N 2.33820°W / 53.50774; -2.33820
Local authority Salford
DfE URN 105989 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 81[1]
Students 1,090 pupils[1]
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses St. Alphonsa, St Bernadette, St Margaret Clitherow, St Dominic, St Francis of Assisi, St. John Paul II, Thérèse of Lisieux, Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Oscar Romero

St Ambrose Barlow Roman Catholic High School is a secondary school[1] located in Wardley, Greater Manchester, England. The school is named after St Ambrose Barlow, one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.[2]

The school serves a wide range of parishes including St Charles' (Swinton), St Mark’s (Pendlebury), St Mary’s (Swinton), St Luke’s (Irlams o' th' Height), St Edmund’s (Little Hulton) and Christ the King (Walkden). St Ambrose Barlow has been accredited with many national awards including National Teaching School status, the School Inclusion Award and Dyslexia Friendly Status. 92% of pupils are baptised Roman Catholic.[3]


The school was established in the 1950s on land at Shaftesbury Road in nearby Swinton.

In April 2013, the school moved into a new building in Wardley near Swinton St George's RC High School closed in August 2014 with most pupils transferring to St Ambrose Barlow's.


In September 2013 an inspection of the school was carried out in accordance with Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. The Diocese of Salford awarded the school "Outstanding" in all seven categories. [3]

At the latest inspection carried out by Ofsted in October 2016, the school was rated as "requires improvement"[4]

In addition to its status as National Teaching School, St Ambrose Barlow was one of 30 in the country to become a ‘School of Creativity’ - chosen by the government to work with a learning programme developed by the Arts Council of England.[5]


Executive Principal, Mrs. C. M. Garside, was awarded CBE for Services to Education in January 2015.[5]

Mr Ben Davis has been appointed as the new Headteacher of St Ambrose Barlow.

In popular culture[edit]

The old site of St Ambrose Barlow was used for filming the CBBC show 4 O'Clock Club for both interior and exterior shots. The site was first used for filming in the summer of 2013 for the third series which began airing in January 2014.

The site continued to be the building for the fictional Elmsmere Manor High School until 2017 when production moved to a former school in Walkden.


  1. ^ a b c "School Website". Retrieved 21 June 2008.
  2. ^ Jones, Terry H. "Saint Ambrose Edward Barlow". Retrieved 22 November 2009.
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