St Ambrose Barlow RC High School 
                             and Sixth Form            

 The last four years at St. Ambrose Barlow have seen huge changes and developments. We are now firmly settled in to our new site on Ash Drive and celebrated our 60th anniversary there in 2015-16. We are especially proud of our re-launched 6th Form provision – the only school-based post 16 centre in Salford. We are driven by a powerful  Catholic mission (Faith in You, Love in Learning, Hope in Better) and this inspired our efforts to ensure that local young people can attend a Catholic 6th form on their doortsep where we offer a wide range of A level and BTEC courses. We were delighted when in October 2016 Ofsted gave our Sixth Form a “Good” rating.

We are a school of over 1100 young people and as such each day our vibrant Catholic community comes together to learn and grow. As our motto, Crescens Discit Vivere, says, ” It is through growing we learn how to live.” In the past year our pupils have enjoyed hundreds of inspiring experiences. These include trips to the USA, Europe and all over the UK; a wide range of fundraising activities for local and international charities; celebrations of excellence in many different subject areas; success in various different sporting events through which we are local champions in both rugby and football; speaking in the House of Lords; establishing a Fair Trade group and increasingly a strong sense of service to others.

Just before Christmas, and inspired by Father Gavin, who is a regular visitor to our school, Sixth Formers undertook a day of kindness, visiting local people, supporting the elderly and helping the homeless. Many other pupils donated food parcels to charity to support the needy at Christmas. In late January we will be holding a week of celebration of our school culture and Catholic ethos in recognition of the great work that goes on in our school.

Our ultimate aim is that our pupils leave school as what we call “Change Makers” , people who can use their gifts , skills and knowledge for the benefit of others.

We send out a weekly newsletter and publish a quarterly magazine called Horizons. These can be viewed on our website

You may also wish to follow us on Twitter @SABSalford

If you would like to meet our Headteacher Ben Davis, or arrange a visit tothe school, please contact us on 0161 921 1570 or email



St Ambrose Barlow, Moorside Road, Swinton, Manchester M27 9PD
Parish Priest: Rev Mgr Paul F Smith STL

Tel: 0161 794 1089 Email:



 The Week Ahead …..

 Sunday 29 November.  First Sunday of Advent. 10.00am Zoom Mass.  (access code in newsletter)                                     

Monday 30 November .   Saint Andrew. Apostle. Patron of Scotland.   Churches are closed today.

Tuesday 1 December.   Advent weekday. Churches are closed today.

Wednesday 2 December.  Advent weekday.   Churches are closed today.

Thursday 3 December.  Saint Francis Xavier. Priest and missionary.   8.30am Mass in Saint Charles.    10.00am Funeral Mass in Saint Mark's for Leonora Broadbent RIP.

 Friday 4 December.    Advent Weekday  10.00am Mass in Saint Marks.  11.30am Funeral Service in Saint Charles church for Mary Frances Kennedy RIP.

 Saturday 5 December.    No Mass in the parish this Saturday, including Saint Mary's chapel, Wardley

Sunday  6 December.  Second Sunday in Advent.    Masses -  9.30am Saint Mark's.  11.15am Saint Charles. 4.00pm Saint Mark's.


More details of parish events in weekly Newsletter.