St Ambrose High School has served the community of the north west of Coatbridge and areas in the eastern fringes of Glasgow for over fifty years. The original school on Blair Road opened its doors in August 1961 and the current build opened to pupils on 5th November 2012. This new campus provides a range of excellent teaching, sporting and social facilities which are critical to the provision.
Across Scotland and further afield there are generations of Ambrosians who make wonderful contributions in the communities to which they belong. The school’s moral compass is firmly embedded in its Catholicity and this provides the rationale for the school’s curriculum. This is embedded in the shared values which are articulated in our mission statement. Our inclusive approach is reflected in the quality of support provided for young people and their families in our endeavours to get it right for every child.
The school continues to embrace the culture change that is Curriculum for Excellence and works in close partnership with pupils and parents to ensure that every young person has the opportunity to access the entitlements enshrined within. Building on the philosophies of NLC’s Raising Achievement policy, teachers have introduced new approaches to learning, teaching and assessment. The school continues to enjoy a climate of high expectations and aspirations. As a result of this, attainment and achievement have shown sustained year on year improvements.
Pupil participation and learning is evident both in classrooms and in the wider curriculum. The social capital of the school is greatly enhanced through volunteering, peer tutoring, buddying, sports leadership and daily leadership shown in classes and around the building. The school community is founded on Servant Leadership and benefits greatly from the willingness of young people to contribute to the collective good.
It is my anticipation that St Ambrose High School will continue to grow from strength to strength and that it will provide learning experiences of the highest quality for the pupils and families it serves.
I hope that this handbook gives you some insight into the school in the knowledge that we will have the opportunity to meet in good time. Very importantly I look forward in anticipation and optimism to your child becoming an active and happy member of our school community.