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The children and parents of St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Ordsall, Salford, were shocked and devastated to receive the news that our headteacher, Miss Ambrose, was to retire at the end of the Autumn term.  Just three days notice.

It seems that this might not entirely have been a decision she made herself, but was instead something instigated by the board of governors, perhaps as a result of pressure over time.  She was apparently feeling upset at letting down the school, something that no parent we know would have accused her of.

We do not believe that this can be justified, and fear for the future of our school, for it is “our” school.   We are a family, and one of ours has been wronged.  The abrupt nature of Miss Ambrose’s departure, after over 18 years as headteacher, is totally shocking, and we cannot believe that the love and care she has for us all will be continued by strangers from outside.  Our school has a character all of it’s own, totally different from other schools in the area, and we love it, and do not wish it to change.  Without Miss Ambrose, our guiding light, we struggle to see how things can continue in the same way.

To cause such distress and disruption cannot possibly be in the best interests of the school.  Miss Ambrose’s retirement should have been a cause for celebration, announced and planned for in advance, bringing the school together. Not thrust upon us, and her, in the middle of the school year, and at Christmas too!

This site has been created to coordinate our response, as parents, pupils past and present, and concerned relatives.  Please feel free to post on the Discussion Forum or just leave a comment below.

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  4. Miss Ambrose is a kind hearted generous woman and An excellent teacher. I am shocked at the treatment she has received. I no longer live in the parish but I believe for the good of the school I should show my support for her reinstatement. God bless you were and always will be my most inspirational teacher x

  5. Miss Ambrose is a wonderful person, her character and moral fibre is far above those who have put her in this position, the fact is whether or not she left on her own accord or whether she was pushed the Governors of this school have shown the parents and more importantly the children that commitment and loyalty is rewarded by indifference, betrayal and back stabbing (I appreciate not all the board might have condoned this and would urge them to stand up and show Miss Ambrose that they support her, believe in her and are proud to stand and be counted along side parents and students in showing those that did this are abhorrently in the wrong)

    Stand together as parents, stand up for our Head teacher, stand up for our children and share this page with everyone you know, download the petition form and start collecting signatures, and also lets put our heads together and see if despite the board of governors we cant come up with something fantastic to present to Miss Ambrose as an example of our thanks and love for such a wonderful, teacher, carer, Headmistress and overall advocate for our children.

    In an ideal world we would get this decision reversed and at least for the time being have Miss Ambrose back as the head of our school and at the least have her return for a full and proper assembly presentation that befits the longevity of such a committed, caring and giving lady who is loved by so very very many of us parents/students alike

    God Bless you Miss Ambrose 🙂

    Shame on those of you who have caused the loss of our Headteacher

      1. I acknowledged that not all members were in support of this travesty, I applaud you for your conviction and loyalty of so many years. You will be another great loss to our school and sadly another example to the parents, teachers, students and hopefully the remaining governors that all that is right and good in our school is disappearing. I wish you all the best Maria

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  6. Deeply saddened! Miss Ambrose abrupt exit from St Joseph’s is shameful on our catholic beliefs. For a small lady she stood tall for this school and devoted her life to it and every child that has been fortunate to have been taken under her wing. She not only taught the National curriculum to achieve good grades for the school, she brought every child through their education as if they were her own. Giving them belief where they didn’t in themselves helping them to be strong individuals with caring hearts and excellent morals/values in life. I’m disgusted that not only was she denied the fine farewell she deserved for all she has done, but that no one was given the time to show their thanks for her outstanding commitment & hard work done for the school for all those years. It’s so unbelievable & upsetting for me and for many. Hurts to think how she must be feeling right now!!!!

  7. This is terrible news. It’s important that the school community get to the bottom of this.
    Miss. Ambrose was the best head I have ever come across; an inspiration and completely dedicated to the welfare of the children.
    I would come back to march for her reinstatement at St Josephs.

  8. I remember Miss Ambrose well. An excellent teacher and lovely lady too. Although my children do not attend St. Joseph’s, I find this news very upsetting. I don’t know the full story behind Miss Ambroses’ early retirement, but I find it quite sinister none the less. Here’s hoping that the truth will prevail and that the school and it’s children will continue to flourish in the way they had been accustomed to, under Miss Ambroses’ leadership.

  9. So sorry to hear about the circumstances of Miss Ambrose’s retirement. She was, and I’m sure still is, an exceptional and committed teacher who went above and beyond for the school and every child, because she genuinely cares. She does not deserve to end her teaching career like this.

  10. Me , my children and my grand children attended this school and while Mrs Ambrose had the role of Head Teacher she was the best the school could ever of had and it is disgusting the way she has been treated she has never thought of nothing but the best for the school and their children !

  11. So sad to hear about Miss Ambrose. I don’t live in the UK now but my parents go to St Joseph’s church. When I returned to Manchester 5 years ago because my Dad was very ill she so kindly allowed my daughter Melisa to attend St Joseph’s during this time. I couldn’t thank her enough for her support during such a difficult time. From the time Melisa attended St Joseph’s to her leaving gave me an amazing insight into a truly fantastic, caring school and community. It embraces everyone and makes you feel like you have always been part of it. Miss Ambrose should be so proud of the enthusiasm, confidence, drive and commitment she has tried to give everyone. An amazing women – A hard act to follow.

  12. This is terrible I cannot believe that miss Ambrose has been treated this way it’s disgusting. I attended this school whilst miss Ambrose was there and my brothers and family were too. She gave so much support to my mum who had a child with difficult behaviour. My mum remembers miss Ambrose starting her career in reception class at Mount carmel. This goes to show how dedicated she is to her job. I hope she gets to read these comments so she can actually see that she was respected and valued because she obviously hasn’t been shown this. Miss Ambrose should be brought back so everyone can show their appreciation.

  13. Was so sorry to hear that miss ambrose was retiring!! But when I heard she was being forced to was very unfair!! My 5 children have been taught my miss ambrose my neice n nephews and also my self and brothers n sister! She has always had the childrens education and welbeing at heart she is an excellent teacher n head teacher!! She shud have been shown more respect for all her hard work and dedication from all the yrs she’s put in to st joesphs n its pupils!!

  14. This has come as a great shock to all of us. I have so many fond memories of Miss Ambrose. Infact she helped nurture myself and a lot of other children into the adults we are today.
    She showed such passion and commitment to St Joeys and this is completely unjustified!!
    Thankyou for all the time you gave us. You have been one of the leading figures in my childhood and I won’t forget that.

  15. Shocking. I was taught over 30 years ago by Mrs Ambrose and she was a great teacher then. I truly hope this gers resolved.

  16. So sad when we heard that miss ambrose has been forced to leave.i remember when mrs rowan retired all the parents and kids had a party .all got together and made it easy to say good bye ,wont be the same without her she made everyone an indivual in there own rite .thats why my grandchild got a place we was over the moon ,this is wrong

    1. What on earth has gone on here!! This head teacher has had 40 years of service in this school, she has battled against closure’s, cuts, balancing the books, keeping the school secure and above all looking out for the children and doing her absolute best. Truly disgusted – shame on the board for doing this. Both my girls went to this school and though they are at Uni and College now, they appreciated every effort Miss Ambrose put in and Mrs Jones. So how about hearing from the Board then – what do they have to say what are there reasons! Let’s by pass local government and go to Secretary of Education instead.

  17. I am saddened & perplexed at the recent retirement of Miss Ambrose who was clearly forced to retire. The very reason myself & many other parents put their children into St Joseph’s school is because of the wonderful head teacher Miss Ambrose who has devoted so much time & effort into the school & into creating a warm & intimate environment as opposed to many other schools that are just institutions that process children. St Jospehs loved & nurtured the children & this was lead by Miss Ambrose who had worked there and was familiar with the community for many years. Now employing outsiders to the school & the community is a worry & I doubt the culture set by Miss Ambrose will continue. I am also disgusted at the board for forcing out an amazing head teacher who has given her life to the school. Has this issue been escalated to our local councillors? Something should definitely be done about this matter!

  18. I cannot understand how they can just remove her she is and was a wonderful teacher and willing to do anything and everything for all the children surely this is what a teacher is supposed to be .BRING BACK MISS AMBROSE .

  19. I totally agree that the speed and nature of Miss Ambrose departure was shocking after all the years of love and dedication she gave to the school. As a parent of former pupils alnd myself a former pupil, I can honestly say what a wonderful family was created. It will never be the sane but her brilliant staff will ensure her legacy will live on!

  20. Was shocked & saddened to hear about Miss Ambrose’s forced early retirement. I find it heartbreaking to hear that no celebration for her teaching career was given. I feel that this has not only robbed Miss Ambrose of leaving her calling on a high, but you have also failed to let the community show their appreciation for a woman that truly deserved the adulation from pupils past & present. Not only that but you have shown your current pupils that you can work all your life then you are quietly shown the back door !

  21. Totally unfair toward Miss Ambrose, the children and the school, this has been done in a really sly back handed way, I feel with the intention to avoid people being able to dispute it.

  22. Miss Ambrose was and is an amazing teacher and head teacher and has made this school what it is today. I went here and so did my brother and sisters and it is amazing and a family school, shocking to hear the way miss Ambrose had been treated so close to christmas.

  23. This is so wrong miss Ambrose should of had a better send of and more respect has she has been at this school a very long time i think she should be brought back and miss Ambrose have special send off from a school thats is suppose to have morals .

  24. Dedicated Teacher and later Head Teacher . All my children went to St Joseph’s school and you could only praise her dedication to the children , parents , other staff & the church !

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