Hi Nimbus, My DS is starting St.Ambrose in September and from what I gather from replies on this forum no non-catholics have been offered a place this year ( not sure how of much this is true as I don't have any stats to back this up) but when we went to the open day we were shown around by a lovely current year 7 boy ( so last intake ) who told us he wasn't a catholic and was lucky to gain a place, so obviously they have offered places in the past and still do but how many I'm not sure. We are from a different local authority and when we decided to sit for Trafford 11+ we weren't sure if we had a chance in any schools but I for one do not like the 'what if' , so my DS sat Sale(although we knew we were nowhere in their oversubscription criteria) , AGSB, St.Ambrose and St.Joseph's. We always knew St.Ambrose is what we wanted for personal reasons but we ranked 2 other schools in the caf form as backup. In my opinion if you want to give it a go and you think you want your child to go to a faith school you should , as you never know how many catholics are going to sit the exam or pass this year. None of us can tell the future. Good luck to you and your DS.