Enhanced Mainstream School Outreach

What is an Enhanced Mainstream School?

Thirsk Enhanced Mainstream School is one of 9 Primary Schools across North Yorkshire that has a Specialist Team developed to meet the needs of children experiencing Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH). We are part of Thirsk Community Primary School. Our school is inclusive of all children, and the EMS enables us to provide access to education for children who are temporarily unable to attend their home school because of physical illness, injury or emotional needs.

Where are We?

We are located centrally in Thirsk Community Primary School and are able to offer support to forty two primary schools along the A19 corridor. Our enhanced school forms part of a network, commissioned and coordinated by the North Yorkshire Children and Young People’s Services. Enhanced Mainstream Schools for SEMH form part of the Education and Skills Service.

What Do We Do and the Principles of an Enhanced Mainstream School

The purpose of an EMS school is to assist in building the confidence, competence and capacity of our cluster schools to meet the needs of pupils who are not making progress due to social, emotional and behavioural needs. In  addition to providing tailored in-reach support for pupils with severe and complex needs. As part of this remit, we work with staff at Thirsk Community Primary School so that inclusion techniques across the school are at the leading edge of current practice and so that we may become an exemplary school for the schools that we  support. This involves working closely with all teachers and support staff to deliver  guidance and training.


The staff of Thirsk EMS can offer a variety of outreach support to our  cluster schools based around the requirements of pupils with SEMH needs, who may require additional and different support to make progress in a mainstream school environment..