EMS for Autism

An Enhanced Mainstream School (EMS) is a mainstream school which provides support and outreach to other schools and settings in their area and, in most cases, has a number of places reserved for statemented pupils with specific types of special educational needs.

North Yorkshire local authority has a network of 27 Enhanced Mainstream Schools for special educational needs (SEN) and social, emotional and behavioural needs (SEBN).

  • 5 enhanced primary schools for Communication and Interaction
  • 5 enhanced secondary schools for Autism
  • 7 enhanced secondary schools for Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Alverton Enhanced Early Years Provision for Specific Language Impairment
  • 9 enhanced primary schools for Social, Emotional and Behavioural needs

The enhanced mainstream schools provide support and outreach services based around the requirements of children and young people with specific types of SEND who require additional and different support to make progress in a mainstream school environment. The EMS are 'centres for excellence' within their specialist area.

Autism is a lifelong condition that has a great impact on children, young people and their families or carers. It can affect how they make sense of the world around them. Usually, difficulties are present in early childhood although sometimes they are not evident or significant until a time of change or transition.

Communication and Interaction

There is a network of EMS for Communication and Interaction across North Yorkshire, including five enhanced secondary schools for autism link to main autism page, five enhanced primary schools for communication and interaction and an enhanced early years provision for specific language impairment link to main SLCN page.

EMS for Autism

School Area covered Contact details
Bedale High Bedale, Catterick, Northallerton, Stokesley, Swaledale, Thirsk, Wensleydale 01677 422419
Fliey School

Central Ryedale, North Ryedale, Filey, Scarbrough, Whitby

01723 512354
(ext. 100)

Holy Family Catholic High School Selby, Sherburn, Tadcaster 01405 860276
King James' School Boroughbridge, Easingwold, Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon 01423 866061
South Craven School North Craven, Mid Craven, South Craven 01535 632861

EMS for Communication and Interaction

School Area Covered Contact details
Embsay North Craven, Mid Craven, South Craven 01756 793426
(ext. 203)
Hookstone Chase Boroughbridge, Easingwold, Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon 01423 886026
(ext. 27)
Kirkbymoorside Central Ryedale, North Ryedale, Filey, Scarborough, Whitby 01751 432984
Mill Hill Bedale, Catterick, Northallerton, Stokesley, Swaledale, Thirsk, Wensleydale 01609 772382
(option 3)
Thrope Willoughby Selby, Sherburn, Tadcaster 01751 703996

These enhanced schools have additional specialist staffing and receive support from the local authority in making specialist provision within the school and in providing support and outreach to other schools in their area.

They form part of a flexible range of specialist provision which is able to meet the needs of some children with high need communication and interaction difficulties and also to develop the capacity of its community of local schools, by sharing expertise in autism and in speech, language and communication, and breaking down the preconceptions associated with these conditions.

An Enhanced Mainstream School (EMS) is a mainstream school which has a number of places reserved for statemented pupils with specific types of special educational needs. The enhanced mainstream schools for autism and communication & interaction each make direct provision in their home school and also provide outreach support to other schools in their area.

The schools have additional physical provision (a base room) and specialist resources and facilities around the school to support the education of children and young people with communication and interaction needs or autism.

The specialist provision provided by 'enhanced' mainstream schools enables higher levels of specialist support to be available and better opportunities for children and young people with SEN to be educated with, and alongside, their mainstream peers.

Forms - EMS Autism

2 EMS Autism - Informed Parental Consent 
3 EMS Record of Support & Intervention - Generic Form

Useful downloads

1 Guide for Parents - Autism
2 Guide for Mainstream Schools - Autism
Meeting the Needs Diagram