Enhanced Mainstream School

Richmond School is a designated Enhanced Mainstream School for Specific Learning Difficulties.

In 2010 Richmond School was designated as an Enhanced Mainstream School (EMS) for Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD). This is one of 7 EMS SpLD spread across the county. These form part of the Cognition and Learning Network coordinated by Access and Inclusion Services within the Local Authority (LA). Each EMS has a support base at the heart of the school; with assistance from the LA to fund specialist resources.


The Richmond School EMS SpLD serves Bedale, Catterick, Swaledale and Wensleydale.

The support base is fully integrated into Richmond School, promoting an inclusive culture and raising awareness of SpLD, whilst assisting in the removal of barriers to achievement for all children and young people, helping to challenge the preconceptions associated with SpLD, and providing training and professional development for teaching and support staff.

The EMS provides support and outreach services based around the requirements of students with high needs in terms of specific learning difficulties, who require additional and different support to make progress in a mainstream school environment.

Specific learning difficulties is an over-arching term for a number of associated learning difficulties of varying severity.

Students with SpLD may experience particular difficulties in processing information, learning to read, write, spell or manipulate numbers. Other difficulties may include organisation and co-ordination.

Specific Learning Difficulties - Information & Training

Provision for children and young people with specific learning difficulties (SpLD) forms part of NYCC Specialist Support which works in partnership with settings in schools to promote the presence, participation and achievement of children and young people, aged between 0-25 with a range of SEN and disabilities and their families.

The North Yorkshire Specific Learning Difficulties Strategy is applicable to children, young people and young adults with dyslexia, dyscalculia and DCD/Dyspraxia. The focus is on improving outcomes to ensure each child's learning progression. Contents of the strategy are published as part of the NYCC local offer.

The attached documents give an overview of identification and support.

Specific Learning Difficulties Strategy


Dyscalculia (coming soon)

DCD/Dyspraxia (coming soon)

Dysgraphia (coming soon)

Contact Details

The Enhanced Mainstream School for SpLD at Richmond School is staffed by:

Kath Lawson – Teacher in Charge (full time) - MA (SEN) PG Dipl. Dylexia & Literacy, AMBDA
Janet Wright – Specialist Teacher - PG Cert. Dyslexia & Literacy
Helen Robson - Specialist ATA
Liz Ramsay - Specialist ATA
Steffy Cappleman – Administration Officer


To contact EMS SpLD at Richmond School:

Telephone: 01748 828122


We look forward to working in partnership with you for the benefit of all pupil