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SEMH Base at Wensum Junior School

We are an additionally funded provision within the mainstream school of Wensum Junior. We cater for children from years 3 to 6. We offer small class sizes of up to 8 children with high staffing ratios and access to targeted specialist support. Pupils are supported through a range of therapeutic approaches including one to one ELSA (Emotional Learning Support Assistant) sessions. We also have a Sensory Room for pupils to utilise.

This provides the right environment and differentiated provision that is appropriate for pupils with identified complex social emotional and mental health needs. We aim to successfully reintegrate children back to mainstream provision in their home school.


  • To enable pupils to return to mainstream education, improving their ability to emotionally first co-regulate and then self-regulate and ultimately improve pupils’ mental health. We also have an Education Psychologist linked to the Base.
  • To have a clear and accessible pathway for accessing support for pupils within mainstream schools.
  • To work in partnership with home schools, helping them better understand how to support pupils with complex SEMH needs and to be equipped to enable successful transitions for pupils back to mainstream provision.
  • For families of children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs to have access to appropriate support and strategies and understand how to best support their children. We have a Family Support Worker linked to the Base.
  • For families, home schools and SEMH bases to work collaboratively with children to enable them to flourish and make progress with-in a mainstream school provision.

In the first half term the children are immersed in the base with a 4 day placement per week with children spending Wednesdays in their home school for continuity. Children are kept on roll at their home school and are still seen as a pupil on register there. Some children may be offered fewer days per week with the other days being spent in their home schools. All staff in the SRB are ELSA trained and Norfolk Steps trained and they undergo refresher training every 12 months. The Lead Teacher Miss Hart is also a First Aider and a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). This consists of Step On training which enables focus on de-escalation and preventative strategies, including how to manage difficult or dangerous behaviour and to have an understanding of what challenging behaviour might be communicating. Step Up training enables effective policy that encompasses preventative strategies for tackling harmful behaviour.

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What our provision looks like…


We have our own soft surface playground separate from the main school. It is surrounded by an undercover external play area. Our building has 2 main classrooms, a practical room for cooking, art and messy play, along with a Sensory Room and a Calm Room.


Hallway with sensory circuits and sensory items.


Lobby space

The Nest

This is our Sensory Room, a lovely, cosy multipurpose room that pupils can use. It can also be used for therapeutic interventions.

The Honey Pot

A multipurpose room that can be used as a safe calm space for children or as an additional learning space.


Practical area

A multi-purpose space for cooking, art and anything messy!

Wensum Junior School, Turner Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4HB
Telephone: 01603 620877
Email: office@wensumjunior.org.uk

Head of School: Mrs Peachment
SENDCo: Mrs C Peachment
Chair of Governors: Mr Carroll