Primary Nurture Hub

What is a Hub?

Peterborough City Council and a number of primary, secondary and special schools are working together to create a network of specialist hubs in schools across the city. These Hubs are developing to become ‘centres of expertise’ to help improve the support for all children with special educational needs and disabilities in all schools in the Peterborough area. The primary focus of a Hub is to equip themselves and other schools to support students with specific SEND. Some of these Hubs have a limited number of places for students.

You can find out more about the network of Hubs at

The Nurture Hub at NeneGate

The Peterborough SEMH Primary Hub supports children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) issues and is based at NeneGate School – a special school for young people with SEMH. We have a small number of on-site placements for young people with EHC plans stating SEMH as their primary need. We provide a small specialised environment where developmental gaps are addressed using the principles of nurture. We also provide advice and training to primary schools on best practice in supporting young people with SEMH in their setting.

Nurture Principles:

  • Children's learning is understood developmentally
  • The classroom offers a safe base
  • The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing
  • Language is a vital means of communication
  • All behaviour is communication
  • The importance of transition in children's lives


Meet the Team


Mr Pettener


Mr Pettener is the newly appointed hub manager. He has been in post since September 2018.


Miss Roberts

Miss Roberts works closely with all the children teaching English, Science and Food Technology.

She also has a lot of animals, some of which may occasionally visit the school!


 Mr McQueen


Mrs Dooley


Mrs Dooley and Mr McQueen work with the children in the nurture hub all day to help them with their social, emotional and mental health needs as well as helping them make progress with their academic work.


The 'Nenegate Hub' leaflet provides more detail about who we are and how the hub works along with useful contact numbers.

The 'Behaviour as a Language' leaflet provides some supporting notes which we use in our training days. If you wish to know more then do make contact with us. We will be more than happy to help.