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Language Hub School

Swanswell Language Hub Co-lead School

Lawrence Sheriff School and Sidney Stringer Academy are excited and honoured to have been named by the Department for Education as Lead Hub Schools.

The main aim of the programme is to increase the number of pupils who study languages to GCSE and beyond.


Our Team 

Steph Standing is Swanswell’s Language Hub Lead based at Lawrence Sheriff School.  Steph teaches French and German and has been teaching for over 15 years. She is also the school’s ECT Induction Tutor. 

Steph Standing

Sarah Wu provides administrative support for the Swanswell Hub.

Sarah Wu

In September 2024, we will be joined by a joint Hub Lead from Sidney Stringer Academy.

 We can be contacted via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our X handle: @SwanswellLH

Our work is based across Warwickshire and Birmingham, although we are working alongside other local Language Hubs. Find your local Lead Hub school. 

Our Vision

At Swanswell Language Hub, we believe that foreign language acquisition empowers learners, opens doors and creates a lasting skill set. Research-informed Universal CPD underpins our improvement journey as a Hub, but also as practitioners. Teamwork and collaboration encompass all that we do. Our aim is to improve exam results and increase uptake at GCSE and beyond, working with, and celebrating our culturally rich and diverse learners. 

Our Partner Schools

The programme’s ethos is ‘Collaboration, Creativity and Collegiality’ and we are thrilled to be working with colleagues from secondary Partner Schools, spreading best practice, ensuring high quality language education, delivering bespoke CPD and increasing home, heritage and community language uptake. Our Partner Schools are:

Arena Academy 

Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College 

Brockington College 

St Augustine’s Catholic High School 

St Benedict’s Catholic High School

Saint John Wall Catholic School 

Willenhall Academy 


Our Affiliate Schools

If you are interested in accessing our support and training, please contact us via email for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Continued Professional Development

The NCLE continues with its series of professional development webinars designed to support teachers in building confidence in language teaching pedagogy. 

NCLE is also developing Universal CPD modules to meet the needs of all teachers, taking account of their range of contexts and the needs of their pupils. Modules will be available soon.

Join Swanswell Language Hub on Monday 24th June for a day of free CPD helping you to prepare to teach the new GCSE!

The event will begin with a keynote presentation from Helen Myers (MBE) and Association for Language Learning Trustee. Will we then look in more detail at the new assessment mechanisms and what they mean for our planning, teaching, and classroom assessment. After lunch, we will dedicate time to collective development of resources and for the sharing of good practice. The day will be relevant to both AQA and Edexcel specifications and to French, German, and Spanish GCSE.


Other Organisations

NCLE Language Hubs 


British Council 

Sidney Stringer Academy