Students' first point of contact should always be their school/college SLE co-ordinating teacher but parents/carers are welcome to get in touch with the SLE if they need to. E-mail is the best way to do this.

Paul Smith -

 Principal Administrator

Paul is Head of Modern Foreign Languages at Netherstowe School and has been an invaluable member of the exchange and has accompanied the exchange visits in the past few years. He has become one of the "piliers de l'échange".

ël Lacoult -

Deputy Principal Administrator 

SLE coordinator for NULC and Sandwell College. Michaël is FRENCH which keeps us on our linguistic toes. Michaël joined the exchange programme in 2012. He made his first visit as an accompanying member of staff in 2013 and never looked back. He proved to be an invaluable member of the team.


Emma Scholes



 Deputy Administrator

SLE co-ordinator at Chase Terrace Technology College, Emma is a keen francophone and Francophile! Convinced of the benefits that obtain through “immersion” in a language, Emma is a persuasive “recruitment officer” for the exchange. She has accompanied visits on many occasions and has established lifelong friendships with colleagues in the Limousin. 
Valérie Durand - Deputy Administrator

Valérie is Head of Languages at Alleyne’s Academy and joined the exchange as a new SLE co-ordinator in 2015. Valérie originates from Normandy but experienced her first visit to Limoges and the region with the exchange in April 2017. She has run exchanges with France and Germany for 20 years with Westwood College and experienced her first exchange to Germany when she was 14.
“Il faut se lancer pour progresser!”

Catherine Clitheroe - Chair

A testimony to the longevity of the exchange Catherine has served on the committee for more than 25 years! Formerly a teacher of French at St. John Fisher RC High School before her retirement Cathy has accompanied many visits to the Limousin and has made many lifelong friends there as a result of her enthusiasm, commitment and dedication.


Catherine Lane - Vice chair

Catherine Lane is an SLE coordinator and French teacher at Weston Road Accademy. She believes that the exchange provides students with the perfect opportunity to experience French culture and develop their language skills. She is a positive member of the committee and a keen Francophile. She accompanied in 2018 for the first time and is now completely converted.


Jim Fisher -

 Treasurer, SLE Advisor

Jim Fisher has been a leading figure for Languages in the Staffordshire region. Teacher of French in an 11-18 High School for 12 years before joining the county Advisory service in 1988 as Adviser for Modern Foreign Languages in the Staffordshire Local Education Authority until retirement in 2012. He first became Administrator for the SLE in 2009.

Janet Carter



 Committee Member


SLE Committee member who has been involved with the exchange for many years. In 2015, Janet retired from working at The Cheadle Academy and Subject Leader for Modern Foreign Languages. She is a highly experienced member of the SLE committee having accompanied the visit to the Limousin on numerous occasions.


Adam Marshall -

 Committee Member


Adam has been our secretary for a few years and is a true lover of the French language and culture.
Adam is an ardent Francophile and passionate about the exchange. He has accompanied many visits and is an energetic committee member!

Rowena Cass - Committee Member

Rowena taught at Sir Graham Balfour High School and King Edward VI in Stafford as Head of French. She accompanied the Sancerre-Eccleshall  Family to Family Exchange in 1981 & 1982 when some of her pupils and her own children took part. She progressed to the Staffordshire Limousin Experience and continued as an enthusiastic member of the Exchange and the Work Experience believing that this 'bain linguistique' develops pupil confidence and gives professional development to accompanying staff. 
Vive l'Echange!

Cyril Jones -

 Committee Member

Until his retirement in 2007, Cyril regularly accompanied parties to the Limousin. Cyril says: "For me as a teacher, the Exchange provided essential in-service training, enabling me to establish valuable links with my French counterparts. Those of my students whom I took with me benefited considerably from the authentic experience of the language in a region of France, which we came to call our own. I am still in contact with the many friends I made during these educational visits: a lasting tribute to an organisation, which is soon to celebrate its 40th anniversary."

Loraine Tymons - Committee Member

A unique SLE committee member Loraine is currently our only active (very!) volunteer supporter! Loraine is a dedicated student of French and has worked diligently to improve her confidence and competence accompanying numerous visits and practising speaking French in real life everyday situations exactly as the students are encouraged to do.