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Meet the team

The friendly and professional BLC Team are here to help!

Many of our teachers and support staff have studied or lived in other countries, and we understand that living in another country can be as challenging as learning a language.

We are here to help you improve your English and support your studies, while ensuring you are safe and happy at the same time.  We will help you make the most of your language learning experience. 

Among the BLC team are speakers of Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, French, Japanese and German.

Seonaid Birkett

Managing Director and Founder

Seonaid understands the challenges of learning a language and living in a foreign country and will do everything she can to ensure that your time at BLC is enjoyable and productive.

Contact Seonaid at Seonaid@blc-english.co.uk

Seonaid Birkett

Hayley Robinson

Director of Studies

 

Hayley is responsible for leading the implementation of the strategic aims of the school, recruiting and managing the teaching team and BLC’s academic department, as well as ensuring high standards of academic excellence, supervision of all pupils and staff. Hayley will ensure that you have a friendly welcome to BLC and your academic and welfare needs are met while you are studying with us. 

Contact Hayley at dos@blc-english.co.uk (if applying for possible teaching jobs, please include your full CV and a covering letter)

Hayley Robinson

Kasia Tyka

BLC Teacher

Kasia first came to BLC in 2007 and has been a full-time teacher at the school for more than 10 years. She has taught a variety of English courses to students of all ages over the past 20 years, and has worked in secondary schools and language colleges both in Poland and the UK.

In addition to teaching, Kasia advises students on the different English language exams that are available and makes sure our exam courses are well promoted in the school. She can also assist students with exam applications.

Contact Kasia at teachers@blc-english.co.uk

Kasia Tyka

Maria Osipova

Admissions / Student Support Officer

Maria works in our Student Support Team and is responsible for BLC Admissions, dealing with agent enquiries and the processing of applications and invoices. Maria loves meeting our students and helping them settle into life in Bristol and at BLC.

Contact Maria about application or invoice enquiries at centreadministrator@blc-english.co.uk

Maria Osipova

Sarah Smith

Accommodation / Student Support Officer

Sarah places our junior and adult students with hosts and is responsible for recruitment of new hosts, as well as managing BLC residences. Sarah will make sure your stay at BLC is as comfortable as possible and is here to deal with any student accommodation queries.

If you are interested in hosting for BLC, you can contact Sarah at accommodation@blc-english.co.uk

Sarah Smith

Katie Denton

Sales & Marketing Executive

Katie is responsible for the marketing of BLC and all new enquiries. As student of languages herself, she has first hand experience of the challenges and rewards of studying abroad and enjoys helping students reach their own goals. Katie speaks Spanish and Italian and is always on hand to help you choose the right course for you. 

 

Contact Katie with your course enquiry at marketing@blc-english.co.uk

Katie Denton

Jorge Alzate

Business Development Manager

Jorge is originally from Medellin, Colombia and moved to the UK with his family over a year ago. Bristol was his first choice because of its reputation for being a welcoming, lively and creative city. He is an expert on advising Latin American students on the best course for them - contact Jorge now for your personalised quote.

Contacta a Jorge en sales@blc-english.co.uk

Jorge Alzate

Nathália Lemos

Sales & Marketing Support Officer for Brazil

Nathália has recently joined the BLC team to support our Brazilian students and partners. She is originally from São Paulo and after several years' experience working in study abroad agencies in Santos (near São Paulo) she has just moved to Bristol to start a new adventure. She speaks English and Portuguese and is looking forward to assisting students from the other side of the Atlantic! 

 

Entre em contacto com Nathália pelo brazil@blc-english.co.uk

Nathália Lemos

Silvia Vigna

Groups Co-ordinator / Student Support

Silvia is responsible for the co-ordination of all our groups throughout the year, arranging activities and excursions, liasing with group leaders and ensuring everything runs smoothly. 

student.support@blc-english.co.uk

Silvia Vigna

I like this school because it isn't a big one and because all the teachers and school staff are very friendly

Laura Rodriguez Font, Spanish, aged 33

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