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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. 

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

Jenny Cannell

Centre Director

Jenny Cannell is responsible for leading the implementation of the strategic aims of the school and managing the daily operations of the school, as well as ensuring high standards of academic excellence, supervision of all pupils and staff, and the school premises.  Jenny will ensure that you have a friendly welcome and your academic and welfare needs are met while you are studying at BLC.

enny can be contacted at jenny@blc-English.co.uk

Jenny Cannell

Monika Smith

Assistant Director of Studies

Monika helps with the management of the teaching team and the academic department. She organises and runs the academic side of the Junior Summer Programme. 

Monika has taught English in the UK for many years, as well as teaching in Spain, Poland, Malta and Slovakia. She is an experienced translator and an examiner for Cambridge ESOL English language exams.

Contact Monika at ados@blc-english.co.uk

Monika Smith

Kasia Tyka

BLC Teacher

Kasia first came to BLC in 2007 and has been a full-time teacher at the school for more than 5 years. She has taught a variety of English courses to students of all ages for 15 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

Nic White

Director of Studies

Nic recruits and manages the teaching team and BLC’s academic department. She plans courses, organises classes and oversees the students’ academic welfare. Nic is dedicated to ensuring that BLC students are taken care of and progress as quickly as possible on courses that meet their learning needs.

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

Nic White

Aleksandra Lenczuk-Bomba

Operations Manager

 Aleksandra is responsible for the smooth running of BLC Operations and Student Support. Aleksandra oversees the BLC Office and is responsible for compliance and quality control. She is BLC’s safeguarding designated lead and is responsible for student welfare. During the summer, Aleksandra is Academic Manager on our Clifton College site. She is looking forward to welcoming you at BLC!

Contact Aleksandra at operations@blc-english.co.uk

Aleksandra Lenczuk-Bomba

Fay Hester

Admissions / Student Support Officer

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

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

Fay Hester

Olya Rusecka

Accommodation / Student Support Officer

Olya places our junior and adult students with hosts and is responsible for recruitment of new hosts, as well as managing BLC residences. Olya 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 Olya at accommodation@blc-english.co.uk

Olya Rusecka

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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