Alumni Voices

BSB alumni are making an impact around the world. Share your story.

BSB Alumni Spotlights

We love to keep you up-to-date on what is happening at BSB, but we are just as excited to learn about your lives, no matter how much time has passed! If you are a BSB alumnus who would like to share your recent project or accomplishment, we want to hear from you. Simply complete our Alumni Voices Submission Form and we will reach out within 3-5 days.

What Our Alumni Say

BSB Alumni Voices

Olivia Vinall, Actor

“I had so many wonderful opportunities and experiences at BSB; having access to the Brel theatre with all of its amazing facilities, being part of the phenomenal productions each year, directing my own shows, learning about lights and rigs and stage makeup.. it is where my passion for theatre and acting truly took hold and paved the way for my career.” — Olivia Vinall, Actor

Bailey Tomkinson, Musical Artist

“I came out of my shell at BSB. It was the first place I performed my own original material to a crowd of people and I had so much support from the school, teachers and my peers; even after departing, this support remains. The music department has such fantastic facilities. As a student, I was in there every day, writing music.” — Bailey Tomkinson, Musical Artist

Patrick Start, Cyber Wargaming & Incident Response Advisory Lead, Deloitte UK 21C, F Company, The London Regiment, British Army

“BSB gave me the opportunity to put myself out of my comfort zone and explore new things; opportunities to not only succeed but more importantly to fail. It is from these failures that I have been able to develop a resiliency that has enabled my career in both the Army as well as the Private Sector.” — Patrick Start, Cyber Wargaming & Incident Response Advisory Lead, Deloitte UK 21C, F Company, The London Regiment, British Army

Dom Mottram, Operational Project Manager, Network Rail

“BSB teachers fuelled my love for human geography and to follow my dream of working on the railways. The various nationalities also exposed me to working with people who have many different skills and outlooks on life -this has proved very useful ever since!” — Dom Mottram, Operational Project Manager, Network Rail

Danny Holden, Royal Military Police Force

“BSB taught me the importance of teamwork and to be confident in my individual abilities. This enabled me to follow my dreams and climb the ranks in the British Army as a Royal Military Police Officer.” — Danny Holden, Royal Military Police Force

Simon Harper, Executive Producer HOLBY CITY and CASUALTY

“There is no doubt in my mind that BSB set me up to ultimately do what I do today. As a student, it afforded me the special opportunity to not only act in, but also write, produce and direct plays in the amazing Brel Theatre with incredible equipment, lighting, stage management and costume -- all operated by devoted teachers and parents giving up their time and extraordinary talents in our wonderful creative community. I still feel part of that community, and I so treasure that.” — Simon Harper, Executive Producer HOLBY CITY and CASUALTY

Stephen Davies, Women's first team manager, AFC Bournemouth

“BSB teachers inspired my lifetime love of sport, and football, in particular. I was encouraged to strive to be the best I can be, in whatever I do. This has stayed with me throughout my working life and has helped me achieve more than I ever imagined possible.” — Stephen Davies, Women's first team manager, AFC Bournemouth

Pedro Catarino, Consultant Surgeon and Director of Transplantation, Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge

“My teachers at BSB created a learning environment that was the perfect preparation for studying at Cambridge, and which set me up for the life-long learning that is a career in medicine.” — Pedro Catarino, Consultant Surgeon and Director of Transplantation, Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge

Richard Baker, International Photographer

“At 16, the dark room at BSB wasn't the place I wanted to hang out in, but my eureka moment came later when I realised how amazing the world looked through a lens. Years on, I found the best course, left home and life was never the same.” — Richard Baker, International Photographer

Kirstie Lochtman, Production Researcher, BBC

“I always knew I wanted to work in television, and at BSB I received a huge amount of support and encouragement, helping me gain the confidence I needed to go into the industry.” — Kirstie Lochtman, Production Researcher, BBC

Eve Baker, Mandarin Tour Guide, Founder of Co-founder of Beiwei55

“BSB encouraged me to go out and take risks, not to be afraid of trying new things and to try these things with confidence.” — Eve Baker, Mandarin Tour Guide, Founder of Co-founder of Beiwei55


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