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Return to BLC for former pupil

‘Never give up’ was the inspiring message from a former pupil when he visited Bridge Learning Campus to speak with our students this term.


Mitchell Player, who left BLC in 2009, has since gone on to secure a job at Babcock International, working as a quality engineer, and also own his first home. 


Staff who taught Mitchell were delighted to welcome the 26-year-old back to BLC and hear of his brilliant success since leaving school. 

Students sat captivated as Mitchell recounted his journey from Teyfant Primary School, before it became BLC, through to college and work life. 


He spoke about the highlights of his education – one of which was winning the football league in Year 6, with Mr Willey as team manager – and how it was the best time of his life. 


But he also shared the challenges he faced in his home life as a youngster.

He said: “You can still achieve great things whilst horrible things can happen in our lives.

“Every family has something that goes wrong, but despite the things that could happen to you or others around you, you can always do well.

“Everyone in this room here has the potential to do amazing things.”


Mitchell emphasised the importance of working hard and aiming to get the best grades possible.


He also spoke about the importance of grasping opportunities outside of school and told our students about a role he landed with the local youth club which allowed him to travel to Brazil. 

Mitchell also became of member of the youth parliament, representing South Bristol, and had the chance to visit the House of Commons to discuss issues affecting young people. 

When Mitchell finished college, he applied for an apprenticeship with Babcock and was one of three out of 500 to have won a place. In 2017, he won apprentice of the year and then qualified to become a quality engineer the following year.


Mitchell said: “The world isn’t always happiness and sunshine, it can be hard and challenging but it’s about how you adapt to it, how you react to it and it’s about not giving up.

“Things won’t be given to you so easily in life. You have to work for it and earn it.

“For all of you, GCSEs is the next step, the next hurdle in your lives, and there will be more to come.

“Like I said, everyone in this room has the potential to do amazing things, so go do it.”


Liz Hackling, who taught Mitchell science, said: “It was awesome to see Mitchell again and to hear what he has gone onto achieve. It’s always great when student come back to BLC and tell us how well they’ve done.”