Darta is a current Year 13 pupil and is also one of the Heads of School. For her A Levels she is taking Music, Music Technology and English Literature. 

Q: Tell us about what made you decide to come to BCS

A: I always knew that I wanted to study in England as my brother is studying here. I wanted to explore outside of Latvia, and I found BCS through an agent. For me, this school seemed perfect, as we are not a big school, the close community is very important to me, as was the opportunity to study Music Technology, which for me as an artist and singer is key. 

Q: Did you tour around the school before you arrived?

A: Well at the time I was applying to BCS Sixth Form it was during Covid and I couldn’t travel, so I attended open days and interviews online.

Q: Have you enjoyed BCS Sixth Form?

A: My life in Sixth has been really fun. This year I have been more focused on my studies. There are loads of very talented people. BCS in general and Sixth Form is a very kind community with people that want to help us with our life and studies. This is very important to boarders.

Q: Once you arrived did you feel like you settled into boarding life quite quickly?

A: I felt really welcomed when I joined. The first person I met was the Head of Girl's Boarding, so it felt like home from day one, as we welcome people with open arms.

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Q: Tell us a bit about your career in Latvia, and how this has developed in the last few years?

A: For the past couple of years in Latvia I have been developing my career as a singer. I have been singing for the past 14 years. In 2021 I released my first song in Latvia, and that kick-started my career as a singer and performer. When I am here I am writing songs and when I go back during breaks and holidays I go and record. I have released three singles and am working towards an album. I am also trying to build an image by attending social events.

Q: Do you feel that the teachers here have supported you and helped you develop your talent?

A: BCS has 100% supported me in every way possible. My teachers are very forthcoming as I can either go to Mr Lloyd or Miss Oliphant and talk to them about the productions I have and the demo tracks I'm working on. I always receive support when I am releasing music or have an interview. If I have to attend any concerts or award shows, BCS is very flexible in allowing my absences. 

“BCS has 100% supported me in every way possible.”

Q: What are your plans for next year when you leave BCS?

A: At this point I would like to go to university, hopefully in London. I have received offers from a couple of universities in London, so I need to make a decision. And of course, I will continue to work in Latvia and see where it goes.

Q: What has been your highlight at BCS?

A: Every moment in boarding when I spend time with my friends and spend our lives together has been a highlight for me! I also loved playing Vivian in this year's school production, Legally Blonde! 


Q: What are you going to miss the most?

A: I am going to miss my teachers, one of my favourites is Miss Oliphant in Music Technology.

Q: Have you enjoyed being a Head of School?

A: It has been an amazing experience. I am very happy that I have been given the chance to get involved in the development of the school.

Q: If you had any advice to tell people who were looking to join BCS, what would it be?

A: Don’t be afraid to take that risk and go with the flow.

Q: And finally, can we have three words to describe BCS?

A: Kind, welcoming and understanding.