Bell was founded by Frank Bell, a University of Cambridge graduate, with a love of languages and a vision to promote intercultural understanding through language education.

Frank’s inspiration came from his time as a prisoner of war during the Second World War. In the harsh conditions of the camp, he taught his fellow prisoners Spanish and French, a simple act of defiance that quickly led to the creation of a secret university which taught a broad range of subjects.

After the war, Frank Bell returned to England where, reflecting on his experiences, he became convinced that the route to international co-operation and understanding lay in learning. This led him, in 1955, to open his first language school in Cambridge, which still operates today.

Since then, Bell has grown with schools in both Cambridge and London, to an internationally recognised, high-quality education business which unlocks the world for its students through learning English and learning in English.

In China, Bell support students, teachers and educational institutions to engage in transformative language learning across the curriculum, at home or abroad in the UK.


We continue to follow the vision of our founder Frank Bell (left), who believed in the power of language to transform lives and the world. We have always had education at the heart of everything we do and in over 60 years, we have never compromised on that.