Griffin and Bell Education

Our Philosophy

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Our Philosophy

Griffin and Bell Education is run by husband-and-wife co-founders and directors Matthew and Victoria Smith. The Griffin + Bell team is a constant support to the parents and the students we work with. Whether we are recommending tutors, or providing consultations, courses or one of the many other services by which we help our students on their journeys of discovery, we never sway from our three core values: honesty, clarity and inspiration.


We believe that private tuition should provide the student with the time and the support they need to learn effectively. When a tutor has the experience, the skills and the personal qualities to help the student work productively, results invariably follow.

A good tutor will begin by assessing the student's academic progress, their confidence levels and their organisational skills. Sparking the student's inspiration is the next step.

From there, successful tutors use their lessons to create a journey guided by the thrill of discovery and clear academic goals. They understand that they must work in synch with the student's classwork or their professional work. And they understand the importance of clear feedback, that helps to orientate both students and parents, without overloading either.

We are always on hand to offer support and advice to tutors. Together we can offer you a first-class service.


In a world in which the influence that cultures and continents have on one another grows stronger by the day, we believe that education must become more inventive, more resilient and more engaging.

Today's students will be strengthened by access to sources of learning from more than one part of the world: from Mandarin to foreign exchange trips; from innovative software to online lectures; from visiting tutors to international universities. The most ambitious teachers and companies will seek to become leaders in, or to draw influence from, the new network of global education.


In British legend, griffins are seen as the guardians of important things. Bells symbolise wisdom, clarity and understanding across a range of different cultures. In our view, all great educators are the custodians of the treasures of learning.

“We are extremely pleased with Griffin and Bell Education... in a matter of days they had found a match for my son. My husband and I are very happy, as my son not only enjoys his lessons, but also his Maths results have improved! I have recommended Griffin + Bell to many friends!”
— Mother, St. John's Wood