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About Bell

We are part of the British-based education provider Bell, founded in Cambridge in 1955. Bell has been teaching students and training teachers from across the globe for over 60 years.  

Frank Bell, fondateur de Bell English.

About Bell

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 from one prestigious English language school in Cambridge to an internationally recognised, high-quality education business which unlocks the world for its students through learning English and learning in English.

We teach children, young learners, undergraduates and graduates; we train teachers, and work with clients in a range of sectors from oil and gas to banking, finance and manufacturing.

Find out more about Bell in the UK.

The Bell Foundation.

The Bell Educational Trust

In 1972, Frank Bell established the Bell Educational Trust, founded on the belief of promoting intercultural understanding through language education.

The charity The Bell Foundation, set up in 2012 as part of the Bell Educational Trust, works to overcome exclusion through language education.

The One World School and Nursery, part of Bell Switzerland.

Bell Switzerland

Established in 1990, Bell has over 25 years’ experience in Switzerland and provides language courses for the full learning journey – from preschool to professional.

Bell Switzerland has grown from one school in Geneva to three: Bell at Colombettes, Bell at the World Council of Churches and Bell at Montbrilliant. 

In 1993 Bell opened the One World School and Nursery, where children aged 2 to 6 of all nationalities come together to develop their skills and learn through play in English.

Our young learner courses (for 4-19 year olds) help children to improve their fluency in English and develop important life skills such as team work, responsibility and confidence, establishing their route to a rewarding future.  

Bell Switzerland has a long-established reputation as a provider of language courses to International Organisations and NGOs, to consulates and diplomatic missions and to the corporate market. We offer a full range of language classes in English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Arabic or Korean on request.