The Earl of Wessex met students from across the world – 34 nationalities currently studying at Bell Cambridge – who have prepared special projects showcasing aspects of their culture. These focused on music, art, traditional dress and costume, food and drink. Students also showed what they have learnt about British culture.
HRH, The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex visits language school and education provider Bell Cambridge to join their celebration of education and international cooperation.
The Earl of Wessex is passionate about organisations and causes which provide opportunities for young people and plays a leading role in the development of The Duke of Edinburgh Award, a programme created by his father to help young people develop skills for life and work.
Frank Pinner, Principal at Bell Cambridge, said: “Our students have been busy preparing their projects to show The Earl of Wessex about their culture and to show what they have learnt about British culture. It’s a great experience for them to practice their English with The Earl of Wessex!”
The Earl of Wessex is a keen sports fan and is Patron of Paralympics GB and Vice Patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation. A tour of the grounds at Bell Cambridge saw students playing traditional British sports, badminton and croquet, and talking to The Earl of Wessex about how social and sporting activities advance their English language development. The tour also took in Frank Bell’s original house, the sports pavilion, the Islamic prayer room and the new science laboratory built in 2017.
Students Sarah Willems, 19 from Belgium, and Santiago Zuloaga Chave, 19 from Mexico, presented The Earl of Wessex with gifts from the staff and students at Bell: a bespoke flag with all the nationalities Bell has taught and a small engraved bell with the date of the visit. The Earl of Wessex unveiled and rung a large commemorative school bell to mark the occasion.
Sarah Willems joined Bell on the Science University Foundation in September 2016, studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths. She will complete her course at the end of June and is expected to achieve a high grade. She plans to go on to study dentistry at the end of her course.
Santiago Zuloaga Chavez has been studying Effective English and Cambridge Exam preparation courses at Bell since August 2016. He intends to study Business at the Pan American University in Mexico after he completes his English studies at Bell, to pursue a career in international business.
Greg Hoile, CEO of Bell, concluded: “Bell is a place where ideas and aspirations from all over the world come together. Students learn from us, we learn from them, they learn from each other, and the experiences and friendships made here pave the way for cooperation on a number of levels globally. Many of our students are on paths to become future leaders of influential businesses and organisations, and some even their countries.”
Bell has recently celebrated its 60th anniversary year and as part of the visit a timeline of Bell was presented by students. It begins with University of Cambridge graduate Frank Bell’s inspiration for the first Bell school back in 1955 – that the route to international cooperation lay in learning. This followed his time as a prisoner in the Second World War, where he created a ‘secret university’ teaching languages to fellow inmates.
Since then, many landmarks have led to Bell as it is today, an internationally-recognised organisation teaching English to young learners and adults, preparing international students for English-speaking universities and training teachers all over the world.
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- Bell was founded in 1955 by Frank Bell, a University of Cambridge graduate, who believed in the power of language to change lives and transform the world. Frank’s inspiration came from his time as a prisoner of war during the Second World War. In the camp he taught his fellow prisoners languages, which quickly led to the creation of a “secret university”. He believed the route to international cooperation lay in learning. After he returned to England, he opened his first language school in Cambridge, which continues to follow his vision to this day.
- Bell teaches English language courses to young learners and adults, prepares international students for English-speaking universities and trains the world’s EFL teachers.
- Bell has four young learner schools and two adult schools in prestigious locations in the UK. Bell teacher development courses take place at Homerton College, part of the University of Cambridge.
- Bell Switzerland, based in Geneva, teaches English to learners of all ages, from pre-school nursery to tailor-made programmes for professionals. Bell also runs English-speaking nurseries in China, in partnership with local education providers.
- Bell teaching experts run bespoke education projects all over the world.
- In 2012, the charity The Bell Foundation was established to work to overcome exclusion through language education. The Bell Foundation focuses on two key programmes: Language for Results in schools and Language for Change in prisons.