Griffin and Bell Education

About

Matthew Smith

Director and Co-founder

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Matt has worked as an English tutor and an educational consultant for over ten years, with students of all ages from early literacy up to Oxford and Cambridge entrance preparation and beyond. He has worked extensively with tutees at GCSE and A-level, with small groups in primary schools in Brixton, and helped applicants to succeed in their entrance exams for many of the top private schools in London and the UK, including Westminster, St. Paul's and King's College School.

Matt believes that tuition works best when complementing effective teaching at school, or when providing an outlet for struggling or prodigiously talented students who find that class lessons do not answer to their individual needs.

Matt read English at Christ Church College, Oxford. His poetry has been published in The London Magazine, Acumen, Orbis and many more of the top journals. He was one of the winners at The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2018. His debut novel is The Waking (2017), and his first collection of poetry is Sea of the Edge (2018), both published by Wundor Editions. His first solo photography exhibition will take place in Tokyo in February 2020.

Since the founding of the company, Matt has worked closely with tutors of all subjects to bring the necessary support to tutees. He offers in-depth consultations to parents and students who feel they might benefit from what a modern educational service can offer.

As co-founders of Griffin and Bell Education, Matt and his wife Victoria both enact Rule No. 1 of our company: everyone who works in our office must also teach.

Contact Matt – matt@griffinandbell.com

 

Victoria Smith

Director and Co-founder

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Victoria has been a tutor and educational consultant for the last twelve years. She has taught English to students of all ages, from primary to degree level.

She is a specialist in school entrance preparation for the top UK independent and grammar schools, particularly at 11+, 13+ and 16+ levels. Her students have gained entry to a wide range of prestigious schools, including Eton, Westminster, St. Paul’s, Winchester, Harrow, City, Goldolphin and Latymer, Habs', South Hampstead, Wycombe Abbey and NLCS. She runs our popular 11+ revision courses in the school holidays.

Victoria is an expert in supporting families with home schooling: she has a great deal of experience in finding and placing exceptional home school educators, and then helping to devise an inspiring and well-rounded curriculum to suit the individual child. 

She regularly advises parents who wish to move their children into the British school system from cities around the world, including Geneva, Miami, Beijing, Hong Kong, Barcelona and Colombo. She offers tailored academic assessments to help clients make important decisions about school selection, tuition strategy and resources.

In addition to her school entrance work, Victoria has successfully mentored students through the Oxbridge applications process, and has given dissertation support and in-depth tutorials at undergraduate level.

Victoria has a first class degree in English from Christ Church College, Oxford and went on to RADA to train as a professional actress, subsequently appearing in several theatre and television productions. She remains passionate about both literature and theatre, and is working on her first children’s book.

Contact Victoria – victoria@griffinandbell.com

 

Luke Fowler

Tuition Agent

Luke has worked as a tutor for five years, helping students of all ages from 11+ to undergraduate level. He specialises in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry and is passionate about inspiring an enthusiasm for Science in students and how this can enrich their understanding of the world around them.

Luke holds Masters degrees in both Physics (Warwick) and Systematic Theology (KCL) and is an advocate of interdisciplinary approaches to study. He takes an active interest in research regarding how creative play, sports and video games can benefit the educational process.

In his spare time Luke is a keen musician and composer. His compositions have been performed in the UK and abroad.

Contact Luke luke@griffinandbell.com

 

Abraham Hagos

Client Manager

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Since graduating with First Class Honours in Business & Marketing from Middlesex University in 2013, Abraham has worked with a number of corporations in London. 

Abraham prides himself on achieving outstanding results through hard work and applying himself thoroughly to all challenges.  His experience in demanding client-facing roles has taught him the importance of achieving excellence in any environment in which he operates.

Abraham loves to travel and to read in his spare time along with playing sports and keeping up with the Premier League.

Contact Abraham – abraham@griffinandbell.com