Griffin + Bell is named after the guardians of precious things and the symbol of clarity. Oxford graduate Victoria Smith and her husband Matthew founded the company in 2011 with a simple philosophy: ‘Honesty, clarity, inspiration’. They cater for both London families and those who are moving to the UK. Smith offers consultancy and academic assessments to assist with strategy and school selection, and a programme of holiday courses for 11+ and pre-test preparation. Griffin + Bell also finds and introduces qualified teachers to clients who require full homeschooling. ‘Private tutors can be a secret weapon in unlocking enjoyment in [a] subject again,’ says Smith.