Andrew Bell, born in Scotland in 1753, remembered his schooldays like this: ‘I never went to school without trembling. I could not tell whether I should be flogged or not’.
He became a clergyman and in 1797 published a book, Experiment in Education.
The National School Society was under Bell’s care and supported by the Church of England.
In 1812 a boys’ school, later Bell Street School, was opened in Clarence Street, Landport, Portsmouth.
It was at the back of what today is the Sainsbury’s store and a short road on the south side of Sainsbury’s has been named Andrew Bell Street.