Arnold School Cherished Teacher Fondly Remembered

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Andrew Bell, a cherished former teacher at Arnold School.

Andrew Bell joined Arnold in September 1972 as a highly qualified, outstanding mathematician who taught up to Further Maths and scholarship level. He introduced and ran the Maths Challenges, travelling across the country for various UKMT events, even after retirement. He was also a First Form (Year 7) tutor throughout his career at Arnold, Head of Howarths for several years and an unofficial school photographer.

Kendall Lee, Head of Geography at Arnold and former president of the Common Room paid tribute on the Arnold Memories Facebook page, describing Andrew as “a kind a generous man. Passionate about his photography, steam engines and maths and the many children he taught”.

Kendall further recollected, “I had the privilege of spending a few hours in his company a few weeks ago. We walked under a railway bridge and he told me the time the steam train would be passing over! He helped me in so many ways, often small but significant over the years. He collected used stamps for Tanzania which he auctioned and although small sums made, they added up to hundreds over the years… …A true Mr Chips in the finest tradition, taken before his time and endeared by so many”.

Described by Paul McMahon (former head of Maths) as a “true gentleman, caring, kind, helpful, honest, reliable, sharp of mind, quick witted, highly intelligent”, noting he was a “dedicated husband to Katrina and father to Jennifer and Katherine. He was blessed with a strong Christian faith and knew the value of service in his community. He served for a while as Parish Councillor and worked tirelessly to serve his church and village community. He also found time to indulge in his many hobbies – trains, photography, stamps, birds and, latterly, gardening”. Concluding, “Andrew has left his family and friends with so many happy memories but how we wish he was still with us”.

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