UK Boarding Schools for Beginners

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A pre-boarding school summer course will ensure your child is confident and ready to start off on the right foot. Pre-sessional courses are an ideal way to help students settle in quickly or can act as a taster for those considering boarding.

Half-Term Trips 2022/2023

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Discover Dubai 

October Half-Term


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February Half-Term


Activity Holiday in Greece

May Half-Term

With over 450 boarding schools in the UK, choosing the right one for your child can be challenging.
Academic Families are the experts in matching students to schools.


Learn about our process:


For school placements >


To be your guardianship provider >


To become a host family >


From our family to yours...

Lorna Clayton Director of Academic Families

We understand how important it is to find the best partner to support your family during your child’s time at school and we believe our quality service will ensure your child is safe, happy and successful.


Our service starts when we help you select the best boarding school for your child. We then provide the local UK guardian support for each student throughout their UK education.


To find out how we can help your family, please get in touch.


Lorna Clayton, Director

"It may not be difficult to find a professional guardian, but it is not easy to find a guardian who is part of the family like Academic Families. I am very happy with the service provided by Academic Families. Sophie is very professional and capable of handling issues that may arise for international students. She is very responsive and most importantly she is very caring, thoughtful, and loving just like a family. She works very hard to learn what we need and matches our son to lovely hosts. Nowadays we are all facing a tough time due to the Covid 19 pandemic. We are very lucky to have the strong support from Academic Families so that my son is now safe and happy even though he is not able to stay with his parents. Thank you, Sophie.

Jing - Evan's Mother

“My experience with Academic Families over the past 4 years has been exemplary. They have been consistent, professional and we have not had one negative experience. Communication is prompt and their support in ensuring my son arrives safely and departs to school has been excellent. Our primary contact has been Sophie and she has just been wonderful with my son and our family.”

Timothy – Nathan’s father

“Carlene told me how she loved everything about her time at Marie’s. I must say I am truly relieved. Thank you Sophie for the match. I can say, you are the best! It is tough parenting from a distance and you have made it a lot easier. Tell Marie I appreciate it. Lots of Love.”

Harriet – Carlene’s mother

“Thank you all for the services you provide. We especially appreciate how available Sophie is especially during the Covid-19 crisis when Shirlene was on a leave weekend with her host family. She gave us frequent updates, went out of her way to arrange an extra night for Shirlene with her host family and even arranged Shirlene's flights. We are truly grateful. We look forward to our continued relationship with Sophie and with the entire Academic Families family. Ahsanteni sana.”

Charity– Shirlene's mother

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