Choosing the Best Boarding School

We match students from across the world to the best
British boarding schools.

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UK education experts

We help families from all over the world find the best school for each child. Our support extends from short term courses to summer schools, and all the way through to one or several years at a UK boarding school and then on to university.

Whatever educational experience you are looking for in the UK, we can help you.

We work with over 450 schools across the UK

If you are considering a UK education then let us share our experience and knowledge to help you choose the best school in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Our AEGIS and BSA accredited guardianship also extends across the UK, so your child has full support wherever they are enrolled.

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The right boarding school for your child

If your child has a special talent or interest, we’ll know which school can develop their full potential.

For example, there are many schools that specialise in sport, science, tech, medicine, music, art, dance or drama - and each one has different levels of academics and teaching styles. Some even have specialist medical or engineering introduction programmes to expose and prepare students to their dream profession.

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Getting to know you and your child

It’s best to begin looking for a school about 18 months before enrolment, but late applications can still be placed.

Your first step is to contact us so we can begin learning more about what you are looking for, and then create a customised plan just for you.

Full support from start to finish

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How is Academic Families different?

We work on behalf of the families and students. Unlike many international student recruitment agencies, we don’t represent certain schools. Instead, Academic Families has deep knowledge and experience with a huge variety of schools across the UK. In fact, we work with over 450 schools!

Our first step is to get to know the student. Then we can provide you with a selection of schools we feel would be the best match for your child.

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Quality you can trust

Academic Families has both personal and professional experience with boarding schools which extends back to our days when some of our staff were students, all the way through to sending our own children to UK boarding schools.

Most of us are mothers and have also lived overseas, so we understand how important it is to find the very best education for every child no matter where that might be in the world.

Many members of our team have also taught in boarding schools and managed international schools abroad. Today, we regularly visit hundreds of schools across the country and we look after international student boarders throughout the UK.

Our excellent knowledge of the UK education system and agents' qualifications from the British Council means we understand UK boarding education from the inside and out, and know how to match the right school to your child.

In addition, our guardianship service is fully accredited by AEGIS (the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students) so you know your child will have the best local support anywhere in the UK.


Why boarding school?

British boarding schools offer incredible benefits for your child including:

  • Safe environment
  • Quality education
  • An investment in your child's future
  • A pathway into a top university
  • Stability
  • Personal development

Guardianship services while your child is in the UK


Getting into a UK school is only the first step; looking after international students while they are here is just as crucial.

If your child is under the age of 16, UK regulations require you to appoint a guardian while they are here. You need a guardian, regardless of whether your child is staying at the school or with a host family.

Academic Families provides both guardianship care and host family services so we can support you and your child properly.

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