Fully accredited by both AEGIS and the British Boarding School Association (BSA), we support international students throughout their time at UK boarding schools.
Most UK boarding schools require their international students to have a nominated educational guardian to provide additional care outside of school term times.
Academic Families has exceeded the highest standards required for our AEGIS and BSA accreditation. This means that you can have complete trust in us to always deliver our premium guardianship service.
We have the experience to know how to manage any situation and we treat each student individually – no one gets lost in the shuffle.
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.
We provide a range of services aimed at ensuring your child has all the support he or she requires. In consultation with you, we will tailor a suitable programme depending on the level of service you choose.
Our screened host families provide a caring family home when your child is on mini breaks from school and offer a wonderful opportunity for UK cultural immersion.
We keep in regular contact with your child when he or she is in the UK to make sure he or she is safe and happy at all times.
We assist with shopping for essentials such as a school uniform, mobile, laptop, etc.
You receive full 24/7 emergency support whenever needed.
We work hard to help your child settle into school academically and culturally.
We also support you to understand the UK and the boarding school education system.
Our staff can attend school progress meetings (Parents' Meetings), send reports and follow up on any issues required.
We support your child at special school events such as a school play or sports matches. We will cheer them on and share in their achievements!
Our team is especially good at organising birthday cakes, flowers, helium balloons, and other personal gifts and little surprises.
We look after your child’s best interests while at school, lend a helping hand when needed, or listen to their feedback when they need to talk to someone.
We also provide assistance finding an academic tutor or revision course before exams.
We are experts at arranging airport Meet & Greet and transfers to and from your child’s school with security-screened taxi drivers.
We offer Airport Assistance such as an escort through the airport, passport control, baggage and changing terminals. We are by your child's side from the plane door to your transfer flight or taxi.
You'll receive our invaluable support in the case of flight disruptions or cancellations.
We're happy to help you when you come to visit your child in the UK.
We offer advice and support if your child is taking English language courses prior to starting school or during term breaks.
During longer holidays, students can stay with hosts in other locations so they visit as much of the UK as possible.
Students can join one of our bespoke cultural and activity half term trips.
We can also help arrange revision courses and work placements as required.
Most of our host families maintain their strong relationships with their international students when they leave school and go on to university – like the best families, we become friends for life.
Some children are hoping to advance to university in the UK. We can also offer support and advice here, too.
Choosing the best university course can be overwhelming for most students - their boarding school will help them and our university advisors can work with you to support your child. We can also help draft their personal statement and get ready for interviews.
Here at Academic Families, we look after hundreds of children a year, and no matter what surprises pop up, we always manage to resolve a situation quickly and effectively.
Looking for an example?
Meet 17 year old Akshay.
His travel arrangements were made in plenty of time and he knew when he was being collected from school. His bags were packed and his boarding passes printed. Everything seemed pretty straightforward, until Akshay tried to check in at the airport.
To his great surprise, Akshay was denied boarding because his British passport had only 4 month's validity. He panicked - he had now run out of cash, phone credit and soon battery! He called his mum who first thought she would have to fly over to the UK to organise his new passport. Luckily, his mum called us.
The Academic Families team immediately sprang into action:
Akshay's crisp new passport was approved at the border, and he was on his way home to his incredibly grateful parents – all sorted in less than 24 hours!
In all our years of running Academic Families, we have never met a problem we couldn't solve!
Our guardians, host families and staff are dedicated to supporting students from around the world – helping them to settle into their British boarding school and enjoy their home away from home in Great Britain.
With strong roots in guardianship and education, our team can support you and your child to ensure their education and cultural experience in the UK is the best for them.
“Academic Families provide a guardianship service of the highest calibre for students and their families. Their knowledgeable and experienced staff provide exemplary pastoral and academic support to help ensure that students are extremely well looked after, and achieve to the best of their ability.”
AEGIS Lead Inspector
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