Supporting your child in the UK

Our AEGIS Gold and Boarding School Association (BSA) accredited guardianship can help provide local support for your child during their British education, ensuring they're safe, happy and successful.  Our accredited guardianship supports students from over 40 countries.

How we support parents

Lorna Clayton, Director of Academic Families

Keeping your child safe in the UK

During their schooling, your child will need your support but they will also need someone on the ground locally to help out. By choosing us as your partner, you can relax knowing that we will be there in an instant to help out.

Think of us as the link between you, your child's boarding school, the boarding housemaster, and the host families they stay with during school breaks and holidays.

We take care of all the essential details and help your child to make the most of this wonderful opportunity to study in the UK. Every step of the way, you can rely on us to look after your child on your behalf. Like you, we want to ensure everything goes smoothly while they're living and studying in the UK.

Your guardianship provider in the UK

Our extensive experience and personalised service has made Academic Families the preferred guardianship provider for hundreds of international students at UK boarding schools.

  • We’re the only Scottish provider that is fully accredited by AEGIS (Association for the Education and Guardianship of Internal Students) and BSA (Boarding Schools Association).
  • We have enough experience to know how to manage any situation, and we treat each student individually.
  • Our dedicated team has decades of experience working in and with boarding schools.
  • We're connected with over 450 top boarding schools throughout the UK.
  • Headquartered in Edinburgh and with local staff spread out across the UK, we are here on the ground to resolve situations immediately.

Is your child under 18 years old?


Most UK boarding schools require all their international students, including 18-year-olds, to have an appointed guardian until their 18th birthday.

We offer a wide variety of services to handle everything a student needs.

We have the experience to know how to manage any situation and we treat each student individually – no one gets lost in the shuffle.

Multiple levels of support across the UK

Academic Families offers continuous support from the idea of going to boarding school in the UK to the day your child graduates.

Our UK-wide local support covers the basics plus all emergencies and we’re here round the clock. Since we started our business in 2012, we have never found a problem we couldn't resolve!

Full Support

Basic Coverage

Emergency Care

"We are very lucky to have chosen Academic Families as our guardian. They are very responsive and responsible.

Although we are thousands of miles away from the school and from our son, we feel very assured. They have worked very hard to match us with a good host with a similar background to our family so that our son feels quite at home, which eases his nerves and makes his days in the UK a lot easier and happier.

The team are experienced and always think ahead. Any of our requests are well addressed and they are very capable of handling problems. I strongly recommend Academic Families as your guardian for children in UK schools."

Jing, parent of 15 year old son, China

Why do I need a guardian?

Although you might think that boarding school staff, host families or friends living nearby can act as a guardian, there are many situations that require a professional.

For example, Academic Families has local staff across the UK and are on-hand 24 hours a day, 365 days a year so we can quickly fix problems such as getting stuck in the airport or even simply running out of cash while in town or on a school trip.

As the days go by, we're also here to make sure your child settles well into boarding school life and adjusts academically. From attending parent meetings to acquiring tutors, as your appointed guardian we can take care of everything and anything your child needs.

Have a question?

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You'll probably have many questions about the exciting times that lie ahead. We are here to reassure you and support your decision to educate your child in the UK.

Message us via Live Chat or complete our enquiry form and one of our team members will contact you whenever you prefer.

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Looking after your child in British education

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Finding the best education for your child leads many families to consider British schools and universities. While your child is in the UK, he or she will need local support.

Choose your guardian carefully to be sure you have the best support to help your child fit in quickly and adjust both academically and culturally.

Our team is on hand 24/7 to support you and your child throughout their time in the UK.

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Quality you can trust

Academic Families has personal and professional experience with boarding schools. Many of our staff attended boarding schools themselves when they were young or have worked in them. We have all lived overseas and most of us are mothers, 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.

From our headquarters in Edinburgh to our local staff across the UK, our team regularly visits hundreds of British schools. Our excellent knowledge of the UK education system, accreditation by the Boarding School Association (BSA) and certification from the British Council means we understand UK boarding education from the inside and out, and know how to ensure the best education for each child.

In addition, our guardianship service has been Gold accredited by AEGIS (the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students) since 2016 and also by the BSA, so you know, with Academic Families, you're guaranteed to have the best local support anywhere in the UK.

Moreover, our team are trained MHFA Mental Health First Aiders so we are qualified to support our students with any wellbeing and mental health concerns.


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