Settling in quickly and effectively

We can help ensure your child is well prepared for boarding school in Britain so they confidently and quickly settle in, making the most of new opportunities and meeting new friends.

How we support parents

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Settling in at your British boarding school

You’ve probably wondered how to make sure your child will be safe and thrive in the UK while you aren’t with them. Your child’s safety, wellbeing and happiness are priorities for everyone involved in their education.

Whatever our role and expertise, we’re all working together to keep your child safe and secure and provide an environment and support network where they can do well and grow.

We offer a variety of support programmes from medical to academic to emergencies.

Medical care and wellbeing while at school in the UK

Your child’s health is as important to everyone looking after them in the UK as it is to you.

During the school term, medical consultations with the school nurse and doctor will be organised by boarding house staff if your child is unwell. If more specialist medical care is required, the school will contact you and Academic Families to arrange National Health Service (NHS) treatment.

Your child can access NHS care free of charge at the point of delivery either because they are entitled to it as a European national, or because you have paid the International Health Surcharge with their Child Student visa.

If your child is ill during a holiday, the host family will advise Academic Families and arrange consultation with a pharmacist or NHS doctor as required. We will always try to contact you as soon as possible.

Most dental, orthodontic, physiotherapy and ophthalmic treatment can be arranged privately.

Academic support for students in the UK

Academic Families can help students ensure they achieve their best while at a UK boarding school. We are happy to offer recommendations or book a service on your behalf.


Prep courses prior to the start of year

Tutors for one-on-one support

English language courses to strengthen skills and build confidence

Exam revision courses for a variety of subjects

Attend parent meetings on your behalf

Manage feedback and reports from parents meetings

What to do when... ?

Academic Families offers support 24 hours a day, 7 seven days a week, year-round.

Full Support

Basic Coverage

Emergency Care

During school breaks

When going to school in the UK, there are various breaks throughout the year, such as half term and end of term, or even just normal weekends. At these times, students might return home to you or stay with their host family.

Let us know what your preference is and we can accommodate your wishes.

In a crisis

We’ve worked in international education for many years now and we’ve seen it all. Despite meticulous planning, things can suddenly take a turn for the worse or catch you by surprise.

We’ve resolved all kinds of issues from expired passports to medical emergencies. Whatever the situation is, we’re there in a flash.

We also offer emergency guardianship coverage for extra protection to guarantee our support and assistance. Contact us to learn more about how to protect your child 24/7.

What do our students say?

See what our students say about settling in to life at boarding school and how Academic Families helped along the way.


I highly recommend Academic Families as a great option for the care of your children in Edinburgh.

All the staff always provided the best service for my son - they solved any issues, they were always aware of what was happening with my son, offering him not only their services but also their love and their time.

I do not know what I would have done without them. What a great team!

Karinna, parent of 15 year old son, Mexico

Have a question?

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Choosing the best education for your child leads many families to consider British schools and universities. However, it is not an easy decision to make.

Our team works hard to understand the needs and strengths of your child and match them to the UK boarding school best suited to their needs.

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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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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