Your Student
Recruitment Partner

We work with more than 450 schools throughout the UK and support you by identifying matched students who will succeed in your school and also by providing AEGIS and Boarding School Association accredited guardianship for international students.

You may also want to come with us to some emerging markets and attend our in-country education fairs.

How we support schools

Director of Academic Families with Chinese group

School groups coming to the UK

Our team's experience in emerging markets introduces us to many overseas international schools, some of which would like us to organise a UK cultural school group visit including a short stay in a British boarding school. We are always looking for schools with boarding capacity to host these groups. The level of integration varies by school, however, our UK partner schools recognise the opportunity to convert visitors to students.

Academic Families can:

  • arrange for families to visit schools in the UK to help determine which one is best for their child.
  • accompany school visits by arrangement.
  • help increase your student enrolments - year-round or for short term courses.
  • organise visits from individuals or groups.

Contact our team to let us know about your available capacity if you would like to be included in future group visits.

Academic Families have always been friendly and efficient - very easy to work with.

Danny, Housemaster, Merchiston Castle School

Partner with us

Partner with us

We work with more than 450 schools throughout the UK and we are always happy to support schools by recruiting students on your behalf or providing guardianship services.

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

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Schools placement

Would you like to get your school's brand in front of our international audience of students and parents?

We invite our partner schools to submit articles to our blog - free of charge. 

Half term trips

Discover Dubai or London or Best of UK Tour
October Half-Term

Ski in Europe
February Half-Term

Adventure in Greece
May Half-Term

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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