AEGIS and BSA Guardianship

The better we know you, the easier it is to recommend you.

We enjoy caring for all overseas students not only those we place so include us on your list of recommended guardians and we'll do the rest!

We're AEGIS and BSA accredited so you can be confident your students have the best support they require.

How we support schools

Lorna Clayton, Director of Academic Families

Your guardianship provider in the UK

Academic Families is the preferred guardianship provider for hundreds of international students at UK boarding schools.

  • We are fully accredited by AEGIS (Association for the Education and Guardianship of Internal Students) and BSA (Boarding Schools Association).
  • Our dedicated staff of employees treat the students as if they were their own.
  • We have enough experience to know how to manage any situation, and we can still treat each student individually – no one gets lost in the shuffle.
  • Based in Edinburgh and with local area managers throughout the UK, we’re here on the ground to resolve situations immediately.

Multiple levels of guardianship support

Full Support

Basic Coverage

Emergency Care

Academic Families are a very friendly and helpful organisation who I have found to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to help find the right solution.

They communicate well with schools, parents and pupils, and they take a genuine interest in the whole person so that they can best support and nurture the young people in their care.

Freddie, 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.

We're here when you can't be

Learn how we support each of our partners and clients every day, all year round.





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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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