Your Student
Recruitment Partner

We are accredited by BSA as both an agent and guardian. We work with schools throughout the UK and support you by identifying matched students who will succeed in your school and also by providing AEGIS 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 Kazakh student

We make your job easier!

Over the years, we've advised hundreds of families and one thing is for sure - every child is different. That's why we work closely with you to understand which students will fit in best at your school and help you achieve your recruitment and retention goals.

Academic Families will:

  • carefully match individuals or groups to the right UK school and only send you the most suitable candidates.
  • help increase your student enrolments - year-round or for short term courses.
  • introduce your school to families in emerging markets.
  • include your school as part of overseas schools' UK trip itineraries.
  • find and manage host families for you.
  • be your trusted guardianship partner from a student's first day till their last.
  • make sure your international students excel academically.
  • organise cultural and activity half term trips and revision courses for students who don't go home during term breaks and holidays.

I am always so impressed with the professionalism of Academic Families.

Every member of staff I have had interactions with is on the same wavelength as I am with regard to the focus being on the safety and wellbeing of the pupils, and they have the knowledge and experience to deliver time after time.

They 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.

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Schools placement

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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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