Who looks after my child while they’re studying in the UK?

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Who looks after my child while they’re studying in the UK?

It’s one of the most common questions parents whose children are coming to boarding school in the UK. 

Living and studying away from home is an excellent opportunity to broaden your child’s horizons, boost their independence and encourage them to reach their full potential. Just like you, we all want to make sure your child is safe, happy and successful.

We’ve put together a brief summary of the key roles and responsibilities of everyone involved in looking after your child while they’re studying in the UK. 

Academic Families

As your child’s guardian when they’re in the UK, Academic Families provides dedicated, expert care and support when you aren’t here. During school holidays, half-term breaks or weekend exeats we have what’s called “delegated parental responsibility”. Our agreement with you allows us to act on your behalf in any situation, including emergencies. Rest assured, your child is in safe hands.

Over the years, Academic Families has helped hundreds of children make the most of their time studying in the UK. We’ve had many glowing reports too, from parents, schools and our host families. Our experienced team work closely with everyone who cares for your child, including:

From travel to airport assistance, homestays with our carefully selected host families to cultural trips during school term breaks, the Academic Families team takes care of essential arrangements down to the smallest detail, offering you total peace of mind.  Our expert services include:


The boarding school you’ve chosen will be where your child lives and studies during the school term. Your child’s school is responsible for their care, welfare and academic progress, and acts “in loco parentis”, which means they deal with all parental responsibilities on your behalf. You can expect a school to:

Whenever your child is away from school during a break or holiday or travelling, Academic Families will provide care and support and be your point of contact.

Hosts, Homestay & Your Child’s UK Family

Being at school is a vital part of your child’s UK education, but a change of scene is also important. When your child has a break from school they can enjoy a homestay with one of our carefully matched host families where they can relax, have fun and enjoy UK family life and culture. Some schools let students continue boarding during these weekends but we always recommend a change of scene, especially to broaden your child’s experience of UK culture through a local family.

Specially selected by Academic Families, each exceptional host offers an outstanding level of day-to-day care, attention and support, going the extra mile to help your child feel at home. We always do our best to match your child‘s interests with their host’s interests so they have plenty of things in common. That’s why our registration form and phone conversations are so important before we start matching.

You can expect your child’s host to:

Interested in sending your child to a UK boarding school?

Academic Families would be happy to help you with the school selection and admissions process as well as provide guardianship for your child once they’re at boarding school in the UK.

Contact us today!

This article appears in the following categories  Boarding School Life, Guardianship, Host Families

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