Why do I need a guardian?

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Why do I need a guardian?

Most independent schools will only offer an international student a place if they have a UK-based guardian. The guardian  will act as your representative and support your child while they are in the UK.

Beyond the school requirement, there are plenty of reasons why international students need a guardian. We’ve put together ten below.

1.  Guardians arrange host families

Students stay with host families during holidays and leave-out or exeat weekends when the student can’t go home.

The experienced team at Academic Families will find a host family to best suit your child and will provide a home away from home. Students benefit by spending time with a local family, learning and experiencing another cultural environment and joining in family life.

2.  Travel arrangements

Your guardianship company will arrange all your child’s transportation within the UK.

This will include taxis to and from the airport with a taxi company whose drivers have gone through complete police checks.

3.  Point of contact

Guardians are the vital point of contact for the school concerning the student’s non-school time in the UK. For example, during holidays, leave weekends and emergencies where the student is unable to return home.

4.  Monitor student’s progress

Guardians take an interest in a student’s work and progress and monitor academic and social development. Guardians will have regular contact with the student throughout the year. Host families often notice if the child is not happy and tell the guardians who then liaise with the school.

5.  Parents’ meetings

Guardians can attend parent meetings and send a report back to parents.

6.  Shopping

Guardians can set up bank accounts, buy phone cards and help with uniform shopping prior to the student arriving in the UK.

7.  Advice on exams

A guardian can give help and advice over examination choices and university selection, including assistance with the completion of application forms. Some guardians, like Academic Families, also offer extra academic support like one-on-one tutors.

8.  24/7 availability

A guardian will be available to both students and parents 24 hours a day in case of emergency.

9.  Summer camps and language schools

Guardian companies can arrange for international students to attend summer programmes and language schools during the holidays.

10.  Emergency host family

If a student is suspended from school for a few days or even weeks, guardianship companies will arrange for an emergency host family. In addition, they will attend meetings with the school to see how the school and student can move forward.

About Academic Families

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.

For more information on our guardianship services please contact us any time.

This article appears in the following categories  Guardianship

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