What is a guardian family and why does my child need one?

All British boarding schools insist that any pupil whose parents are resident outside the UK has a UK-based guardian, appointed by their parents, to act as the local in-country contact in case of emergency and to ensure that the child is well cared for at exeat weekends and half term holidays, if they are not planning to return home. A guardian family provides a much needed break from the hectic school routine at exeat weekends and half term holidays, with a welcome change of scene – a home-from-home where warm, long-lasting friendships are created. Having a supportive and caring family who will take an interest in your child’s wellbeing will offer you reassurance that they are safe, well cared for and happy.

The Guardian Family Network guardian families are professional people who have current or past experience of education. We have a policy of one overseas child with one family so you can rest assured that the family will give your child the support that they need in order to achieve their full potential whilst studying in the UK. Guardians will attend parents’ evenings on your behalf, watch your child play in music concerts or sports matches and keep in regular contact with both you and your child so they can act quickly should any concern or issue arise. Your child will remain with the same guardian family throughout their time with us, meaning long-lasting, trusting relationships will grow as they progress through their time at school. Indeed many children come to see their guardian as their ‘English’ family.

If you are interested in registering your child or would like to apply for our guardianship services, please complete the relevant form and we will be in touch soon.

“We have worked with the Guardian Family Network over the last year and have found them to be very efficient and helpful. Guardians were set up and organised in good time for holidays and this information was communicated well with us.”

April Callow, All Hallow’s School

“She knows and cares for the pupils she represents and certainly acts with their best interests at heart.  This has led to a great working relationship, which is built on a solid foundation of trust from the parent, school and pupil”.

Mr Mike Milne (Head of Michael Dobson Sixth Form Boarding, Trinity School, Teignmouth)
"They understand how a boarding prep school works and we can rely totally on them relaying information to parents and responding to our requests. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.”

Sue Cooper, Headmaster’s PA, Ashdown House school