Guardianship of International Students


The majority of UK boarding schools require parents of international students to appoint a UK-based guardian. Some overseas parents have friends or relatives in the UK who are happy to undertake this responsibility, others have no-one to help them. There are many Guardianship companies available that provide students with a secure and caring environment during their stay in the UK. It is beneficial to appoint a guardian who is located close to the school that the child is going to attend. The Guardian will accept legal responsibility for the child, and provides the child with a place to live during school holidays or periods of illness. In addition to this:

  • They should be a 24hr point of contact in an emergency

  • They should be available to accomodate pupils during school holidays, if required

  • Liaise with the school over pastoral matters and keep regular contact with parents

  • Arrange transport from the airport and assist with visa applications if required

  • Manage student's personal allowance and arrange payment of any additional school expenses
AEGIS is the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students. It brings together schools and guardianship organisations to promote the welfare of international students. For more information visit the AEGIS Website

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Looking for a Guardianship company? Please see below



: Ben Hughes
Area Covered
: England
WR14 2BA
Tel. +44(0)1684 252757

Pippa's Guardians
Pippa’s Guardians provides an exclusive Guardianship service for students attending UK boarding schools and whose parents live overseas. Our role is to create a strong working relationship between you as parents, your child, his or her school, and the host family who will be your child’s ‘home away from home’.
We understand that communication across time zones, and in a foreign language, can be stressful for parents. With our support you can be confident that your child is safe and well cared for, that working relationships are strong and that communication is stress-free. We appreciate that concerns can be heightened by distance so we always respond promptly to student and parent needs. Our 24/7 Emergency contact number offers you round the clock peace of mind. We take a genuine interest in the welfare of all the students we look after. Our approach is always to do what we would wish for our children were they studying on the other side of the world. This philosophy means that your son or daughter has someone close at hand with his or her best interests at heart.

Pippa's Guardians


: Charlotte Hamson, Director of Sales & Marketing
Area Covered
: England, Wales & Scotland
Tel. +44(0)1273 835745
Forge House
105 High Street
West Sussex

Bright World Guardianships is the UK's leading provider of care services to UK boarding school and university students. We were established in 2000 and have been fully accredited by AEGIS (The Association for The Education & Guardianship of International Students) since 2006. In March 2017 we gained re-accreditation, achieving 100% in nearly all areas of the re-inspection.
Parents and agents often remark that we are very efficient and easy to work with. We promise a fast response and high standards of service to parents and agents and care to our students. Our excellent host family network makes half terms a pleasure for our students. We are now however thrilled to be able to offer another half term solution for students seeking a fun alternative to a stay in a host family. ‘Relax & Revise’ is our new bespoke course, based in Cambridge, which is designed to match the needs and wants of international students. As well as the option of subject specific 1:1 tuition, we include a number of optional excursions each week. Whether it’s Punting at King’s College or Shopping in London, we have got it covered.


: Siobhan Skaife, Managing Director
Area Covered
: UK
Tel. +44(0)7961 490673
Hampden House, Monument Park
Warpsgrove Lane
OX44 7RW

The Guardian Family Network
The Guardian Family Network Ltd (GNet) was established in 2013, providing invaluable support to international students. We work across the whole of the UK, trusting the 90+ schools we have partnerships with to care for the educational needs of our students. The GNet team are dedicated to communicating in a timely manner, liaising between our partner agencies, schools and homestay families to ensure that our students receive the best academic and pastoral support whilst they are studying in the UK. Our bespoke services include production of financial estimates and statements, payment of school bills and other associated costs, making travel arrangements, assistance with purchasing of school uniforms and handling of day to day issues occurring within normal school life. Our Homestay families are committed to providing a home away from home for their students. We carefully match all of our students' backgrounds, interests and ages to that of their Homestay families, giving them the best chance of stability and happiness while in the UK. All of our Homestay families are personally visited, approved by parents, are DBS checked and live within a 1-hour radius of the school. Settling into a new environment can be even more difficult when those around you do not understand your culture. Homestay families are thoroughly supported through their time with us and have an appreciation of the cultures of the students they are welcoming into their homes. This mutual cultural development of not just the students but of the Homestay families, allows UK families to enjoy and learn about perceptions, traditions and values of other countries.
The safeguarding of our students is of paramount importance to the company. As guardianship is an unregulated industry, it is crucial to choose an agency that is accredited. We are certified members of the Boarding Schools Association and accredited to Gold standard by AEGIS, an independent body working to support all international students at schools in the UK.
Further information can be obtained on our website or by contacting Siobhan Skaife, the Director either via email or by phone 01865 893213 / mobile 07961 490673. Siobhan would be happy to offer a free 30-minute consultation in order to answer any queries or concerns that you may have regarding guardianship or specifically to explain the services that GNet can provide to you as a parent.


: William Hume
Area Covered
: Nationwide
Tel. +44(0)3458 686688
711-715 Wimborne Road

WHG has been family owned and operated since 1991, we speicalise in offering first class guardianship to international students studying in UK day school. We have over 1,000 police-checked and high quality host families and a network of dedicated local guardian within one hour of ever student we are guardians to. We are accredited by AEGIS and all of our staff are trained in safeguarding children. Please contact us to find out about our programmes and services


: Zakiyah Razvi, UK Guardian for International Students
Area Covered
: England & Wales
Tel. +44 (0)207 993 6212
27 Old Gloucester Street

Our aim is to give parents complete peace of mind in the knowledge that their child will be fully supported by Trusted Guardianship. We have a network of welcoming host families and we work hard to make sure that your child is happy and feels secure. 100% of the parents of current students say they would recommend us as guardians.
"I am so lucky to have Zakiyah as my son's guardian in the UK" Janice, parent.
"We were blessed to make the right decision to choose Trusted Guardianship" Amy, parent.
"I was so impressed by the level of commitment, degree of thoroughness and care provided by Trusted Guardianship" Elisa, parent.