What Is Guardianship For International Children At Boarding School
British boarding schools have a worldwide reputation for excellence. Not only in terms of academic achievement, but also through offering breadth of extra-curricular opportunities, nurturing independence, developing leadership skills as well as cultural and social awareness.
Having chosen to invest in this wonderful opportunity for your child you will, I am certain, want to ensure they make the most of it. You will wish to be in no doubt that they are working hard, making good progress in their studies, making the right academic choices to lead to a successful future career, optimising their involvement in extra-curricular activities to broaden their horizons, making friends, remaining safe, well cared for and happy.
It is often quite a concern to parents how they will monitor their child’s progress and well-being when they live overseas. Engaging the services of a company which provides Guardianship Services means parents feel reassured that there is a trustworthy, professional organisation, coupled with an English guardian family close to the school, who collectively provide a support structure, which works closely with parents and the school, to ensure that your child will prosper.
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. If your child requires a visa to study at boarding school in the UK, you will also need to submit the details of your UK guardian arrangements with the visa application form.
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.
English guardian families are usually professional people who have current or past experience of independent education. In addition to having your child to stay with them at exeats and half term holidays, they 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.
Are you a UK-Based family and interested in acting as guardian to an international pupil at boarding school?
THE GUARDIAN FAMILY NETWORK
Friendly, supportive and reliable British families who care for international children at UK boarding schools.