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Best Schools Guardianship Service

International parents will usually need to appoint a guardian locally for their child(ren) and MOST schools will NOT perform this service. If you need help in finding a trustworthy guardian close to your chosen school, please ask us for recommendations.

What is a Guardian?

An adult or company in the UK who is appointed by a parent to be their representative while their child studies here. There is no UK law that relates to international students at UK boarding schools however, in order to satisfy Tier 4 Visa regulations, the majority of UK Boarding Schools and Colleges insist on guardianship for all their international students. UK Universities also ask that a UK based guardian is appointed if a student is under the age of 18.  

This role is often undertaken by a professional guardianship organisation who will arrange for safe transport and accommodation during school holidays and be there in an emergency situation on behalf of parents.

Guardianship Services

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Guardians often perform the following services:

• Liaising with school on academic or pastoral problems

• 24 hour emergency assistance

• Airport transfers and travel to and from host families

• Host Family stay before or after terms and during school holidays

• Accompanying child to dentist, doctor or optician

•  Attending Parents Evenings

There are numerous guardianship companies with differing reputations and offering variable degrees of service. We can introduce you to some trustworthy firms to discuss your requirements

One such company is Bright World Guardianships, recognised by all UK Boarding Schools and Universities. They offer a comprehensive range of guardianship services for children attending UK boarding schools and universities. 

So how does it work?

Best-schools.co.uk will put you in touch with some Guardianship companies operating in the area near your target school. These are all independent experienced firms and they are not owned by us. They will contact you immediately to explain their services and terms. There is no obligation on you until you decide to retain their services. Just complete some simple contact details (note that fields marked * are mandatory)