Education Guardianship

Education Guardians act as a link between parents and the child's school. This offers the parents the peace of mind and security in the knowledge that there is someone in the UK to help out. Guardians offer their help from the first day of the students stay in the UK and throughout their whole study period. The Education Guardian may also act as the parent's representative in the UK, making decisions on specific matters when it is not possible or convenient for the parent to do so.

Education Guardians – whether an individual or a family – have a responsibility to support the students in their care in ways that help them to thrive and make the most of their time at a UK boarding school. They provide a home from home, where the student can go at exeat (leave) weekends or other weekends by arrangement with the school, and during half-term and other school holidays.

The guardian acts as a link for the student: someone who will take an interest in their work and progress, who will attend parents’ meetings (and report back to parents abroad afterwards), and generally monitor the academic and social development of the students in their care.

They are also a vital point of contact for the school – for example, in an emergency where a student falls ill and needs to be away from school for a time, and is unable to return home. The guardian will be expected to help out with medical and possibly insurance arrangements, and to keep in close touch with the school.

The guardian will also be someone with whom the student can get in touch at any time, whether to talk about a problem that may have arisen, or simply to discuss travel arrangements, for example, for the end of term, when a student may stay overnight with a guardian before the long journey home. Above all, the guardian will do everything possible, as will the school, to safeguard and promote the student’s welfare, and this alone should help to set parents’ minds at rest.

Cheltenham School

Cheltenham School