UK Guardian for International Students at Boarding School

Boarding schools require the parents of overseas pupils to appoint a UK guardian who will be a 24 hour point of contact for student, parents and school.

A guardian takes responsibility for any situations outside the remit of the school. These may include logistical arrangements such as host families and transport, in addition to emergencies such as accidents or illness.

Trusted Guardianship offers a personalised guardianship service, providing full support to both parent and child.

We understand the concerns of parents sending a child to boarding school in the UK. We will support you with practical issues such as booking accommodation and transport, and endeavour to meet you if you are accompanying your child to school or visiting the school.

As educational guardian, we act as an intermediary between parents and school. We can provide additional explanations or guidance to parents who are not familiar with the British system or with the English language.

As a first contact for the school, we represent parents whenever appropriate. We consult with House staff over pastoral issues or with academic staff over educational issues, and will attend as soon as possible if requested to do so for any reason.

Our aim is to give parents complete peace of mind, knowing that their child will be fully supported while at boarding school and while with their host family.

We do our best to make sure that your child is happy and feels secure in our care. We are proud that 100% of the parents of current students say they would recommend us as guardians.

We understand that a British education is a substantial investment for parents, and we do our best to keep additional expenses to a minimum. Host family stays and transport are invoiced to parents at cost, and we always arrange shared transport whenever possible.

For families who do not need full guardianship, we offer Basic Guardianship. This satisfies the statutory requirement for a UK guardian who is the 24 hour point of contact for school, pupil and parents in an emergency.

I was so impressed by the level of commitment, degree of thoroughness and care provided by “Trusted Guardianship” to my son during the years of his study in Bishop’s Stortford College.

With kind regards,
Elisa Tso
Parent of guardianship student

Why choose Trusted Guardianship?

What makes us different from other guardianship companies?

  • You will be welcome to message your child’s guardian directly whenever you like. We are available on the following apps: Line, Messenger, Telegram, Viber, WeChat and WhatsApp.
  • We have direct personal experience of being a boarder in a boarding school, staying with host families, and being parents of children studying overseas.
  • If you are travelling to the UK, we will be pleased to meet you in person if possible and arrange for you to meet your child’s host family.
  • If children are travelling alone to the UK, we will try to arrange for them to meet their host family before the first exeat weekend, so that they know what to expect when they stay for the first time.
  • 100% of current students have their own room in their host family’s home and do not have to share with another student.

Zakiyah is a very friendly, caring and responsible person. Always near, in any moment will give you great advice and will help in action. She solves questions so quickly that you think they never existed in the first place. After four months, I am absolutely sure that my son and I are very lucky to have met her.

Natalia Rumyantsev
Parent of guardianship student

Your Child’s UK Guardian:

Zakiyah Razvi MA (Cambridge University), Dip Trans (Chartered Institute of Linguists)

I was a pupil at two boarding schools, namely Dover College and Roedean School, before moving on to Cambridge University to study Modern Languages.

Additionally I pursued further studies at other educational institutions including the Goethe Institute (Schwäbisch Hall, Germany), the British Institute (Florence, Italy), University of Vienna (Austria), National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico), Rutgers University (USA), and School of Oriental and African Studies (UK).

As a former boarder myself, who has personal experience of staying with host families, I am well-placed to advise students on any issue related to boarding school. I am also the parent of two children who studied overseas, therefore I understand how parents feel, and always do my best to support the parents of guardianship students.

I am so lucky to have Zakiyah as my son’s guardian in the UK. Zakiyah is caring and responsible. During every school holiday, Trusted Guardianship helps to find some suitable accommodation for my son, and that really puts me at ease. Also Zakiyah always informs me timely on how my son is doing at school. Trusted Guardianship is trust-worthy for all the parents.

Janice Law
Parent of guardianship student

Contact us for help and advice if you are considering sending your child to boarding school in the UK.

After my son Harry made up his mind to further his study in the United Kingdom in December 2016, one of the difficult tasks we had to tackle was to look for a reliable and trustworthy guardian company and host family for him. Just as what we experienced in finding the boarding schools, we spent quite a lot of time on searching information online, getting in touch with those companies during School Expo in Hong Kong, asking for advice from friends, making comparisons between different aspects of different companies etc. as we know clearly how important it is for a good guardian company to provide support necessary to us. At the end we were blessed to make the right decision to choose Trusted Guardianship. It is not only because the fee charged by the company is reasonable when compared with others, but more importantly, it is Zakiyah who can give us confidence from the beginning when I got contact with her. She is always so helpful, thoughtful and patient to deal with my enquiry and offer her assistance to us when we are in need. In addition, she tried her best to meet our requests made concerning the selection of the host family and finally found one that my son liked very much. The part that impressed me most was that Zakiyah took an initiative to facilitate communication between Harry and other students from Hong Kong before the start of school term and this arrangement did help Harry a great deal in adapting to the school life in the United Kingdom. Therefore we would like to take this opportunity to show our gratitude and appreciation to Trusted Guardianship and Zakiyah for helping my son to settle well in UK!

Amy Ling
Parent of guardianship student

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