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 can 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.
  • All our students have their own room in their host family’s home and do not have to share with another student unless by prior agreement.

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.

Zakiyah is an excellent guardian. She cares about the students under her guardianship and does her very best to support them. She is very kind.
She communicates with me exceptionally well and is happy to take calls to talk through issues. She also responds to emails quickly.
She understands and is sensitive to the needs of International Students.
She understands teenage children and takes her role in ‘parenting them’ seriously.

Justine Christie
Head of Boarding House, Ipswich School

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