Excelling in Educational Guardianship.

committed to safeguarding

individualised care

happy students

Places now available for 2022.

We have a limited number of places available for the 2022 Academic Year, such is the popularity of YES Guardians and their services we anticipate these to fill up quickly.

Come and join the many happy students and parents across the UK and become part of the YES Family and enquire today, and either Marc or Hayley will get back to you right away.








AEGIS Accreditation

As there is no current legislation, parents and schools should be sure to trust their Guardian. As ultimately they are responsible for their students/loved ones whilst here in the UK. We have worked very hard to ensure we are AEGIS accredited – meaning we have been thoroughly, and impartially audited as an approved Guardianship service.

AEGIS is the Association for the Education & Guardianship for International Students.

Their framework, and approval offers peace of mind that by choosing us, you have the stamp of approval from an ISI Trained inspector.

University and College Students

YES Guardians recognise that students starting university or college have different needs. With students and parents alike needing that Peace of Mind while their loved ones find their feet in the next chapter of their educational and life skills journey.

We offer an excellent value for money Guardianship package for independent students from only £225 a term, satisfying the Universities requirements for Guardianship, and as well as the secure knowledge that an AEGIS accredited Guardian is there for your son or daughter 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Working with Agents

YES Guardians fully recognise the importance of Agents, and actively encourage links between Agents of any size, from any country base to provide the best possible experience for any student under our Guardianship whilst in the UK.

We are happy working with Agents, and their established Client processes, whether you are working as an Introductory Agent, or you would like us to liaise with you on behalf of the parents.

We pride ourselves on having a positive working relationship with any Agents, and we will always keep you updated on any information relating to our services, promptly and professionally.

By partnering with us you will benefit from a single contact point with one of our directors. We will carefully and continuously monitor how satisfied our partner agents are with our work, striving to ensure consistently high service levels. We always welcome feedback and actively pursue ways to make our relationship even more rewarding. If you’d like to receive a copy of our agent referral policy please email hello@yesguardians.co.uk. 

What is an Educational Guardianship?

An educational guardian is a requirement for international students under 18 years of age studying in the UK. Although, there is no UK law that relates to international students at UK boarding schools, in order to satisfy UKVI (The UK Visa & Immigration) regulations and meet safeguarding standards, the majority of UK boarding schools and colleges insist upon it. At YES Guardians we offer individualised guardianship packages tailored to the students individual, welfare and educational needs.

Once appointed, the guardian or guardianship organisation is responsible for the student whilst in the UK and when the school might be closed. Guardians also step in in the event of an emergency.

Happy & safe students are our priority, and this is where YES Guardians can help you achieve peace of mind about your children while they study here in the UK.


about us.

YES Guardians are an independent small friendly family run business offering the extra personal touch.

We pride ourselves on offering individualised care packages for every one of our students; whether that be a 24/7 guardianship service for an independent student, to a full home from home package, hosting students in our home and living as part of our family unit.

We have 7 years experience in hosting international students from all over the world. We are very proud of our catalogue of extensive positive feedback from our students and are always committed to their welfare and making sure their stay is a fun, positive and enriching experience.

We work very closely with our students and their families to ensure that personal needs are met to the highest standards.

We will always go the extra mile for our students whether that’s organising birthday celebrations or celebrating a special cultural occasion such as Chinese New Year.

We have a YES families WhatsApp group that all our students are invited to join in for general chit chat, support or guidance in whatever is required.


Our focus is you

Everything we provide is fully personable to meet your requirements. If you cant find what you need please contact us and we will help tailor a package just for you.

The minimum requirement to satisfy Tier 4 Visa regulations to study in the UK.

All students have access to a 24/7 emergency support.

Access to WhatsApp group for help, advice, support or general chit chat.

Perfect for independent students or students starting university.

Host Families

We choose nurturing, supportive host families close to the students school.

All of our host families are carefully choosen, with DBS and safeguarding training.

Travel arrangements to and from host families is all taken care of.

Have fun and relax with your host family at Exeat weekends and half terms.

Academic and Emotional Support

We provide full academic monitoring & support.

We can be the main point of contact between the school and parents.
We can receive news letters and reports, translating these and sending them on to parents.

We are able to attend parents evenings and school meetings as required and represent the parents.

Full feedback is always provided for the parents.

Live with us! Day Boarding

Perfect for students who are looking for home from home accommodation.

Fully inclusive package, we will take care of everything from school liaison, accommodation, food, laundry, clubs, weekend activities, travel and much more.

Enjoy all the comforts of a warm & welcoming home, from the chance of a lazy morning, a game on the XBox or a trip to the cinema.


Our team.

We aren't an agency, and have over 7 years experience of working with students from overseas studying here in Cheltenham.

Yes, we are also a real husband and wife and have both worked for the NHS for a combined total of nearly 25 years.

We are now combining our caring nature with our extensive experience of working with young people from overseas and the UK - and from this knowledge and drive - YES Guardians is now born.
Hayley Harris

Safeguarding Lead

Marc Harris

Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Hayley graduated from The University of Birmingham in 2007 and has since worked as a senior children’s nurse at the local hospital for 12 years. She has extensive experience of working with children from a variety of backgrounds.

She has sound knowledge of caring for children with additional mental health needs or physical needs. 

Rest assured if your child has a health condition they will be in great hands!

She has safeguarding experience and is trained to level 3.

Marc graduated from the University of Bournemouth in 2007 and has a background in working with Children in Foster Care, running activities focussed at young people, whilst also looking after their educational needs on a 1:1 basis.

He now works as an IT Manager at the Hospital.  Marc works 4 days per week and dedicates the rest of his time to running YES guardians.

We are highly trained professionals you can trust.

Hayley and Marc have two children Arabella age 6 and Elora age 3. They absolutely adore having students living in their home. They have had their life’s enriched and have learnt lots about other cultures.

As a family we love to cook delicious home cooked meals and embrace cuisine from around the world. Weekends are always fun with lots of days out but also relaxing with time to recoup and study.  


Satisfied Students


Positive Feedbacks


Committed to Safeguarding


Home Stay

The directors of YES Guardians Hayley & Marc provide accommodation for students at their family home along with their two daughters.

For Gloucestershire based students, we offer the Gold Package. This is an all inclusive package, more economical compared to traditional boarding. Including full guardianship, accommodation for term time, half terms and exeat weekends. But most importantly living as a family unit.

We have several fantastic local Schools. These include Dean Close School, Cheltenham College, Cheltenham Ladies College, St. Edwards School, and the University of Gloucestershire.

The school buses which service all of the above schools pass very close to our house.

If the gold package for day boarders suits you and you do not study in Cheltenham we can find you the perfect host family close to the school of your choice.

Even if you don't study in Gloucestershire, Cheltenham is a fantastic town to spend school holidays with us. We can offer tutition, sports and fun activities whilst living as part of a fun and nuturing family environment. Please get in touch with your needs.
Currently taking bookings for 2022

Every Need Met

Home stay for school holidays and exeat weekends. 

Over night boarding at school might not be possible for every student. The school itself may be at capacity and not have space for overnight boarders or the student may be more suited to living in a family home from home environment. 

We take care of everything for the students from transport to school, extra curricula lessons such as dance or drama, private tuition and work experience. 


We Love to Cook

Everything we eat is home made. Delicious and always nutritious. We enjoy food from all around the world. We can also cater for any dietary requirement.

If it’s your birthday or special cultural celebration we will cook up a treat and celebrate with you. We are always interested ourselves in learning more about other cultures.


Comfortable Bedroom

We can host 3 day boarders at our home at any one time. We have one double and one twin room available. Both rooms are beautifully decorated, with lots of storage and a desk for study. 

Bedrooms come with a television, NETFLIX, SKY SPORTS and WIFI. 

Students have access to their own shower room.  

Call us for a video call and we can show you around the house. 


Village Location

The house is based in a village called Bishops Cleeve situated just outside Cheltenham Spa. 

Cheltenham has lots to offer for students and families. We are very lucky to enjoy a busy town with lots of facilities with many parks and countryside near by. 

Cheltenham has been voted the best place to live in the South West 2020 by The Sunday Times with its education, culture and connectivity highlighted amongst its best attributes. 

Students will feel like part of our family, joining us for fun days out at the weekend. We will also ensure that there is plenty of time for study and school work supporting the students with their academia. 


Guardianship Packages From
£225 per term

Fully personalised based on your needs. If you can not find what your looking for please contact us and we will make a tailor made package just for you.

Payment is flexible to suit your requirements. Pay monthly, termly or yearly.


Perfect for independent students, college or university students


Per Term

  • Registration for guardianship
  • 24/7 Emergency Contact
  • Access to YESGuardians WhatsApp for ongoing support between student & guardian


Guardianship plus host family arrangements


Per Term

  • Registration for guardianship
  • 24/7 Emergency Contact
  • Host Family Arrangements for exeat weekends & half term (extra cost per night for accommodation)
  • Travel arrangements - Airport escort services available
  • Access to YESGuardians WhatsApp for ongoing support between student & guardian
  • Mobile Phone support Assistance with mobile phone sim cards.


Guardianship, host family arrangements and academic liaison.


Per Term

  • Registration for guardianship
  • 24/7 Emergency Contact
  • Host Family Arrangements for exeat weekends & half term (extra cost per night for accommodation)
  • Travel arrangements - Airport escort services available
  • Access to YESGuardians WhatsApp for ongoing support between student & guardian
  • Academic Monitoring. YESGuardians will be the main point of contact between the school and parents
  • Financial Support Assistance with mobile phone sim cards and top ups, pocket money, payments to the school for trips etc


Day Student Package. Fully Inclusive, Guardianship plus term time accommodaton. (School Holidays extra (half term, etc))


Per Term

  • Registration for guardianship
  • 24/7 Emergency Contact
  • Hosted at the YESGuardians family home. Perfect for Day boarders
  • Travel arrangements - Airport escort services available
  • Access to YESGuardians WhatsApp for ongoing support between student & guardian
  • Academic Monitoring. YESGuardians will be the main point of contact between the school and parents
  • Financial Support Assistance with mobile phone sim cards and top ups, pocket money, payments to the school for trips etc
  • Fun Live as one of our family, fun days out at the weekend.
  • Extra Curricular Assistance with activities such as music, dance, tennis, gym, private tuition and work experience.

Our students love staying with us.

and we have over 70 pieces of amazing feedback to prove it (which makes us very proud)
January 2021
D and J - Aged 16

It’s a great experience that the day you host me. I feel very comfortable and very happy in here.

I can’t believe I had a chance to taste the delicious Asian food cooked by the English!

You guys are friendly, kind and generous.

Thankyou for taking care of us in every way. The life with you was very interesting and we will miss it in every way. I hope I get to see you again in the future.


More feedback snippets

We can't explain enough how much reading these makes us smile.
J and L (aged 17)

August 2019​

Dear Marc and Hayley.

Thanks for hosting us, we had a great time here. We loved your house and your food. We also loved the chance to play with Elora and Arabella. We could not ask for a better host family. Lots of Love.

H and A (aged 14 and 15)

July 2019

Thankyou for staying us, we love you very much! We want to see you again H.

Thankyou for staying us. We are very happy meet you. We hope you meet again. Thank you very much. A.

J and C. (aged 15 and 16)

August 2018

Thankyou for your hospitality, kindness and for treating us like your own sons. The truth is at the beginning the idea of coming to make this experience overwhelmed us, but you made us feel at ease, and we met a great family.

Our stay here has been perfect, you have been so nice, the food was delicious and thankyou for giving us time to practice talking English. We will miss you, and hope to see you again soon.

A (age 24)

April 2018

I’m very happy because I was under your hospitality during my studies here. You are like my father and mother, and thankyou for my good treatment.

Thankyou for my nice and clean accommodation and for the always tasty food.

Thankyou for everything.

I admire your family organisation, you are a beloved family. I am sure that anyone under your hospitality will be happy.

I didn’t feel alienated or lonely during my presence with you. In the end thankyou Marc and Hayley.

Your Son, A

E and S (Aged 16)

March 2018

Thankyou for everything, and for being so attentive. You made us feel like we were at our home. This time has been incredible. We have learnt so much from you, and our English has improved from you taking the time to speak with us.

We have discovered a beautiful family. We will never forget this experience, and hope one day to repeat it.

M and Y (Aged 24 and 28)

May 2016

Thankyou for the welcome. You are all very nice and we appreciate the effort from you greatly.

Thankyou for the cooking, it was great. If we could come back, we will do it again!

We were honoured to be your first Frenchies.

PS Marc, thankyou for letting me borrow your shoes…!

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Schools in the local area

In Cheltenham we are very lucky to have access to 4 fantastic Independent Schools and the University of Gloucestershire. The schools are Dean Close School, Cheltenham College, Cheltenham Ladies College and St Edwards School. We have at least 20 more Independent schools within an hour of drive of our head office.

Airport Assistance

At YES Guardians we understand how scary it might be to arrive at the airport in a foreign country. Let us take all this worry away. YES Guardians are partnered with Airport Angels and we can book a meet and greet service for you. The airport angel will meet your child at the aeroplane and escort them through the airport to meet your YES Guardians driver. In the UK all taxi drivers hold an up to date DBS and YES Guardians will only use reputable taxi companies that we know.

Transport to Cheltenham Schools

A bus service provided by all the local Schools runs from a short walk away from our family home. More information can be found by clicking on the links.

Private transport can also be arranged if required also, either via a host family or a private taxi (extra fees)

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Cheltenham Gloucestershire United Kingdom