Boarding School Guardianship.
What is a Boarding School Guardianship?
For overseas students, one vital part is missing. The parents. A Guardianship programme should be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to support the student when studying in the UK.
The responsibility is to be the link between the school, the parents and the student, and making sure the student is happy, and acting in loco parentis (as a parent would) for the child.
Unique to Boarders is that both the school, and the Boarding accommodation generally close during exeat weekends, and the longer school holidays. This in itself involves organisation, with a host family or transport arrangements, and unaccompanied minor services needing to be made if the child is travelling home alone.
The vital piece of the puzzle, that no International Student should be without. A Guardian should get to know the student as an individual, and help them in any way they can – to ultimately get the most out of their time in the UK. A student without a Guardian can feel lost and alone. It should offer that personal level of support, and make them feel as welcome as possible.
What do YES Guardians offer?
YES Guardians are unique, and offer the complete package. Everything we do is of a high standard, and we are continually improving.
Years of experience with Children and Young People from all across the world. Equally important, we aren’t just a Guardianship, we are also a host, and parents to school age children.
It goes without saying that our staff are fully security checked to the official UK Government requirements (DBS checked) and also offer extra in that we have a Paediatric Ward Manager as a director, as well as our other director who has worked with Children’s Social Services, looking after the most vulnerable of children.
In addition to the above, as a family hosting students comes naturally, having hosted in our own home for nearly ten years, so have that personal experience many other organisations do not.
Highest levels of Safeguarding training
With the above in mind, all of our staff have not just the basic, but enhanced level of security and safeguarding training available to them.
Home from Home host families
Hopefully the pictures on the website speak for themselves, but all of our host families are picked by our directors. All of the photos on our website are real, no stock images are used, and we love to receive the wonderful feedback from each host family about the students in their care. We try to work always with the following ethos in mind:
- Every need met
- We love to cook
- Comfortable bedroom and environment
- Located in easy reach of things to do
We always ask the question – would we be happy for our children to be in this environment….? We firmly believe the host family experience should enhance and enrich the life experience of the student whilst away from school, and also offer a comfortable, relaxing place to study.
YES Guardians offer host families all across the UK for the longer school holidays at Easter, Summer and Christmas as well as the Exeat weekends, so we understand the need to feel comfortable as parents that your children are going to a safe, friendly, warm environment.
Enhanced knowledge and experience of COVID Safety that goes beyond others.
Due to our experience in the National Health Service, our working knowledge of COVID guidelines, we feel is beyond those with formal training. Real life experience cannot be replicated in a course. This includes using COVID safe companies as drivers and Host Families.
What are the Guardian fees UK?
Our prices are always competitive. We understand that being an International School costs a lot of money, so having to appoint a Guardian is an extra expense. A list of our packages are available on this link.
Can a school act as a Guardian?
The short answer is no. The Guardian needs to be a separate entity to the school.
From September 2022, The BSA (Boarding School Association) have made it a requirement, in Standard 22.5 of their guidance on the UK Government Website – quote “Under no circumstances should school staff be appointed as a guardian for borders”.
The Guidance in full is available on the UK Government Website.
Why do you need a Guardian for Boarding School?
All overseas students need a named individual to secure their place in study. This is also vital for the tier 4 visa requirements for studying in the UK.
Many Boarding schools require them to be AEGIS accredited. YES Guardians have this accolade so you are in safe hands!
Having a trustworthy responsible adult in the UK acting on your behalf, or simply to ask any questions to is something we feel is essential.
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.
We genuinely believe we offer a personal touch Guardianship service that is second to none of any other in the UK.
For a drop down list of schools, please see below.