Finding a Trustworthy Guardian

International parents will usually need to appoint a Guardian locally for their child(ren) and schools will NOT perform this service themselves. 

What is a Guardian?

British Law mandates that foreign residents must appoint a Guardian for each child receiving full time education in the UK. The Guardian will accept legal responsibility for the child and also has the power to take decisions regarding emergency medical treatment as well as registering the child with a local family doctor. A Guardian also provides the child with a place to live in the case of school holidays, exeats (periodic closures of the school in term time), illness or school expulsion.

What services can Guardians offer?

In addition to the legal requirements Guardians often perform many other services, such as:
- Liaising with school on academic or pastoral problems
- Supervision of child’s finances
- Travel and airport transfers
- Purchasing school uniform
- Home stay before or after terms
- Excursions and holidays
- Accompanying child to dentist or optician.

How much does a Guardian cost?

The costs of a Guardian can be anywhere from £1,500 to £5,000 per annum, depending on the quality of the firm and the services you need. There are numerous firms of guardianship companies with variable degrees of service and reputation. Let us find you a trustworthy firm which also suits your budget.

How can I find a Guardian? will put you in touch with a Guardianship company operating in the area near your target school. These are all independent experienced firms and they are not owned by us. They will contact you immediately to explain their services and terms. There is no obligation on you until you decide to retain their services. Email us on, or telephone us on +44 (0)1622 813870.

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