Bridging the gap between schools and parents
At Alderwood Guardians, we understand that ensuring the security, well-being, and educational success of your child is paramount. We are a leading UK guardianship company, committed to providing exceptional care and trusted guardianship solutions for international students studying in the United Kingdom.
Who are we?
A nationwide network of experienced Guardians and UK Education experts
We are an established educational guardianship agency, based in London, offering comprehensive support and guidance to students of all ages and backgrounds. Our carefully selected network of host families across the UK provide a nurturing environment, facilitating a smooth transition for students continuing on their international journey.
Our team is comprised of dedicated professionals fluent in Ukrainian, Russian, and Chinese, enabling us to provide unparalleled assistance and effective communication for students and their families, ensuring their comfort and well-being throughout their time in the UK.
What is an Educational Guardian?
From assisting with studies to ordering a taxi - we’ll be there to help.
We understand the challenges students face in a new educational environment abroad. We pride ourselves on durability to offer comprehensive support and guidance throughout their journey.
We personally welcome students at the airport, ensuring a seamless transition. Our commitment doesn't end there. We become trusted friends and mentors, providing continuous assistance, advice, and a listening ear. Prioritising well-being, academic progress, and personal growth, we offer a holistic approach to their UK educational experience.
Who requires an Educational Guardian?
For all overseas students in the UK
Every overseas student attending boarding school in the UK, whose parents are not based in the country, requires an educational guardian. It is important to note that the vast majority of boarding schools in the UK have a requirement that guardians be accredited by the relevant governing bodies. This accreditation ensures that the guardians meet the necessary standards and can fulfil their responsibilities effectively.
We support in all areas
Assigned Guardian based in London, UK
Our professional Educational Guardians are permanently based in the UK and are accredited under Alderwood Guardians by the Boarding Schools Association. With a wealth of experience, we are well-equipped to take full responsibility for students, providing comprehensive pastoral care and academic support.
Signing of all necessary paperwork with the school
One of the key functions that the Educational Guardian is to review, coordinate, complete and sign necessary paperwork, which may include medical, logistical and legal permissions (such as photo-release forms, vaccination records and permission for excursions).
24 hr Emergency contact
In the rare and unfortunate event that a student is seriously unwell or requires emergency treatment, the Educational Guardian provides an invaluable link between all parties, as well as practical and emotional support to the student.
Organisation of hosting
Host families provide accommodation for students predominantly for exeat weekends, half-terms or in the case of any emergencies (eg. illness or other emergencies necessitating a leave of absence from school)
Monitoring necessary school Emails
Schools in the UK tend to prefer communication via email and often the amount of information they send can be overwhelming. Our team can monitor and filter back the most important information to parents, with translations where required.
Our Guardians are available to visit students at school during term time; this could be collecting them for exeat or holidays, attending concerts or sports events in order to support the student’s participation in the school or any other situation when a Guardian’s presence is required or has been requested by the family.
Translation of essential correspondence
In cases where parental input is required, Alderwood’s Educational Guardian’s will translate the necessary documentation in order to help parents make an informed decision (such as subject selection or taking part in a school’s optional insurance program).
*Included in the Plus Package
Translation of term calendar and events
Before the beginning of the Academic Year, Alderwood Guardians will provide a translated copy of the published school calendar including all key dates and events ensuring non-English speaking parents can plan ahead with confidence.
International/Domestic ticket bookings
Coordinating effective domestic and international travel arrangements for weekends & half-terms can pose parents with a logistical challenge. Our Educational Guardians have expertise in the efficient organisation of all forms of domestic and international travel.
EXEAT weekend arrangements
Exeat weekends are the weekends when the schools close and all students need to leave (usually Friday - Sunday, sometimes Monday when it’s a bank holiday). As part of the hosting services, Alderwood Guardians can organise suitable accommodation for students.
Ordering personal items / equipment for students
Boarding Schools often have specific equipment and clothing requirements; our Educational Guardians help source and purchase particular items (such as gum shields for sport). In addition, they can help students buy other necessary items that they may need when in the UK for school or leisure.
Attending parent-teacher meetings
Parent-Teacher meetings normally occur once per term. They are a chance for teachers to talk at length and answer questions regarding progress and highlight any concerns that there might be. Our Educational Guardians attend meetings on parents’ behalf in order to ask questions, get feedback, help monitor students’ progress and relay this information back to parents.
Monitoring Academic Progress
Schools generally issue reports every term or twice a term. Sometimes grades and other metrics can be hard to interpret as there is no standard grading system between schools and teachers' comments can be oblique. Our Academic Guardians condense, clarify and communicate the key points in reports to parents. In addition, our education consultants are always on hand to discuss results, planning and decisions.
Students under the supervision of our team have the advantage of access to our team of expert tutors at preferential pricing.
Ordering materials for students
Scientific calculators, textbooks, software, devices: whatever our students require, our Educational Guardians can help source, purchase and deliver. This ensures that parents and students never need to worry about not having the correct academic materials or equipment.
Our Academic Guardians condense, clarify and translate the key points in reports to parents. Alderwood Education’s Russian-, Ukrainian- and Chinese-speaking consultants are always on hand to discuss results, planning and decisions.
Arranging medical appointments
We can arrange and organise appointments with healthcare and dental specialists when required, as well as recommend specialists.
Communication with houseparents when required
The individual at school with direct responsibility for students is the House Parent. Our Educational Guardians contact, create and maintain a close relationship with House Parents in order to monitor students’ welfare as they settle into their new and unfamiliar environment. By building this relationship over time, our Educational Guardians ensure that our students’ welfare at school is optimised and any concerns are resolved in a timely manner.
Translation of correspondence from houseparents
House Parents are the first point of contact regarding the social and emotional well-being of students. Accordingly Alderwood’s Educational Guardians translate all correspondence between houseparents and parents in order to maximise parents’ involvement and peace of mind.
With the advent of the internet communication has never been easier; however, when students find themselves in unfamiliar surroundings in a new country, a regular weekly catch-up with a friendly face can be very reassuring. Likewise, if there have been academic, social or disciplinary concerns a weekly catch-up can help monitor the situation and are supported by House Parents.
Additional school visits
There may be additional reasons for one-off school visits; academic or disciplinary concerns may have arisen, or there might be a crucial meeting regarding subject choices or university applications. Whatever the reason, we are on call to visit the school when required.
Organising birthday parties/gifts/entertainment
At Alderwood Guardians we understand the importance of creating memories that go beyond the classroom, allowing students to explore and engage in new experiences. Our dedicated team can assist in booking venues, arranging tickets, coordinating transportation, and planning events both within and outside the boarding school premises. We also understand that birthdays are a time for celebration and let’s be honest, who doesn’t enjoy a thoughtful present on their birthday!
Attending a match, concert or event
Boarding school provides students with the chance to actively participate in a wide range of activities, including sports teams, school plays, and orchestras, fostering a sense of inclusivity and engagement. These events also offer students the unique opportunity to showcase their talents and skills in front of an audience. There is no better encouragement for a younger student than seeing a friendly face before, during and after the event, which is why we will always be available to attend events and even send videos to parents.
We offer three options
Each designed to support students and parents in all areas
Compare all plans
Our Essentials package provides the minimum required coverage for parents who are confident that they do not require additional logistical or personal support on the ground in the UK.
Independent, older students whose parents are familiar with the UK School System.
Assigned Guardian based in London, UK
Signing of all necessary school paperwork
24hr emergency contact
Our Advanced package provides additional contact and communication with the school to provide academic oversight and personal support service for the student and their family.
Our most popular package, suitable students of all ages and covering all areas: academic, pastoral and logistical.
In addition to the Essentials package
Monitoring necessary school emails
EXEAT weekend arrangements
Arranging doctor or other appointments.
Our Plus package provides the full range of services but with the additional benefit of a Russian/Ukrainian-speaking point of contact for parents & translation of all essential communication & documentation into Russian/Ukrainian.
Parents who would appreciate the convenience of reading school communications in Russian/Ukrainian.
In addition to the Advanced package
Translation of school reports
Communication with houseparents
Translation of term calendar and events
We're here to help and answer any questions you might have. We look forward to hearing from you!
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