boarding school guardianship

our guardianship programme

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Head Office Care Manager

A trustworthy service from an experienced team of professionals.

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Safe and reliable transportation

A friendly face waiting at the airport to meet your child.

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Half term and exeat accommodation

Choose a host family for your school holiday.

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Bright World Buddy system

Our Local Coordinator who lives close to the school.

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24/7 emergency assistance

We will be there to help in an emergency on your behalf.

where we offer guardianship

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Bright World offers a high quality guardianship programme at over 400 UK boarding schools, colleges and universities across the UK in most schools and regions (except Ireland,). In each area we have a Local Coordinator and an excellent network of established host families and drivers to take care of our students.

why do I need a guardian?

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The majority of UK boarding schools require all overseas pupils to have a UK guardian. A guardian should be a responsible adult living in the UK who can be there in an emergency situation on behalf of parents.

For those parents who do not have a family friend to act as guardian, then they have the opportunity of choosing an AEGIS accredited UK Guardianship Organisation such as Bright World to act in Loco Parentis for their child.

This not only satisfies the Boarding School requirements but also the UKVI guidelines and keeps international students safe while they are not in school and are unaccompanied. Bright World is accredited to Gold standard - the highest possible standard in the UK.

why choose Bright World Guardianships?

The Bright World Guardianships Team

A trustworthy service from an experienced team of professionals 

A Bright World UK guardian will ensure that all the needs of your child are met and offers parents peace of mind and security in the knowledge that there is always someone there to give a helping hand. Our UK guardianship programme offers a total care package from day one of a student’s stay in the UK and throughout their study period.  

Award-winning guardianship since 2000

Bright World was established in 2000 and has been dedicated to offering UK guardianship to international students ever since. Our staff are all expertly trained in Child Protection and Customer Service to create the optimum service for parents and to provide the support and mentoring that young children studying in the UK require. In 2021 and again in 2022 we were named winners in the Guardianship Organisation catergory at the prestigious Study Travel Secondary awards.

Impressive cloud-based portal

The online portal was designed to meet the needs of overseas parents and students and includes a unique Host Family Selection tool. Read more about Blink below.

Well considered, safe host family accommodation

Bright World can offer safe and secure host family accommodation during these planned and unexpected events. Find more about our host families below.

Covid-Safe host families

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Bright World is proud to hold gold standard accreditation with AEGIS and now upholds the AEGIS Covid-19 Safe Charter.

Our host families are putting in place additional precautions to keep students safe during these times when they are away from school. Read more about our 6 point Covid-19 Support Plan here.

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Host Family

From time to time, students may need to leave school unexpectedly, their flight may be cancelled leaving a gap once the school has closed or they need to leave school during exeat weekends and half term holidays. Bright World can offer safe and secure host family accommodation during these planned and unexpected events.

committed to safeguarding your child

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Bright World has been accredited by AEGIS, the Association for the Education & Guardianship of International Students, since 2006. Bright World is a gold standard member, offering guardianship at the highest standard possible in the UK.

Easter, Summer & Christmas 2022

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Travel restrictions will inevitably mean that some students may need to stay in the UK during the longer holidays again this year.

We have therefore taken the decision to once again offer all guardianship students the option of staying with a Bright World host family during Christmas and Easter.

We are also delighted to be able to offer a selection of holiday and revision programmes for students who would prefer this alternative option to homestay. Our partner residential courses are also available during the Summer holidays.

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fees and what is included

Fees

£620 per term inc VAT

  • Your Guardianship Care Manager available to you at Head Office. 

  • Emergency assistance for unexpected events, cancelled flights, suspension from school, illness. 

  • Liaising on your behalf with the school regarding exeat and half term arrangements or for unexpected situations.

  • Organisation of safe and efficient airport transfers and other travel for your child within the UK. 

  • Your child's Buddy will visit at least twice per year, after which a full report will be uploaded to your Blink portal.

  • Sourcing and checking of a suitable host family for exeats and half terms and/or in unexpected situations - exclusive use of Bright World's Host Family Selection Tool so you can help us choose your host family

  • Annual enhanced DBS checks and inspections of host families and screening of drivers on your behalf.

  • Your child’s Buddy will keep in touch throughout the year, calling and emailing, always on the end of the phone if they need to talk.

  • 24/7 emergency phone service for students and parents.

  • Privileged access to Blink, our online parent portal - see reports, manage your account, submit flight details. View host family & driver profiles. 

  • Bright World's COVID-19 Isolation Care Plan - Placement into a risk-assessed host family if required. Welfare reports and a full Isolation Care Plans will be coordinated for all Bright World students if they are required to isolate.

  • arranging travel to and from school or university interviews

  • helping to source school uniform

  • managing pocket money

  • monitoring academic and social progress, attending meetings at school when required

  • help with opening a UK bank account if required

  • advice and placement on revision or holiday programmes during all school breaks

  • offering support with medical queries. Visiting students at hospital or escorting them to see the doctor

Optional extras

We usually charge £500 deposit to pay for optional extras although this can be negotiated according to your needs.

  • Host family accommodation £45 per night.

  • Additional Parents Evening £60 plus mileage

  • Extra visit to school or host family on request £30 per hour plus mileage at 45p per mile.

  • Airport transfers - price according to distance. A small administration fee of £5 added for each journey organised by Bright World to cover the cost of enhanced DBS checks and screening. 

  • Emergency removals for suspected or confirmed Covid-19 - £200 plus VAT service fee plus £60 per night for homestay.

  • Airport Angel service. We can collect your child from the aircraft and escort through customs or escort to aircraft on return from £85.

  • Fuel allowance of 45p per mile for host families collecting the student from school.

  • Mandarin Counselling and translation services £300 per year plus VAT

  • Russian parent support service £200 per year plus VAT.  

Guardianship fees for 2022-23

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After several years with no price increases at Bright World we are making a small increase on our guardianship service fee, host family charges and mileage costs for the 2022-23 academic year.

Start your guardianship journey with Bright World

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Search our schools list

  • Find out about Bright World Guardianships at your chosen school. We offer high quality guardianship, host families and travel services across the UK at over 400 schools and you can search for your school here. In case you can't find your school just get in touch and ask.

Your Local Host Family

Host family search

  • Browse our large database of host families close to the school by using our host family selection tool. You can then select your favourite host families based on those that best suit your requirements. We will then give you an availability update on the families you choose.