boarding school guardianship

our guardianship programme


Head Office Care Manager

A trustworthy service from an experienced team of professionals.


Safe and reliable transportation

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


Half term and exeat accommodation

Choose a host family for your school holiday.


Bright World Buddy system

Our Local Coordinator who lives close to the school.


24/7 emergency assistance

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

where we offer guardianship

Bright World Map of UK

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?

Lana Foster with a student

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, 2022, 2023 and 2024 we were named winners in the Guardianship Organisation category 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.

safe and well-considered host family accommodation

host family round the kitchen table

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.

our team of professional drivers across the UK

UK map

The driver who collects your child from the airport on arrival is probably the first person they will meet from Bright World. It is very important, therefore, that they recognise them and can find them easily. It is also important that the driver arrives on time and is kind and caring.

All our drivers are criminal record-checked and carefully screened by the team here at Bright World. These are reliable and caring people who are fully insured with good quality vehicles. We will send you a full colour profile of the driver who will meet your child before they travel. This will include their contact details and photograph.

committed to safeguarding your child

Bright World Buddy with a Student

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

girl painting Easter egg

Schools close during Christmas holidays and Bright World does not offer any host family options during this time and requires all students to go home or make their own arrangements in the UK. We have a large network of host families who are able to offer host family stay during Easter those students requesting this option.

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 during Easter. Our partner residential courses are also available during the Summer holidays.

JUST ONE Tree for every Bright World student

Just One Tree

To help fulfil our pledge, we have partnered with JUST ONE Tree. For every student who joins our guardianship programme, we donate to JUST ONE Tree and a tree is planted for every year they are with us. Our students and their parents can also feel they are making an impact when they recieve their certificate each year showing what an impact their tree will make.

a professional and caring organisation...

The students benefit from being supported by a professional and caring organisation that they and their parents know can be relied on. In a mostly unregulated industry, it is refreshing to find an organisation that strives to achieve and promote the highest possible standards
Lucy Jackson, Registrar, Battle Abbey School

Guardianship fees

Bright World fees

View our boarding school guardianship fees page here.

Start your guardianship journey with Bright World


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.