We hope you might find the answers to some of your questions here, but please feel free to contact us if you can’t find the information you are looking for. Call our team direct on 01273 835 745.
An adult or company in the UK who is appointed by a parent to be their representative while their child studies here.
No, there is no UK law that relates to international students at UK boarding schools. However, Tier 4 Visa rules state that the child must have a guardian and most UK Boarding Schools insist upon it.
Our UK Guardianship Programme is a service offered to students at UK boarding schools in Bristol, Bath, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire , Cheltenham, Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Bedford, Cambridge,
Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Dorset, Somerset, Devon, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Scotland, Wiltshire,
Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Northampton, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Yorkshire, London and
No. A legal guardian is appointed by a court of law when a child does not have a parent. An Education Guardian is something quite different.
An important part of our job is to find a host family for your child during holiday times when they have to leave school. Our host families are all very carefully chosen, regularly visited and police checked. Once we have selected a family to match your child's needs, we will send a full colour profile of the family to you.
We always make sure that we have a choice of families before we accept a student, but we only secure a family once a client has paid.
Yes, we actively encourage overseas parents to meet the host family before their child stays there. This does, however take quite a lot of planning and work on behalf of the Bright World Guardianship Care Manager, so to avoid disappointment please give us at least two weeks’ notice.
Our policy is to aim for no further than 30 minutes' drive or 30 miles. We do not always achieve this but if we struggle, we will speak to our customers first.
They will collect them and drop them back to school.
This is the ideal and usual scenario, but sometimes students request to be moved. Sometimes Host Families can let us down and become unavailable to host. In this case, we will find the child a new host family.
Yes, our Relax and Revise programme for half terms and Easter holidays is an excellent alternative. Click here for more information.
As your guardianship company, we will make sure that your child gets picked up safely by one of our drivers on arrival in the UK. You will be sent a full colour profile of your driver 48-72 hours after you have requested the journey. We check our drivers licences for you and make sure they have an ENHANCED Criminal Record (DBS) Check. Driving a taxi in the UK does require a proper licence and Criminal Record Checks but we feel this requires careful checking by us to ensure safety. Some parents prefer to use the schools transport and students can travel by train if they are aged 16 years or over.
Our UK Guardianship programme includes:
At Bright World we only offer one level of care to all children, because guardianship is like an insurance policy and when the unforeseen happens we believe that all deserve the same level of care and therefore could never prioritise one child over another just because they paid for a lower/higher level of care.
Most of what we do involves working closely with boarding schools to assist with safeguarding concerns, suspensions and emergency situations which cannot be foreseen. We can however reduce our £500 termly expenses fee if you do not require use of our transport or host family services. Reductions can be arranged upon application. Our fees sheet clearly lays out all our costs and inclusions, so there is no hidden registration fee and no extra add on costs for you.
Our fees sheet clearly lays out all our costs and inclusions, so there is no hidden registration fee and no extra add on costs for you.
Additional guardianship services can be made available at an extra charge. These may include:
Termly service fees for guardianship are £620 per term including VAT. This includes all of our services and two visits to see your child in the first term. We usually ask for an expenses fund of £500 per term to cover homestay and travel which is fully refundable if not spent.
We feel that our fees are reasonable at £620 per term. We do not offer cheap guardianship; we offer the best that money can buy as we believe that this is what all children deserve.
Unlike many other guardianship organisations, we are fully accredited by AEGIS (Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students). This means our practices and processes have been thoroughly inspected and audited by this important organisation and we can therefore guarantee that we will act in your child’s best interest at all times. We are also the first UK guardianship organisation to hold a recognised partnership with Child Safe. AEGIS re-inspects Guardianship Organisations every four years and we have just had our 2017 re-inspection. We are very proud of the results and of the report. Please click here to view a Summary of the Report.
Take a look at our 'Guardianships Uncovered' video for more more information.
"Bright World is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment."
Sherborne International, a Bright World Partner School, has been in touch today to let us know they still have places for September 2018 in all year groups, though very limited - read on to see how to apply and learn more about how Bright World can help you to find a great host family near Sherborne School.
Lisa Palmer, the Director of Admissions and Marketing at Taunton School has returned from a short vacation and has sent us A BIG hello from an unusually warm and sunny Taunton!