Earlier this month Bright World Directors, Lana and James Foster jetted off to the big apple in support of key Bright World Partner agent, Mentor International. The US branch of the agency held their own British Boarding Schools exhibition at The New York Junior League, in Astor House.
The worldwide education consultancy originated in Thailand but now operates in other areas of the world, namely recruiting American students and counselling them in their applications for UK study. Their Boarding Schools event aimed to bring together an elite group of UK Boarding Schools in one place to meet face to face with parents of prospective boarding school students. Among providers were some of Bright World’s close partner schools, Abingdon School, Badminton School, Cheltenham College, Brighton College, King Edward's School, Witley, Kingswood School, Millfield Senior School, Oundle School, Uppingham School and Stonyhurst College.
Our main role at the event, as guardianship partners for Mentor International was to provide an informative seminar for attendees on the role of the educational guardian in the British Boarding School System. Lana (pictured above) was thrilled to be asked by the event’s organiser and USA Director, Caroline Nixon to run the seminar which promoted a role that is sometimes not considered as a priority for parents who are busy selecting the perfect school for their child.
Filling in the gaps in the school year, Lana explained that it is our job as educational guardians to ensure that the transition between term time and holiday time is seemless and that the high level of care given by our partner boarding schools continues during all short holidays. Bright World’s Managing Director went onto describe the frequent and recent unforeseen events that can occur throughout the school year where guardians must step in at short notice. One that still remained fresh in her mind, as well as in the minds of schools in attendance, was the recent fog clouds that engulfed London in November last year. An incident that had to be dealt with quickly and professionally, Lana described how many of our students were affected on their journey back to school after their half term holiday and how our Guardianship team had to ensure that all students affected, remained safe during this time.
After the seminar, Lana and James met with 38 families all looking to send their children to the UK to study. We are looking forward to acting as guardian to as many as possible as all the schools there are well known to us and we have well-established guardianship in all the areas.