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All students whose parents are overseas must have a responsible guardian in the UK.

International students cannot be accepted into the College or Sixth Form without providing full details and confirmation of a satisfactory UK guardian.

  • Parents must make arrangements for guardianship before their child arrives in the UK
  • St Edmund’s College must be in receipt of full contact details for the guardian
  • Guardians must be over the age of 23 and have UK residency

Guardian contact details should include:

  • Mobile telephone number
  • Address and postcode
  • Daytime telephone number
  • Home telephone number
  • Email address

Accredited guardianship organisations

These organisations are inspected and therefore adhere to a code of best practice. They are legally covered and insured and have appropriate experience, knowledge and skill to take good care of children in the UK.

Please consult the AEGIS website (Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students) to select an accredited guardian and make contact direct with the guardian.

Choice of guardian

We understand that on occasions parents may choose to appoint a close family friend or relative in the UK as guardian. In this case it is important that parents and the prospective guardians discuss and fully understand the role and responsibility.

St Edmund’s must be notified of this temporary guardianship arrangement. We advise that an AEGIS accredited guardian is appointed as a temporary guardian.

The role of the guardian

  • To act in loco parentis on behalf of the parents.
  • To attend parent teacher meetings and report back advice to the parents.
  • To help students adapt to their new life and school regulations.
  • To generally take an active interest in the student’s school life.
  • To give help and advice over examination choices and university selection, including assistance with the completion of application forms.
  • To keep regular contact with the student during term time and assist with any problems that may arise.
  • To monitor out of school activities.
  • To organise suitable home stay accommodation with native speaking host families half term breaks, or longer (holiday) periods.
  • To arrange flight reservations and tickets when necessary.
  • To arrange collection and/or transport from school, host family or airport at the beginning and end of all holiday periods when required.
  • To be available to both students and parents 24 hours a day in case of emergency.

Please contact for any further information.