Services

Oxford Guardians provides high quality and caring guardianship for international students in UK education.

Our services are available to students aged 8-20 at boarding schools, independent day schools, Sixth Form Colleges, and Universities. Our dedicated local guardians, welcoming homestay families, and caring management team take care of all of the student’s needs.
Before the student comes to the UK, we help with documentation and travel plans, as well as preparing the student for their new life at a British School or University. On arrival we meet and transport the student to their school or university. During their studies, Oxford Guardians are there to support each student in matters related to health, welfare, homestay, studies, university decisions, interests and hobbies, travel and visas and so much more besides. Our team of local guardians, homestays, translators and tutors are truly here to help each of our students to enjoy their time in the UK and achieve success.
We offer three levels of School Guardianship and two levels of University Guardianship. We are always happy to adjust these to fit the individual requirements. Central to our guardianship is building up the relationship between the local guardian and the student. All of our school guardianship packages include meeting and visiting the student throughout the academic year. We also recognise that for many parents the UK education system may not be very familiar and this is why we offer all students and their parents academic support and why we always attend parents’ evenings as an integral part of our guardianship services.

Premium
This level of service is suggested for younger students up to the age of 14 or for those students needing a lot of support. Taking this service means that the student will meet their local guardian every 10 days throughout the school year.
Main
This is our standard and most popular package. It offers students a high level of support and care during their studies. Suitable for all children over 13 years old. Students are visited by their local guardian five times per term.
Basic
For more independent and self-sufficient students, basic guardianship students have visits two to three times per term. Recommended for students in sixth form who have previously studied in the UK.

Click on the service areas below, to see what our Guardianship packages cover:

(*Additional charge or upgrade in package required)

Helping your child in the first few weeks of their studies.
Premium Main Basic
Emailing information pack to our students before they come
Communication between OG native speaker (available in most languages) and parents before their son/daughter arrives *
Arranging homestay for early arrivals *
Meeting between our students and the local guardian in the first week
Ensuring your child has their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) and assisting with police registration for 16+ students
Buying items for school including sports equipment and books.(For school uniform please see extra services) *
Pastoral Care
Premium Main Basic
Visiting your child according to guardianship package
Being in regular text/other communication with your child
Seeing House parents at least once a term
Arranging medical and dental care *
Christmas & Easter holiday guardianship *
Study Support
Premium Main Basic
Attending parents’ evenings & sending a follow up report
Email contact with personal tutor/form teacher once a term
Meeting the student’s personal tutor/form teacher once a term. Or more if required *
Advice with university selection
Study meeting and assessment practice with IELTS specialist
Arranging specialist supplementary IELTS tuition & arranging IELTS tests
Arranging specialist academic tuition
Arranging holiday courses *
Organising university tours for parents and students * *
Homestay
Premium Main Basic
Arranging caring and friendly homestay families
Ensuring the homestay family environment is safe and suitable; carrying out Criminal Records Bureau & Social Services checks
Checking how the student is getting on when in the homestay
Ensuring homestays are given full information about the student’s needs, and are regularly visited and checked
Finding holiday homestay outside term time * *
Finding holiday homestay outside term time in other locations * *
Travel Arrangements
Premium Main Basic
Organising transport to and from the homestay
Organising travel for students to and from the airport with our DBS checked drivers
Arranging transport for medical, school visits, visas and accompanying the child as needed * *
Ticket booking – planes, trains, coaches * *
General
Premium Main Basic
Mobile phone top ups & Sim card purchase
Opening a bank account
Taking your child on trips to the local area and places of interest, usually once a term (mileage and entry costs charged to parents)
Taking your child for a small treat on visits* (e.g. a soft drink and/or a snack) the cost of which would be added to a student’s expenses (£10 maximum)
Remembering birthdays and special days!
Supporting any special interests and helping students join local clubs/take part in activities outside of school e.g. joining a fencing club, arranging driving lessons *
Pocket money service * *
Communication with Parents
Premium Main Basic
Reporting to parents and agents regularly
Sending parents’ evening report
Translating mid-term and end of term reports * * *
Contacting parents regularly, up to three hours per month * * *
Finance
Premium Main Basic
Deposit statements provided in December and June
Notification of expenses incurred over £25
Emergency cash advances for students on parents’ request *
Transferring money for school fees * *
Dealing with Emergencies
Premium Main Basic
24 hr on call in term time; emergency numbers provided to students, parents, homestay families, agents and schools
Making emergency medical and sickness arrangements
Attending to the student’s needs if suspended or expelled from school including provision of transport and homestay * * *
University A and University B main areas the services cover are listed below:
Helping your child
University A University B
One visit per term, with termly updates to parents *
Monthly email and text contact
University paperwork completed
Emergency contact
Arranging airport transfers when the student arrives and travels home
Medical support with signing up for university healthcare and arranging appointments *
Ensuring biometric residence permit (BRP) is obtained and police registration is carried out *
Practical support e.g., opening a bank account *
Point of contact at the point of settling in with someone who knows the system *