Picking the right guardianship organisation is crucial for parents seeking to get the best out of an international education for their child.
Connexcel also offer tailored guardianship services to meet the needs of our students. We are, and have been for 15 years, guardians to hundreds of students (aged 8-19), both within our own organisation and other international pupils in UK boarding schools. We have a network of fully trained and checked host families throughout the UK, meaning we are always on hand to care for a child at short notice, should it be required. We are fully accredited Gold Standard members of the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students (AEGIS) and full members of the Boarding Schools’ Association Guardianship Certification Scheme. This provides assurance to schools and parents that we are educational guardians who have the highest standards in safeguarding and safer recruitment and training of staff and host families.
Our staff in both the UK and China offer full understanding of both cultures, removing barriers to communication between school and home and enabling effective transition to a new system. Communication with students and parents in their own language enable us to offer speedy resolution to any issues and ensures effective transition of information. With our staff body consisting of former and practising teachers, house parents, pastoral managers and Headteachers, as well as fluent Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese and Korean speakers, schools and parents can be assured that students are receiving the very best care.
Our Services Include:
Tier 4 Visa application assistance.
A complete travel service for exeat and holiday travel.
Pairing students with a suitable host family that has undergone the necessary safety checks and regulations.*
24/7 availability to schools, parents and students.
Appropriate and experience-based advice on potential schools.
Advice on admissions procedures.
Arrangements for accompanied school visits.
Advice on preparation for school in the UK BEFORE arrival.
A full welcome service on arrival to the UK on request.
Attendance at Parents’ Consultations on request.
Advice on important stages of a pupil’s academic journey including GCSE and A-Level advice as well as application to university.
An effective conduit between schools and parents for the academic welfare of their child.
Social and emotional support whilst at school.
A genuine and personal interest in our pupils and their success at school and excellent relationships with key staff at our partner schools.
A strong staff body which includes current and former teachers, former House Parents, Pastoral Managers and fluent Mandarin and Cantonese speakers who are able to guide pupils and intervene whenever necessary to provide assistance and advice.
* We fully vet our host families through a rigorous interview process that involves a face-to-face meeting, an inspection of their home and an enhanced DBS check. For further details on the services we require of our host families, please refer to our page on Host Families.
We also recognise the importance of assisting the schools and host families that work with us to provide the very best experience of a British education.
With Connexcel, Schools and host families can expect a comprehensive support network to help them throughout the student’s time in the UK.
For more information on the services we provide to schools, see our School Consultancy page.