ISCA requires all students whose parents live overseas to have a UK Guardian, irrespective of their age. This means that students who are 18 or older are still required by ISCA to have a UK Guardian.
The reason for asking is that a guardian is an essential link between a student and parents, living overseas, therefore, their duties include and are not limited to:
· be a channel for quick, effective communication with parents, especially when parents are not fluent in English
· arrive at school in case of emergencies
· make necessary arrangements for a student when term is over, such as accommodation arrangements, travel etc.
· accommodate a student during holidays or exceptional circumstances
· provide support and counsel if needed
· be in touch with the student and maintain regular contact as a parent would
· work with the school to ensure that student is achieving academic success
For full details of duties and responsibilities please download the documents below.
Who can be a guardian?
A relative or friend of the family can act as the UK Guardian as long as they:
· understand the responsibilities outlined above
· are of an age and ability to be able to take on delegated parental responsibility
· live in the UK
· are fluent in both English and the mother tongue of the parents
ISCA does not recommend any specific guardianship companies, however, alternatively professional guardianship services are available. Professional guardianship arrangements must only be arranged with reputable agencies which are members of the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students (AEGIS).
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate contacting ISCA at [email protected].