We want to ensure that boarders whose parents live overseas are cared for at all times, including at the beginning and end of school holidays. As such, it is necessary that all boarders, regardless of age, must have a Guardian based in the UK.
An offer of a boarding place at St Peter’s is conditional on an approved Guardian being in place before the start of term.
What is a Guardian?
- Guardians live in the UK and care for pupils whose parents live overseas.
- An approved Guardian will be over 25 and will be either a family member, a family friend or approved by a recognised agency and DBS checked. We recommend that you appoint an AEGIS accredited guardian.
- It is strongly advised that Guardians live within a reasonable distance; ideally within two hours of the School.
- University students living in University halls of residence will not be accepted as legitimate Guardians.
- Should the Guardian change during the boarder’s time at St Peter’s, the boarder’s parents must inform the school as soon as possible.
What is the role of a Guardian?
- Guardians are responsible for assisting with the care of a pupil when necessary, for example with travel arrangements or in emergencies.
- At times, boarders need to be away from School (for school trips and University open days for example). At such times the Guardian will be required to assist either to give consent to a trip or visit, to arrange travel, or to provide care. In the first instance, the Guardian should discuss plans and confirm arrangements with the boarder’s Houseparents.
- Good and regular communication between Houseparents and the Guardian is encouraged to ensure boarders are well cared for and kept safe at all times whilst in the UK.
Please note that UK Visas and Immigration stipulates that all boarders’ holiday contact details must be submitted to the School before the start of each school holiday. Houseparents will assist in gathering this information at each exeat, half term and end of term.