Badminton School

Guardianship

The welfare of our girls is the most important thing for us at Badminton, and all members of staff are there to offer support and guidance to Boarders and Day Girls.

In addition, it is a legal requirement that Boarders whose parents do not live in the United Kingdom appoint a guardian in the UK to act on their behalf. This requirement applies to all girls, regardless of age, whose parents do not live in the UK. Guardians are responsible for looking after and accommodating girls during official exeat weekends and during half terms and holiday periods if girls do not return home to their parents. They are also welcome to represent you at parents meetings, to attend concerts, plays and events and act as the first point of contact in the event of any problems. Guardians are also responsible for making travel arrangements for girls travelling at times other than those agreed by the school. Badminton values the important role that guardians play, and we make sure that Guardians are invited to events during the school year so that they too can become part of the Badminton community.

Guardians may be a relative or family member or a family friend. Guardians must live in the UK. Guardians must be selected wholly by parents and Badminton cannot recommend guardians to parents. The School cannot be held responsible for your choice of guardian, and it is vital that you satisfy yourself fully that the guardian you have chosen for your daughter meets your requirements. This includes checking the accreditation of any organisation or individual you are considering.

We do understand that those without contacts in the UK may find it hard to identify a guardian, so we can supply you with details of agencies accredited by the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students (AEGIS) that parents have used in the past when they have not been able to appoint a guardian from among their own family or friends. Please contact the School Office if you would find it helpful to have more details.