Every Durham School pupil whose parents are resident overseas must have a UK-based guardian or host family who themselves are resident within no more than one hours travel time of the School. The School cannot and does not recommend or arrange guardianship on behalf of parents. Responsibility for welfare of pupils while in the care of guardians, and while travelling to and from School, rests solely with the parents and not the School.
In addition to abiding by all of the laws in the UK, all guardians/host families must:
- Live within one hours travel time of the School
- Be at least 25 years of age
- Have left full-time education
- Be fluent in English and, ideally, the pupil’s native language
- Be available to contact at any time
- Be available to take pupils to appointments outside of school, if necessary
- Be available to provide transport and care in the case of infectious illness or injury until a return to school is possible
- Provide accomodation during school holidays and half terms if pupils are not returning to their home country.
- Accompany pupil's to and from School to airports/railway stations etc
- Provide necessary transport to pupils on the first and last day of each term when parents are not present
The responsibility of the guardian is not a role which can be taken lightly as they perform the role of parents in their absence. The guardian should take an active and interested role in the pupil's education and welfare. The School expects the guardian or host family to attend parents' evenings to represent the pupil's parents as well as being in active communication with teachers, house staff and the pupil's family.
A list of accredited guardians is published on the AEGIS [Association for the Education and Guarianship of International Students] website: http://www.aegisuk.net/
For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org