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Information for Parents


First of all, welcome to the S.O.G.A Family and thank you for choosing the Scottish Overseas Guardianship Association to look after your child while they are at school in the UK.

What is Guardianship?

Boarding schools in the UK require all students whose families live overseas to have a Guardian resident in the UK.  Guardian’s should be over the age of 25.  

While the school housemaster or housemistress has responsibility for your child’s academic progress and welfare, there will be times both during the term and outside term times where the school must be able to contact a guardian who is recognised as having the proper knowledge, understanding and qualities to take on these responsibilities.    

An application for a VISA to study in the UK (Tier 4 Child Visa) will require you to provide a named adult, resident in the UK, who can look after your child when the school is closed.  S.O.G.A is a Guardianship Organisation which undertakes these responsibilities. 

S.O.G.A is committed to providing a caring, flexible and affordable guardianship which ensures students have a safe and enjoyable time whilst studying in the UK. We strongly believe that guardianship is crucial to a student’s development. It also provides support to you, their families back home. At S.O.G.A, we aim to provide the highest quality service which meets the requirements of British Government Legislation and Guidelines.  

What is a Host Family? 

Host families provide accommodation for students during half-terms and exeats. At S.O.G.A, we aim to make the student as welcome as possible, so it feels like a home away from home. While the overall guardianship responsibility remains with Pam,  the Director of S.O.G.A, host families also have a responsibility to protect and care for your child in a safe and secure environment.  

There are many benefits of staying with a host family, the main one being that it will help your child get used to British and Western culture. Your child will also have the opportunity to learn about more about Scotland, including Scottish history, food and activities while staying with their host.   

Like any organisation, there are a number of formalities to go through, which will all be discussed with you in full and completed through email, either with yourself or your agent.  From the child’s point of view, it is important to know what travel and accommodation arrangements are required. 

We then arrange a host family for your child to stay with. This is an intricate process, as we try to match your child's and your own wishes and needs with a suitable host family. There are many factors we take into consideration, such a location, interests and hobbies, dietary requirements etc. 

We have spent many years successfully pairing students and hosts, however, we appreciate that circumstances and needs can change and we review the hosting of your child on a regular basis. 

 

Travel 

Should your child be travelling alone, they will be greeted at the airport by one of the S.O.G.A team. Both you and the child will be notified prior to arrival who will be meeting them and where. Transport can be arranged to and from the airport and from school to host family.

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