Guardians and host families

Shrewsbury School welcomes students from all over the world and our international students are part of a diverse community of people who care for each other and grow as individuals, celebrating diversity and forging strong friendships. Living in a foreign country, in unfamiliar surroundings, and having to communicate in a different language presents a challenge to our international students. Our pastoral system means that all international students are effectively supported as they integrate into School life.

All international students are required to have a Guardian whilst studying at Shrewsbury. Guardianship provides another means of support for an international student whilst they are in the UK, and allows them to have another adult outside of the School who they can turn to for assistance or advice, and who will provide accommodation when the School is closed and it may be impractical to travel home.

As the person with shared delegated parental responsibility, the role of guardian complements the requirement of Housemasters and Housemistresses to act in ‘loco parentis’. Effective partnership between staff concerned with pastoral care, parents and guardians will safeguard the welfare of international students. Some parents choose to appoint a family friend or relative, but where this is not practicable professional guardians can be appointed using reputable, and ideally accredited, guardianship agencies.

Where international students need to apply for a student visa in order to study in the UK, the required CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) number will not be issued until the School is satisfied that appropriate Guardian arrangements are in place.

Please see the Shrewsbury School Guardianship Policy and Agreement.

Additional information can be found via AEGIS (The Association for The Education and Guardianship of International Students) an organisation that inspects and accredits guardianship providers in the UK and works to promote the welfare of international students.
Please see their website for further details: