Sibford School requires that an official UK-based guardian must be appointed for any pupil whose parents live overseas, even if the pupil is in the sixth form and over the age of 18.

The guardian should:

  • Be contactable during term time at any time, day or night, in case of emergency; supply the school with emergency contact details; and notify the school if they plan to be away or are unable to carry out their responsibilities for a period of time.
  • Be responsible for the pupil (in loco parentis) at all times when the parents are not contactable; this may include having a pupil to stay if they have an illness/injury which requires them to be out of school for several days or if they are unable to stay at school for any other reason (including suspension).
  • Be responsible for the care of a boarder who, in the view of the school nurse or doctor, should not remain in school due to serious injury or contagious illness.
  • Be responsible for making suitable arrangements for the pupil during holidays and exeat weekends, when the pupil is unable to go home/join parents. Please note, pupils cannot remain at the school during the holidays.
  • Inform the school of arrangements for holidays and exeat weekends well in advance and to adhere to the school dates and times for each term.
  • Be responsible for making travel arrangements for the pupil at the start and end of each term/half term and for exeat weekends, including responsibility for students whose travel arrangements mean arrival before the start of term, or departure after the end of term.
  • Be over the age of 24 and able to speak, read and write English to a competent level.

The Guardian will:

  • Be free to contact the school during term time concerning the pupil’s progress and regarding arrangements.
  • Receive notification of school announcements and holidays.
  • Be welcome at school functions and to visit at pre-arranged times.
  • Be encouraged to take an interest in the pupil’s progress and welfare and, when possible, attend parents’ evenings.

The school does not get involved with guardianship fees and costs. This is a matter solely between parents and guardians. However, we are happy to provide names of Guardians who have a good reputation.
If the guardian is unable to carry out their responsibilities when required, the school will appoint a short term guardian and parents will be invoiced for any additional costs incurred.
In cases where a member of the family or a family friend is acting as the guardian, all of the above still applies.

For details of admission process for International Students click here

To read an online copy of our ESOL brochure click here

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