UK Guardianship Services

Sutherland Education provides educational guardianship services, looking after the well-being of children and young adults who are studying in the UK.  Our guardians work with parents and agents to ensure the safeguarding of their children whilst they are living away from home. 

Sutherland Education was founded by Andrew Sutherland, who took over the family business started by his mother Mrs Betty Sutherland, in 1965. Andrew is also the founder of the regulatory body for the sector, AEGIS, (Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students).  

This year Sutherland Education celebrates its 55th Anniversary, making us the longest standing provider of educational guardianship in the UK.

Why choose us

Safeguarding: Originator of AEGIS the regulatory body for the industry

Reputation: 55 years of Education Guardianship provision

Value for Money: Light Guardianship option for students who do not require accommodation –  just £405 per year

Individual regular homestay guardian appointed for each student

With such longevity and experience within the education sector, it is no surprise that Andrew Sutherland originated the charitable organisation, AEGIS, The Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students.  This nationally recognised organisation sets the safeguarding standard for UK guardianship and acts as the regulatory body for the guardianship sector throughout the UK.

We take meticulous care to visit and vet every new host family and guardian.  We keep in close contact with our guardians throughout the year and one of our team is always on call to ensure 24-7 security.  Our students can reach us at any time of day or night and our trusted drivers provide transport to and from airports and schools.

Sutherland Education is not only affiliated to AEGIS, but Andrew Sutherland currently sits on the Advisory Committee as a founding member.

The Sutherland family have been providing educational guardianship services for over 50 years.  Starting in 1965, as the Kith and Kind Association, Andrew Sutherland’s mother, Mrs Betty Sutherland, founded the first ever guardianship organisation in the UK. 

In her dual role as a National Trust Home director  and Guardianship forerunner, Mrs Sutherland looked after international students from all around the world from the grounds of  prestigious National Trust Homes; these included the beautiful home of Rudyard Kipling at Bateman’s, Michelham Priory and Dunrobin Castle.

Today, Andrew Sutherland continues to work as the director of Sutherland Education and his vast knowledge of the British Education system brings him all over the country as a sagacious Educational Consultant.  As the ex-deputy Head of Claremont Fancourt School in Surrey, and  a long standing Housemaster at Millfield School, Somerset, Andrew still loves to be in close contact with students, often paying home visits and liaising with schools, guardians and host families. Sutherland Education is synonymous with Safety, Wellbeing and Academic Success. 

We provide a first class service at a fraction of the price of many of our competitors. 

Included in all our guardianship services is a free place on our educational weekend seminars and workshops designed to help students with UCAS applications/Career Choice/Interview technique/Study Skills. 

In addition, our Light Guardianship option, at just £405 per academic year, allows students to meet school or College regulations and give parents peace of mind without great additional expense. 

Our commitment to seeing students flourish on their academic pathway, makes our educational guardianship exceptional value for money. 

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