UK Guardians


"In the heart of the New forest and only minutes from the wonderful coastal beaches"
UK Guardians was established in 2012 by Helen Herridge offering a Guardianship service to a small number of students from China.

A Little Bit About Us

Having over 15 years’ experience of working for schools and colleges in the UK as an International Education Student Supporter and with her passion for excellence and attention to detail the company has grown considerably due to the recommendation from all she works with, UK Guardians is now a team of like minded staff, providing an outstanding service to all our students, schools, parents and partners.

Within the growth of UK Guardians, we are now a leading provider of Work Placements through the Erasmus + programme currently for Switzerland and Germany and offer our own Summer Camps throughout July and August. We have dedicated members of staff for each area to ensure all we work with are offered a unique service.

We are fully committed to:

  • Ensuring your child’s school life is as happy and conducive to learning as possible
  • Giving them a caring and supportive environment in which to relax on exeats and holidays
  • Being “in touch” with each of our students as individuals and building a solid trusting relationship and allowing this to develop and change as they grow older
  • Regular consultation and updates with you as parents on all matters
  • Treating each child and you as parents and individuals – everyone’s situation and needs are different
  • Ensuring the right school is chosen for your child and regularly reviewing their progress and making recommendations to improve their academic progress and general wellbeing

This all starts as soon as you register with us.  We can help to remove any anxiety, uncertainty and stress and make the whole experience as smooth, pleasurable and rewarding as possible.

Most parents come to us directly, but we also work with a number of partners in, Spain, China, Turkey, Switzerland and Germany.


We are very happy to put you in touch with parents, agents, boarding house staff and head teachers to find out more about UK Guardians.




Helen Herridge

Managing Director

Helen has worked in International education for her entire career. When she founded UK Guardians it was because she wanted to make a difference and provide students with the care she would want her own children to receive, she manages the daily running of the company and keeps in regular contact with all students, Parents, agents and schools. When she is not working which is not very often! She will be out walking along the beaches with her pet dog Darcie.

Lisa Hawes

Student Care Coordinator

Lisa manages the care and support for all of our students she is the “go to person”. She keeps in regular contact with all students, host families and schools. Any problem you may have however big or small Lisa will do all she can to resolve it. When Lisa is not at work she is busy looking after her two children and answering the phone to all of our students.



Sales & Marketing Manager

As a former high school geography teacher, Hannah’s first priority is high-quality education intertwined with happy and successful students. Since leaving the classroom, Hannah has worked for Queen Mary University in London supporting international research students.  Also International Department for Arts University Bournemouth organising and supporting Full-time Student Programmes and Summer Courses.  Hannah is responsible for the friendly, effective and professional communication between our stakeholders including; Schools, Universities, Companies and Agents. The role also involves organising and preparing marketing materials, presentations, and social media for the company and ensuring that every operational need is met at the highest of standards considering the well-being of every student we work with. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys travel and waking in the beautiful Dorset Countryside.



Accommodation Manager

Devonne or better known as Dev was originally from Kent and has recently moved to beautiful Dorset in August 2019, she feels privileged to be working for UK Guardians and has brought a welcomed smile to the team. Dev is our Accommodation Manager, she manages all the accommodation needs of our students alongside all travel and transport arrangements. She has an excellent relationship with all of our host families and looks forward to welcoming and visiting more in the future.

When Dev is not busy making arrangements for our students and host families she keeps herself busy with her little dog Mickey and helping out at her parents with horse riding and cleaning out the horses