Host family

Host Family Services

We oversees the pastoral care of international students during who are studying at UK boarding schools whilst their parents are still living in their home country. Part of our role is to find host families for them for short holidays, e.g. half terms, Easter holiday, Summer holiday or even Christmas holidays.


Our Host Family Network

We rely on our network of excellent host families to help us to care for our students during the times of year when they have to leave school. This is usually some weekends and half term holidays.

As we specilze on serving Chinese national students, we have selected many friendly and trustworthy Chinese families in our Chinese Community to meet the requirements of some of our students. As also have English and Chinese mixed families plus local English families so the students can pick and choose and where to stay.

Hosting an international boarding student during their short holidays can be very rewarding, fun and educational for your own children and provides a valuable extra income for your family. 


Our Safer Recruitment Policy and Process

  • Applicants must provide original identification documents to prove who they are and permission to work in the UK documents where appropriate
  • Enhanced DBS checks are required for 16 years and over.   
  • Applicants must be suitable to work with children and must not be disqualified from working with children, or subject to any sanctions imposed by a regulatory body and have no convictions, cautions or bind overs
  • We will obtain references from nominated referees and does not accept open references or testimonials
  • We conduct an initial house inspection and an interview to confirm  an applicant's suitability for the role, suitability to work with children.  
  • As collection and drop off by the family to and from school is part of the role, we also inspect the car that will be used.
  • Revisits - to ensure that the facilities being offered are of the same standards as per the initial inspection report, we conduct an annual inspection to ensure that there are no new circumstances in the house that need to be reviewed (for example members of the family who have turned 16 years old and need a DBS check, new pets or new rooms which have been built), and that the home remains suitable for hosting Bright World Guardianships students
  • Random Checks – we conducts random checks on our host families.
  • Care Plans –  Maple conducts a Care Plan welfare feedback report with students and host families when a stay has been completed. 

In some cases, e.g. Short Courses or Winter or Summer Study Tour, we may also use our School/College Partners' host family network.