About Us

School Knowledge

Our team have an excellent knowledge of the UK education system. All members of our team are highly educated.


All our guardians live very close to the schools that our students attend.


English Country Guardians are committed to helping students achieve their best at school. We aim to help our students take full advantage of the opportunities available to them. We collaborate with schools to ensure that our students receive the support they need at each stage of their education.


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English Country Guardians is a fully accredited to gold standard member of AEGIS.The rigorous inspection by AEGIS ensures we provide you with the highest quality of Guardianship.

" With its overriding commitment to helping overseas students achieve the very best from their education in the UK, English Country Guardians provides an excellent standard of educational guardianship. Each student is known personally and helped individually at every stage. Students, overseas parents, host families and schools are all equally complimentary of the high levels of professionalism and the fine quality of care and support they receive. "

AEGIS Inspection Statement

Experienced Guardians


Joanna Winstanley

Principal & Guardian, for students in Surrey and Kent

English Country Guardians is led by Joanna Winstanley, who is a qualified teacher with over 20 year's experience. She has an outstanding knowledge of the English education system and the needs of overseas students. Her own 3 children have all attended Oxford or Cambridge.


Roger Winstanley

Finance Director

After a career in the finance industry, Roger now organises all the financial matters for English Country Guardians. With a degree in Physics, Roger enjoys sharing his keen interest in Science, Maths, Geography and History with students.


Caroline Churnside

Guardian, Reading area

Caroline went to boarding school so understands how it feels to be away from home. She has always worked with children and young people, including running her own nursery school. Caroline is married to Tom and has 2 grown up daughters.


Cassie Stevenson

Guardian, Cheltenham area

With a PhD in neuroscience, Cassie is a qualified teacher. She taught in several UK boarding schools before working in Psychology for a leading UK examination board. Her husband Simon is a Headteacher. They live in Cheltenham, with their son and daughter.


Helen Wu

Chinese Co-Ordinator

Helen came to the UK to study for her Masters degree in 2002. Helen now works with Joanna in the Surrey/Kent area.

Speaking both Mandarin and Cantonese, Helen is available to help all students, parents and schools with understanding language and culture.


Diane Hoy

Travel Co-Ordinator

Diane speaks French, German and Spanish. She had a background in the travel industry before qualifying as a language teacher. Diane makes safe travel arrangements for all our students.

Recent Testimonials

" Our family feel extremely fortunate to have been given a chance to work with you.


In every situation, from as difficult as removing appendicitis to as natural as organizing birthday balloons - your work ethic was impeccable and all of your actions came from the bottom of your heart. We can't thank you enough for it! "

Parent from Kazakhstan

" I wish to express my deepest appreciation and gratefulness for your professional guardianship provided to our son throughout these two years. Your caring, prompt and useful advice have helped to calm me down and give me in comfort in dealing with issues like his sickness and the preparation for the Oxbridge etc."

Mother from Hong Kong

Student now at Oxford

" It is a pleasure to say we have been really well pleased with the services by Ms / Mr Cassie and Simon. Great kindness and high professional effectiveness! "

Mother from Italy

" You are a truly an excellent guardian. Our students are lucky to have you. "

Head of Boarding & Co-Curricular
Independent Co-Ed School

" We all love Caroline, she is very lovely "

Mother from China