Pippa’s Guardians is delighted to welcome their new Area Manager, Tessa Kent, to the team. Tessa will be looking after children in the Kent area, and is already getting to know all the students and schools in her region. Having been educated in an independent boarding school herself, Tessa has a very good understanding of the environment and excellent education that her pupils enjoy, and she will be encouraging them to embrace all the activities on offer to make the most of their time in their UK schools. At the same time, she understands what it can be like for boarding school pupils to be a long way from home, in a different country and learning a new language, and she is looking forward to supporting them fully in their education here.

During her career Tessa has always worked with young people in a mentoring role, in both their education and working lives. Most recently she has helped young people adjust to major changes and has supported them with their decision-making, so she is well-suited to working with children during their school time here. She and her husband also have also been a host family, and they have enjoyed sharing their home with many young international students over the last nine years. Having hosted herself, Tessa is in the ideal position to find families who can provide a welcoming, caring environment for children during exeats and school holidays.