If you live overseas something you will need to consider if you are thinking of boarding at any school in Ireland is appointing a guardian.

During term time we are legally responsible for each student’s welfare and undertake parentally designated responsibilities.

However, there are times (eg weekend leave, May bank holiday weekend, half-term breaks, etc) when the School must be able to hand over parental responsibilities to another adult – the appointed Guardianship organisation/Guardian. A guardian may be a relative, friend of the family or a guardian agency. Guardians need to be over the age of 25 and ideally be based within a reasonable journey of the school.

It is essential that a guardian is nominated before the student joins Rathdown School and that we are advised of the guardian’s name, address, and contact details before the start of term.