PJs was founded in 1995 by Pete and Jackie Evans.
Pete and Jackie have been involved in the independent schools sector since 1991 when Jackie joined Millfield Prep School as a member of staff, teaching English and Physical Education. Together with Pete, they then became house parents and ran a boarding house for 16 years overseeing the health, care and development of hundreds of children from all over the world.
It is from this role as house parents that the guardianship business was formed. Pete and Jackie have since acted as guardians for many students enabling them to have a successful, enjoyable and balanced time throughout their years at school.
Since retiring from teaching and house parenting, Pete and Jackie now manage PJ’s hub in the South West of the country. They act as guardians to a number of students ensuring that they are well supported during their time away from home. They continue to host a number of students during exeat weekends and keep in close contact with our group of host families based in the local area.
Lizzie Barclay and Kirsty Farquhar joined PJ’s in 2014. They are based in Surrey and have built up a number of links with schools in the South East of the UK including in London. They act as guardians to children within this area and are able to host students themselves alongside our local host families. Lizzie and Kirsty met whilst completing their legal training and remain practising solicitors. They are able to action any visa enquiries and assist parents who wish to purchase properties in the UK.
AEGIS ACCREDITED GUARDIANSHIP
We are proud to be fully AEGIS accredited and would like to share an excerpt from our inspection report:
“PJ’s Guardianship Services Ltd offers an excellent standard of educational guardianship, and makes appropriate arrangements for the use of host families when required. The high quality of its care for students and the efficiency of its pastoral and administrative systems are spoken of in the warmest terms by students, overseas parents, host families and schools.”