Attendance Policy and Procedures

St James Primary School recognises that every day of attendance in school contributes towards a student’s learning and that maximising school attendance enhances academic outcomes. 
St James Primary School has a responsibility to record student attendance and respond to instances of irregular attendance.  It is important for our school to investigate the patterns and underlying causes of non-attendance so that appropriate strategies addressing the specific type of absenteeism can be implemented.
At St James Primary School, and by virtue of their employment, our teachers are legally required to monitor and record attendance of students in their care on a daily basis, whether absent or present in class, on excursion or at a school based activity.
Legal guardians of children have a legal obligation, as set out in the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006, to ensure a child is enrolled at and attends school.
Class rolls, whether electronic or paper based, can be required as evidence in court and assist in establishing that a school has met their common law duty of care to students. Attendance records are required as part of a school's Workplace Health and Safety requirements and can be a critical factor in identifying serious student protection concerns. In addition, student attendance records are used for student reporting, fee allocation and government reporting. 

Further information regarding our attendance policy and procedures can be found in the following documents.