Davidson High School

Academic, creative, innovative, sustainable

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Rules and policies

Rules and policies are in place to make sure your child remains safe and well at school.

Visit the NSW Department of Education’s policy library for all current operational policies.

Our school uses the department's School Community Charter to ensure all of our communication is collaborative and respectful.

Attendance and absences

Students must attend school regularly so they can achieve their educational best and increase their career and life options.

In NSW, all children from the age of 6 are legally required to attend school or be registered for home schooling through the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). All students must complete Year 10, or its equivalent.

Young people below the age of 17 who have completed Year 10 must be:

  • in school, or registered for home schooling 

  • in approved education or training, such as a traineeship, apprenticeship or TAFE

  • in full-time paid employment (average 25 hours a week) 

  • in a combination of work, education and/or training (average of 25 hours a week combined).

Students 17 years and over who are enrolled in school must attend school regularly to meet HSC course requirements. 

As a parent or carer, you are responsible for ensuring your child attends school every day when they are of compulsory school age. You must explain all absences to the school within 7 days.

For more information about compulsory school attendance, visit:

School frameworks (school rules)

As well as following the department’s operational policies, we have developed frameworks for our students in line with our school’s values and commitments.

Attendance policy 

If your child has to be absent from school for any reason, including arriving late or leaving early, please either tell your child's teacher or the administration assistant at our school, or explain the reason by phone, email, or written note as soon as possible and within 7 days. View Davidson High School's attendance policy (PDF 81KB) for further information. For long absences, parents need to complete a certificate of exemption (PDF 1137KB) application form and submit it to the principal for consideration.

Code of conduct

The majority of students will complete their school years abiding by the school's code of conduct. Students and parents need to understand that the level system begins at level 1, then to level 2, then to level 3 and then level 4. Extreme behaviour can result in a student being placed on a high level, even though the student may never have been on a level before. The school rules and level system are in place to promote positive behaviour and respectful relationships between all members of the school community. Behaviour which is disrespectful, irresponsible or shows a lack of effort will result in consequences within the level system. Download and view the level system explained (PDF 288KB) for more information.

Mobile phone policy

Davidson High School permits the use of mobile phones at school in accordance with our mobile phone policy (PDF 195KB)