School log books
These are retained permanently. When a log book is completed it is sent to the Record Office at
These are retained permanently - note that this is not the same as the class register in which daily attendance is marked.
Pupil record cards or printouts
These are retained for a minimum of 7 years after the pupil has left school or until the pupil has reached the age of 25 years, whichever is the later date.
Registers are retained whilst the pupils are still at school. For example, if a pupil enters school in September 2001 and leaves in July 2008, the September 2001 register for that class can only be destroyed in 2008.
Schools often have presentations, open days, pageants, plays, old photographs and other records that play an important part in the life of the school. These records can be deposited with the record office but we encourage schools to give the records office a free hand to decide which should or should not be retained.
In every case, the record office will confirm what they have retained and send a copy of the retention details to the school for their information. Often, schools will want to put on a display of old records for special events. So long as advance notice is provided for the record office they will be able to arrange for the loan of the records for the school subject to certain safeguards concerning the security of the items whilst on display. Please contact the record office for full details of the terms under which such loans can be made. The record office has two vital advantages concerning the storage of records - they have a proper temperature and humidity controlled environment and access to conservation experts both internal and external.