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St Dennis

Primary Academy

Everyone Matters, Everyone Succeeds, Every Moment Counts



At St Dennis Primary Academy, we value the importance of regular attendance at school and we strive to have the highest attendance possible.  High attendance (97%+) is essential to ensure uninterrupted progress and to enable children to fully develop their learning potential. 


Good attendance is important because:

  • Statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and absence below 95%.
  • Regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically.
  • Regular attenders find school routines, schoolwork and friendships easier to cope with.
  • Regular attenders enjoy learning more.
  • Regular attenders are more successful in transferring between primary school, secondary school and beyond.
  • Attending school regularly safeguards the welfare of children whilst they are not in the care of their parents or carers.



Did you know that children who arrive a few minutes late at the start of the day can feel anxious and do not make a positive start to their learning?

Key phonics and reading skills are taught at 9 o’clock every day, so regularly being late to school can have a significant impact on the amount of key learning time lost over the year.





This tables shows how much key learning time is lost, if regularly late.


Minutes late per day Number of days over a year

5 minutes

3.4 days

10 minutes

6.9 days

15 minutes

10.3 days

20 minutes

13.8 days

30 minutes

20.7 days


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  • Carne Hill, St Dennis, Saint Austell
  • PL26 8AY
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St Dennis Primary Academy is part of Truro and Penwith Academy Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Company Number: 08880841. Registered address: Academy House, Truro Business Park, Threemilestone, Truro, Cornwall. TR4 9LD