Attendance and Timetable

High attainment depends on good attendance. Poor attendance can also be a threat to the safety of individual students. We will always work in partnership with parents/carers to help every child secure high levels of attendance.

The UTC Day (Timetable)

Timings of the day from September 2023

UTC Opens at 8:00am to students
Knowledge Recall Session for Y9, Y10 & Y11

Post-16 arrive ready to start for 8.45am

8.30-8.4515 minutes
Period 18.45-9.4055 minutes
Period 29.40-10.3050 minutes
Break 1 – Y10
(All other students in Tutor Group)
10.30-10.4515 minutes
Break 2 – Y9
(All other students in Tutor Group)
10:45-11:0015 minutes
Break 3 – Y11, Y12 & Y13
(All other students in Tutor Group)
11:00-11.1515 minutes
Period 311.15-12.1055 minutes
Period 4
Lunch (4a) Y10
12.10-12.4030 minutes
Lunch (4b) Y912.40-13.1030 minutes
Lunch (4c) Y11, Y12 & Y1313.10-13.4030 minutes
Period 513.40-14.3555 minutes
Period 6 (Monday and Friday all students leave after Period 5)14.35-15.3055 minutes
Period 7 (Enrichment/ Intervention/ Detention – All years)15.30-16.3060 minutes
UTC closed to students at 4:30pm. 

During cleaning sessions at the end break and lunch sessions, students leaving the dining room will wash hands prior to returning to lessons.

Arrival at UTC:

Students should arrive at UTC in time for Period 1 via the Student Entrance. Students arriving after 8.30 a.m. need to sign in with Reception and will be marked as late, this will result in a rapid response detention after school.

Lateness to Lessons:

Students arriving late to lessons, with no valid reason, will be marked as late; sanctions will be implemented after college on the same day.  Persistent lateness could result in a Penalty Notice issued by the Educational Welfare Officer.

Planned Absence:

Requests for absence from college for dental appointments, visits to hospitals etc, should be sent into UTC giving at least one clear day’s notice. We would always encourage parents/carers to minimise the amount of time missed in school for these appointments. Students miss fewer hours in college if appointments can be arranged at the beginning or end of the day.

Why is School Attendance so important?

Above 97% – Less than 6 days absence a year:
Students with this attendance should achieve their full potential with the best grades at GCSE/GCE.

95% – Less than 9 days absence in a year:
Students are likely to achieve their potential at GCSE/GCE. New guidelines indicate that 95% attendance should be the minimum goal for every student.

90% – Less than 19 days absence over the year:
Students are missing 4 weeks of college and may drop an exam grade. It will be difficult for them to achieve their best.

85% or less – Persistent absence:
Students are missing at least 6 weeks of college every year and this will have a significant impact on their exam grades.

Holidays during term time:

Term time holidays can have a significant impact on achievement and progress, therefore our policy is not to authorise any other than in the most exceptional circumstances. The fundamental principles for defining exceptional are rare, significant, unavoidable and short. By unavoidable, we mean an event that could not reasonably be scheduled at another time.

If a student is removed from UTC for the purpose of a holiday during term time without authorisation we may ask the Local Authority, Education Welfare Service, to issue a Penalty Notice. For further information please download a copy of our Attendance Policy.

Requests for leave of absence should be made in writing and address to Lee Kirkwood, Principal. Please be aware that any application for leave of absence during term time must be made in advance.

Unacceptable absence/punctuality:

We will not authorise absences for inappropriate reasons such as those set out below. Where there are instances of unauthorised absence then we may ask the Local Authority, Education Welfare Service, to issue parents with a warning letter or a Penalty Notice.

  • Truancy
  • Minding the house/staying in for repairs
  • Shopping
  • Attending sports events or concerts
  • Annual holidays
  • To do homework
  • To help with the family business
  • Birthdays
  • UTC uniform in the wash
  • Looking after siblings
  • Oversleeping

Unexpected absence:

If your child is absent from UTC, please let us know on each day of absence. If the UTC does not receive an explanatory text, email or telephone message you will be contacted either by text, email or phone. You can our admin team on 01332 477400.


Students with high levels of attendance receive awards and rewards in assemblies and achievement assemblies.