The Henry Beaufort School was awarded the specialist status of a Technology College in 2002. With a vision to strengthen and develop the quality of teaching and learning strategies in the specialist subjects, the status contributes to whole school improvement through innovative approaches to teaching and learning, particularly through use of new technologies.
In all subjects, Design and Technology is seen as a creative process concerned with turning ideas into reality and, fitted with the latest equipment, Rome gives access to professional machinery which enables all students to design, create and finish high quality products. All subject areas relate project tasks to batch production and the use of modern manufacturing processes, particularly Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM). Whether our students are making their own circuit boards, working with textiles, or using graphic or resistant materials, the software and machinery allows designs to be plotted then cut or embroidered automatically.
In addition to six ICT suites at different locations around the school, each workshop in Rome has its own set of computer workstations, with dedicated machines to run the various CAD and CAM apparatus. As part of the ICT department, students have access to digital SLR cameras, digital video cameras with tripods and microphones and the Keystation Pro 88, the first USB master MIDI controller designed specifically to let one perform, program and mix music directly with a computer.
Mixing practical production with theoretical investigation and calculation, Electronics aims to develop student awareness of a range of electronic sub-systems, components and their functions.
In Years 7, 8 and 9, students are introduced to increasingly complex systems, sensing and controlling real-world situations with designs subject to light, heat, pressure, sound and moisture. During this time, students use Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) programs to produce professional results of their designed products.
GCSE Electronic Products utilises problem solving as an approach to resolving technological issues. Typical projects involve the planning and manufacture of personal security systems for use in the home, an electronic die for use with a range of games and digital metronomes suitable for musical instruments. GCSE assessment is based on 60% coursework and 40% written examination.
Additional Electronics support is available every Wednesday after school. Here skills from current class projects can be developed or new projects of personal interest can be explored. In addition software tuition/support is also provided.