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.
GCSE engineering encourages candidates to be inspired, moved and changed. By following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors, such as manufacturing. The course prepares students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.
It enables students to actively engage in the processes of engineering to develop as effective and independent individuals and to understand the contribution that engineering makes to society and the economy.
Students will develop and use a range of transferable skills when designing and making engineered products which use both electronic and mechanical design. These skills include 3d CAD, rapid prototyping using 3d printing, manual and computer aided manufacture. Understanding the range of material properties and manufacturing processes is taught through; practical projects such as a burglar alarm where students manufacture plastic and metal components as well as electronic assemblies.
At GCSE, the two year programme of study in Engineering aims to develop our students' skills and knowledge further, culminating in a major project conducted in Year 10-11 which contributes 60% of the marks towards the final grade.