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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.

At Henry Beaufort, Graphics develops critical and aesthetic abilities, allowing students to create high quality two dimensional designs to precede the construction of models and prototypes, key skills required in the production of all commercial products.

In Years, 7, 8 and 9, students are taught technical drawing and illustrative techniques, the practices of concept and packaging design and how data is used to analyse the needs of a certain product. Throughout this time, students acquire and refine numerous skills necessary to research, plan, execute and evaluate a product's design with a specific commercial market in mind. Industry standard Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) programs are integral in the students' learning.

Developing these skills further with choices to pursue personal interests, GCSE Graphic Products requires students to produce an integrated coursework that demonstrates design and manufacturing process involved in making a quality graphic product. Final projects have included educational board games, a point of sale for a computer game and the design of a corporate identity and prototype packaging for a food and drinks company. Students are graded on 60% coursework, 40% examination.


IT in Graphics

Solidworks, 3D Design, 2D Design, programmable technology, nutritional analysis, CAD, BBC Mircobit, crumbles.


Numeracy and Literacy in Graphics

Numeracy - Reading scales, scale and proportion, ratios, percentages, data analysis, isometric drawing, measuring.

Literacy - Technical terminology, expression of ideas, annotations, oral expressions, text planning, reasoned explanations.


Prevent Duty and British Values in Graphics


We are committed to ensuring that our students are offered a broad and balanced curriculum that aims to prepare them for life in modern Britain. We encourage our students to be inquisitive learners who are open to new experiences and are tolerant of others.

These values support the development of the whole student as a reflective learner within a calm, caring, happy and purposeful atmosphere. Teaching the schools core values alongside the fundamental British Values supports quality teaching and learning, whilst making a positive contribution to the development of a fair, just and civil society.

The internet provides young people with access to a wide-range of content, some of which is harmful. Extremists use the internet, including social media, to share their messages. The filtering systems used in our school blocks inappropriate content, including extremist content.

We also filter out social media, such as Facebook. Searches and web addresses are monitored and the ICT technicians will alert senior staff where there are concerns and prevent further access when new sites that are unblocked are found. Where staff, students or visitors find unblocked extremist content they must report it to a senior member of staff.

We are aware that young people have access to unfiltered internet when using their mobile phones and staff are alert to the need for vigilance when students are using their phones.

Students and staff know how to report internet content that is inappropriate or of concern.


British Values

We promote tolerance through different people’s ideas that may be built on cultural diversity which promotes mutual respect.

Students have the opportunity to work independently and as a team to build resilience and self‐esteem through tasks. When working in groups students are expected to share ideas and resources and encourage and support each other. By promoting high expectations through the setting of ground rules, students are rewarded for positive behaviour.


SMSC in Graphics

Spiritual - Imagination, inspiration, instiling a sense of awe, wonder and mystery, encouraging creativity.

Moral - Students are given an awareness of the moral dilemmas created by technological advances. Encouraging students to become responsible consumers.

Social - Industrial visits, opportunities to work as a team, promoting equality of opportunity, providing an awareness of areas of gender issues.

Cultural - Diversity of materials and ways in which technology can improve the quality of life. Investigate how different cultures have contributed to technology.