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.