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Resistant Materials

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.

Through the use and manipulation of wood, metal and plastics, Resistant Materials teaches students how to use resources effectively to produce functional, high quality products. Consisting of a series of ‘design and make' tasks to solve particular design problems, students gain knowledge through practical experience in the workshop, supplemented by theory and planning sessions and evaluation of existing products.

During Year 7, 8 and 9, Resistant Materials teaches students to make decisions about the use of materials, tools and equipment for a planned piece of work, involving shaping, joining, finishing and evaluating their final product. In doing so, students will study the characteristics of working properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, softwood and hardwood timbers and thermoplastics and thermoset plastics, while studying industrial processes such as injection moulding, casting, welding and brazing and the reasons why one process is more suited to a product than another.

At GCSE, the two year programme of study in Resistant Materials aims to develop our students' skills and knowledge further, culminating in a major project conducted in Year 11 which contributes 60% of the marks towards the final grade. Common projects involve the planning and making of toys or games that have marketing potential, such as an early learning toy suitable for pre-school children or mechanical ‘executive' toys suitable for desktop use.


IT in Resistant Materials

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


Numeracy Literacy in Resistant Materials

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 Resistant Materials


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 Resistant Materials

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.