Rome, capital of Italy and once centre to one of the world’s greatest empires, is famous for its advanced engineering accomplishments. The Romans were responsible for many innovations to roads, sanitation, and construction in general, making extensive use of bridges, amphitheatres and aqueducts. Some Roman technological feats of many different areas, like civil engineering, construction materials, transport technology, and inventions such as the mechanical reaper went unmatched until the 19th century.
At Henry Beaufort School, Rome is the centre of Design and Technology and includes Electronics, Graphics, Resistant Materials, Food Technology and Textiles along with Information and Communication Technology and Business Communication Systems. For specific subject information, please click on the relevant links above.
Specialist School Status
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 five 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.