Junior School - Chatham House Technology Facilities
Year seven, eight, and nine teaching is delivered through a twelve-week carrousel. The students move between three areas: Product Design, Catering, and 3D /Graphical Design. Our teaching facilities include…
Two dedicated design technology classrooms (DT1 and DT3) these rooms provide both computers and a design space for practical and graphical work. We have a provision for a computer for each student. We run the latest versions of SolidWorks and Adobe Creative Suite; students use these programs from year seven through to thirteen. The design technology classrooms each have a dedicated Ulitmaker 2+ and ultimaker go 3D printers for use in the junior years. Both classrooms are linked to our workshop, DT2.
The ‘Workshop’ (DT2) is a well-equipped large teaching space. Our aim within KS3 is to allow every student an opportunity to use as many hand tools as possible, and be certificated for independent use (under supervision) on a vast majority of the machine tools, by the end of year nine. However, safety remains a core value, as does creativity.
The Food Preparation and Nutrition room (R11) is a large and new facility designed to deliver the catering curriculum in the most practical manner. R11 is a very clean and cared for space with commercial chillers, air conditioning, and quality utensils to support the delivery of the catering curriculum. Teaching from year seven to eleven takes place here. Theory lessons in year ten and eleven are taught in the adjacent computer suite (R10).
Junior school departmental clubs
- The STEM First Lego League club, supported by sixth form students, and delivered in (DT1). We run a number of EV3 and NX2 generation teams in year seven, eight, and nine. About | FIRST LEGO League
- Gardening Club is delivered to key stage 3 to encourage sustainability and growing your own produce. Delivered in the Kitchen garden on our KS3 site
Upper and Senior school – Clarendon House Technology Facilities
GCSE and A LEVEL courses are delivered as an optional subject. Our teaching facilities include…
Two dedicated product design classrooms (R5 and R6) the rooms provide both computers and a design space for practical and graphical work. We continue to provide SolidWorks and Adobe Creative Suite at the core of our designing software as well as the provision of one computer per student. These rooms are accessible at lunch and after school for students to pursue their studies.
The ‘Workshop’ (R1) is a well-equipped teaching space. Bag pressing, rotational moulding and plastic casting are examples of the practical approach we have to student learning. Exploration through 3D iterative modelling is a core value at GCSE and A-level. Our workshop is equipped to take this approach.
Computer Aided Manufacturing rooms. There are two CAM (computer aided manufacturing) rooms, which are very well equipped with a variety of high quality machines. We are currently running Two Denford Mirco Routers, Universal V3.5 Lasercutter, Mercury Lasercutter, Denford Router 2600pro, Roland Camm1 Vinyl cutter, and Roland Camm 2. All are accessible for GCSE and A level students.
3D HUB. Our 3D HUB is a dedicated space for thirteen 3D printers, three 3D router, lasercutters, and a Wazer water jet cutter. These machines give students the opportunity to realise high quality complex outcomes, complicated and advanced computer aided designed outcomes (CAD) students have produced can now be printed in ABS, PLA, and XT-copolyester. As part of our approach to 3D manufacturing we have a university placement student who runs the 3D HUB and provides a 3D printing service to the local community, schools, and businesses as well as providing printing expertise to our students within the school. We are a Create Education 3D HUB and work with them on national projects as well as independent ventures with Hornby and (PML) Plymouth Marine Laboratory.
Senior School departmental clubs
- Product Design CLUB runs twice a week. This club allows students to access the department’s practical, CAD, and CAM facilities. The club is aimed at year ten, eleven, twelve, and thirteen students.