19th March 2021 — The new Design and Technology (DT) Suite at Belmont School is part of Belmont’s expansion plans as the School extends its education provision to 16 years.
The new space comprises a huge workshop along with additional rooms for storage and preparation, manufacturing equipment and for CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture).
The main teaching area has been designed to allow for uninterrupted movement and flexible space.
It will be used by pupils from Year 3 upwards on a weekly basis whilst younger pupils will have the opportunity to use it for specific activities.
Along with workshop tables, there is a vast amount of new equipment including hand-tools and machinery, central lathe, vacuum former, scroll saws, bench drills and a line bender.
The laser cutter is a significant addition and in terms of CAM it sits alongside the 3D printer.
To facilitate these CAM machines there will be access to CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software to support the conceptual design and layout of both 2D and 3D products.
Mr Felix, Head of Design and Technology said: "The DT Suite is a fantastic new space that has been designed with our future GCSE pupils in mind.
"We hope the subject will promote innovation, resourcefulness and independent learning, encouraging each pupil to reach their full potential through individual design and project work."
Mrs Skrine, Headmistress at Belmont School said: "Design and Technology is a fascinating, rewarding and increasingly important subject in the modern world.
"It is wonderful to have such a state-of-the-art facility to support pupils’ work across the age range and we are grateful to the Friends of Belmont for their generous donation towards key pieces of equipment."