Vere Hodge Centre

The Vere Hodge Arts and Technology Centre was opened in 1996 and includes spacious accommodation for the departments of Art, Digital Creativity and Design Technology. It also comprises a substantial extension to the Music School, a Reprographics centre, and an exhibition area, and it is linked in one complex with the E.M. Forster Theatre.

The complex has been designed to enable and encourage interaction between the various practical and creative departments. The range and quality of the equipment, which is constantly updated, is of exceptionally high standard, bearing comparison with the provision in many universities.

The Centre makes it possible within the curriculum for boys to develop their talents and skills, under expert guidance, to a very high level, and there are also, of course, rich opportunities for boys to pursue interests outside the curriculum - most of the facilities are open all day and during part, if not all, of the weekends.

Art

The Art School comprises two vast, superbly equipped studios on two floors; a ceramics suite with numerous power wheels and kilns for firing all types of ceramic material; a printmaking area in which there are facilities for Intaglio, relief printing and screen printing, as well as large, well equipped dark rooms for traditional photography, and a lighting studio for studio photography.

The Art School has an Art Library with a comprehensive collection of books, videos, films and digital resources from which the students can acquire images to enhance and inform their artistic practise. The library boasts comprehensive facilities for digital manipulation with 12 networked computers all equipped with up-to-date editing software, a colour photocopier and scanner, and a slide scanner.

There is an exhibition space – the Tunnel Gallery - where boys' work can be seen regularly, and parents, staff and members of the general public are encouraged to attend the opening private views.

Digital Creativity

There are five air-conditioned creative spaces in the Vere Hodge Digital Creativity area; two large laboratories, one containing 25 desktop PC workstations, another with café style breakfast bars and a soft seating area equipped with 25 laptops. There is also a well-equipped video production area and a smaller Pi laboratory with six Raspberry Pi experimental workstations. Students can also use the innovation area which is equipped with Apple Mac music and video workstations, a 3d printer and various examples of the latest digital consumer items.
All PCs and laptops run Windows 7 with an extensive range of software, both normal office applications and more specialized and subject specific packages, including the full Adobe Creative suite. Three large, multi-function devices provide rapid colour and monochrome printing, copying and scanning facilities.
High speed internet access is provided for all PCs. For portable devices, Wi-Fi is available across the department.
Digital Creativity is open from 7.30am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and from 10am until 10pm on Sundays. During these times all pupils are free to use the facilities for general or more specialist work. Technology Tutors are on-hand Between 8.30am and 6pm weekdays and 08:30 to 13:00 on Saturday to help in lessons, provide individual guidance and support and answer general technology queries. In the evenings between 18:00 and 21:00 a member of ICT services provides IT support to users of the area.

Design Technology & Engineering

The Design Technology & Engineering department comprises a very large, open-plan workshop, a CAD suite and two Systems & Control laboratories.

In addition to a large range of industrial standard workshop machine tools, including lathes, a vertical mill, drilling machines, a vacuum forming machine, metal and wood band saws, a power guillotine and a wood turning lathe, the workshop is equipped with a wide range of specialist manufacturing machinery, including laser cutters, CNC vinyl plotters, a CNC router, a rapid prototyper, a 3D printer, a CNC mill and lathe, an industrial robot arm aith purpose-built work-cell, and a precision model-making lathe. It also has a welding facility for steel and aluminium, and a metal casting bay. To support the electronics work there is a fully-equipped PCB manufacturing facility and an 8 station electronics assembly area.

The John Langhorne CAD suite is part of the Design Technology facility, and was opened for business in 2004. The resource includes 24 state-of-the-art PCs equipped with a range of computer aided design software, as well as the usual applications. There is a large a multi-function device for colour and monochrome copying, printing and scanning. The suite is designed to be used either as one large teaching room, or in two halves, and the two teacher workstations have high-resolution desk-top visualizers, touch screen displays and data projectors.

The two Systems & Control laboratories, each with powered electronics workstations and their own integrated 12-station PC suite, provide space and facilities for teaching, microcontroller programming, and electronics assembly and testing work. The laboratories have a full range of test and measuring equipment of professional standard, including oscilloscopes, multimeters, and signal generators. They are used for teaching on all courses, but are especially designed for the teaching of Systems & Control.