The Numeracy Area of Learning combines maths with four subjects which make extensive use of data and numeracy in order to deliver success.

There are five subjects in Numeracy at BCHS:

  • Business Studies
  • Computing
  • Economics
  • ICT
  • Maths

Numeracy equips students with a powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. It breaks down cultural and international barriers. Strong numeracy skills are a global language, essential in everyday life and all aspects of employment. To this end, the Numeracy Area of Learning nurtures a love of mathematics and its applications as a creative challenge while developing the skills of logical reasoning, problem-solving and the ability to think in abstract ways.

In mathematics students learn through a wide range of practical activities in a technologically rich environment. They develop the confidence to solve unfamiliar problems and discover the importance of mathematics and its application in the world around them. Students will also be taught the key financial skills for life.  They will cover a wide range of essential skills including understanding pay slips and bank statements, interest rates on credit cards and loans, their consumer rights and how to budget successfully.


The Numeracy Area of Learning is led by Sam Payne. Sam is a maths teacher who has been instrumental in leading the maths faculty to great success in the last two years. This has included the introduction of the Core Maths course for post-16 students, as well as enabling students who have not achieved a Grade C at GCSE in Year 11 to resit the course in the sixth form. Sam will be bringing together all of the subjects in the new Numeracy Area of Learning to ensure close collaboration which will support our students to develop their mathematical skills in a fully rounded manner which is based on theoretical learning and practical applications.

In Numeracy teachers strive to maximise the mathematical potential of every student. The delivery of consistently high quality lessons that will enable students to appreciate and enjoy numeracy is a crucial part of achieving this. Students are encouraged to speak to staff when they require extra help at any time of the day. All of the subjects make extensive use of e-learning platforms to support student progress.