Cross Country is one of the core sports in Years 7 and 8 during the Autumn and Spring Terms where pupils lay down and build on foundations of endurance. The intention is that pupils learn self-discipline, self-motivation and self-awareness in an ability-streamed environment where each individual is pushed to find and push through his limits.
The Cross Country programme has two major purposes in the Physical Education curriculum; firstly to improve each and every pupil’s base levels of fitness to enable them to access the Options programme in Year 9 and secondly to give the better endurance athletes a platform on which they can compete.
There is a House competition which informs selection for the regional and national events that the Cross Country squad compete in. In recent years St James has seen 3 pupils be selected to represent Surrey at cross country and has had a series of regional and national medals, most notably the U13 clean sweep of medals at the 2013 ISA regional athletics.