St James is undoubtedly a ‘Rugby school’. Rugby provides the largest variety of opportunities for a pupil to develop his physical literacy within a sporting context at the same time as learning the importance of discipline that is at the very core of the game. Pupils will learn all the tools of the trade that can then be translated into other sporting arenas such as running and evasion skills, catching, passing and kicking skills as well as the Rugby specific contact skills of tackling, rucking, mauling and scrummaging. It is played throughout the school in both the autumn and spring terms and once the basics have been mastered there is plenty of opportunity for competition, whatever the standard, through the House Cup, inter-school fixtures, County competitions and National Cups.
St James have seen teams in 4 County Cup finals in the last 5 years and have fielded 11 competitive teams in strong fixture lists which include the 1st XV ‘Super 8’ Cup, the U15 NatWest National Schools Cup, the Middlesex Cup and challenging friendly matches against local independent and state schools.
In the Spring Term, the school’s emphasis turns to the 7-a-side version of the game which is taught in lessons from Christmas onwards. Rugby Sevens offers very different challenges to the 15-a-side game and pupils will focus on mastering these skills before ‘Seven’s Season’ which takes place after the February half term and sees each age group field teams in at least 2 tournaments including county and national competitions.