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Director of Sport: Gareth James BSc Hons/PGCE

Gareth James’s first love is cricket; at university Mr James captained the Cambridge MCCU programme and he has competed in 13 first class matches and the C&G 'A List' Trophy with Essex County Cricket Club.  Mr James also played first class cricket as an overseas professional in Colombo and Sri Lanka.

In 2007 Mr James completed his PGCE at Exeter University in Physical Education. Following which he returned to Essex to take up the role of MiC Cricket at Ilford County High and then Head of Cricket at New Hall School, Chelmsford, Essex where he also taught and coached Hockey and Rugby.

During this time Mr James spent eight years with Essex County Cricket Club’s youth development programme taking the lead coaching role with various sides including the U10 and U13s including four years spent with the U17 XI. Mr James also became a coach on the Emerging Players and Academy Programme, and assisted with the 2nd XI. His highest honours came when assisting the Essex CCC 1st XI throughout the Natwest T20 Blast and Royal London Cup campaigns in 2015/16 and the England U17 (London & South) side.

Mr James joined Mount Kelly as Director of Sport in September 2016.

Our Sporting Ethos

Here at Mount Kelly we aim to provide a sporting environment where by every pupil has the opportunity to achieve their potential. We want each student to find a sport they enjoy enough to pursue after leaving school. We strive for excellence both in performance and attitude, and cater for everyone – regardless of ability – by providing first class coaching, facilities and opportunities to train and compete.

At the heart of our framework are our core values; Respect, Commitment, Teamwork, Sportsmanship and Humility. We pride ourselves on the ability to learn from every sporting experience and enjoying sport across the Foundation.

Our 'major' sports are as follows (further information can be found on these below)

Michaelmas Term: Boys Rugby/Girls Hockey

Lent Term: Boys Hockey and Football/Girls Netball

Summer Term: Boys Cricket/Girls Tennis & Athletics

As well as the above our pupils are offered a fantastic range of opportunities throughout our games programme where they receive 3 sessions per week making use of the outstanding facilities that we have here at Mount Kelly.


Sport plays a significant role at the Prep and the school enjoys a high level of sporting success, with some students having gone onto National and International honours.

Whilst developing children’s performance is a key focus, each child is taught the importance of teamwork, good sportsmanship and fair-play. The Prep aims to create opportunities for every child to enjoy the benefits of sport and an active, healthy lifestyle.

The school aims to provide the children with the best possible environment that will enable them to reach their full potential and appreciate the value of 'sport for life'.

Sport at the Prep is designed not simply to improve fitness, but also to develop the qualities of teamwork and leadership. There are regular cricket, rugby, football, hockey, rounders, netball, athletics, cross country, and squash fixtures with a variety of schools including regional and local prep and junior schools. Fixtures are followed by a post-match tea, where children from both teams eat together to encourage a mature attitude to winning and losing, and encourage proper sporting companionship.

The School has first-class facilities, including an all-weather pitch, grass pitches for rugby, football, cricket and rounders, a 700m square metre indoor sports hall with two squash courts, indoor training centre and mezzanine viewing gallery, indoor and outdoor cricket nets, a cross-country course, two netball courts, a nine-hole golf course and a heated outdoor swimming pool. The indoor sports facilities enable all-weather participation in hockey, tennis, squash, basketball, volleyball, netball, football and climbing.

The children also have access to the facilities at the College including the 50m and 25m indoor pools and the all-weather pitch. 

We are located on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, this provides an excellent facility for our keen cross-country runners.

Physical Education

At the Prep we strive to provide a high quality PE programme, delivered by specialist staff, which provides positive learning experiences for all and which inspires and encourages an active and healthy approach to life.

Course Content

Children are taught in their form groups and the curriculum is broad and balanced with a key theme of skill development running through all the activities listed below:

  • Invasion Games
  • Net and Wall Games
  • Athletics
  • Cross Country
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • Health and Fitness
Fixture List

Click the below link to see the list of fixtures for this week.