About the school visits

Since 2015, Jim has visited many schools across the USA and the UK to great acclaim by the children, their parents and staff.

A school visit from JimGump is designed to have maximum and lasting impact in inspiring the entire school into being physically active every day, for life.

The visit comprises four fun elements, one of which takes place before the actual visit:

  1. Preparation of ‘home-made race numbers’ in advance of the visit (see examples in photos dotted throughout this site);
  2. On the day, an energetic, interactive and multi-layered half hour story-telling presentation talk about Jim’s amazing adventures and the benefits, physical and mental, of daily physical activity (illustrated with beautiful pictures); followed by…
  3. An exciting whole school run with Jim and a fun group photo. Jim organises the run such that he runs a few laps of the playground or field with each year group, with the whole of the rest of the school cheering and hi-fiving their schoolmates; followed by…
  4. Individual year group or class Q&A sessions to answer questions, tell more stories and reinforce the simple messages about the importance of daily physical activity.

More information on the visits can be found at the link below:

JimGump Project Information for Primary Schools Summer 2018

Some recent comments from parents and teachers…

  • ‘a brilliant storyteller and an extraordinary man’
  • ‘You inspired one little girl who hates all PE in school today, she thoroughly enjoyed herself which is a huge thing for her so thank you for taking the time to visit’
  • ‘My daughter couldn’t stop talking about your visit, you certainly made an impression on her. She kept reciting stories from you talk throughout the evening. I said to her that you sound like a lovely & interesting person & I wish I could have been at school! Reading your post confirms this, thank you for taking the time to visit them all’
  • ‘Thank you Jim. I knew your visit would be a success because of you and because of the school culture, a perfect match and it was moving to see your passion reflected in the children. I believe if you had stayed all week they would still be asking more questions!’
  • ‘My sons were buzzing with excitement after your visit, they loved it, thank you. Your words brought tears to my eyes, you sound just like my brother, who also runs. You are an inspiration’
  • ‘My boys absolutely loved your visit. My youngest boy literally overflowed with the information he absorbed from you, (he’s suspected autistic and partially sighted and can retain an enormous about of information to the finest detail) so now I feel like I was there too! My eldest boy told my husband all about it and then asked to watch Forrest Gump that evening because he wanted to understand why they call you Gump! What a wonderful thing you have done, inspiring our children the way you have. Couldn’t be more grateful.’
  • ‘I wanted to reach out to say thank you for coming to see my son and all his friends at St Vigor and St John School yesterday. … I often get very little out of my son about his day ‘good’ is pretty much all I get. Yesterday however he was unstoppable. Needless to say I felt I wanted to feed back that you are truly reaching, engaging and inspiring a generation and both my husband and I wanted to thank you for that- especially with the threat of false environments within social media.’


UK (2019)

  • St Martin’s C of E Primary School, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset
  • Roundhill Primary School, Bath, Bath and North East Somerset
  • Westrop Primary School, Highworth, Swindon
  • Sticklands Primary School, Evershot, Dorset
  • Shoscombe Primary School, Shoscombe, Bath and North East Somerset
  • Farrington Gurney, Farrington Gurney, Bath and North East Somerset
  • Ashton Vale Primary, Ashton Vale, Bristol
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Bath, Bath and North East Somerset
  • Hillcrest Primary School, Totterdown, Bristol
  • Chewton Mendip School, Chewton Mendip, Somerset
  • Castle Batch Primary, Worle, North Somerset
  • Welton Primary School, Midsomer Norton, Bath and North East Somerset
  • Chandag Infant School, Keynsham, Bath and North East Somerset
  • The Meadows Primary School, Bitton, Bath and North East Somerset
  • Venturers Academy, Bristol, Bristol
  • Mead Vale Primary, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset
  • Jump Primary, Barnsely, Wakefield
  • Healey Primary School, Batley, Kirklees
  • Ravensthorpe Primary School, Dewsbury, Kirklees
  • Moorlands Primary School, Huddersfield, Kirklees
  • Shield Road Primary, Northville, South Gloucestershire

UK (2018)

  • St Nicholas Primary School, Radstock, Bath and North East Somerset
  • Westbury on Trym Academy, Bristol
  • The Mendip School, Prestleigh, Mendip
  • North Cadbury Primary School, North Cadbury, South Somerset
  • Leigh on Mendip First School, Leigh on Mendip, Mendip
  • St Vigor and St John School, Chilcompton, Mendip
  • Bailey’s Court Primary School, Bradley Stoke, South Gloucestershire
  • St Mary’s Primary School, Timsbury, Bath and North East Somerset
  • Castle Primary School, Tiverton, Devon
  • Mary Elton School, Clevedon, North Somerset
  • Stoke Gabriel Primary School, Totnes, Devon
  • Holy Trinity Primary School, Bradley Stoke, South Gloucestershire
  • Fosseway, Westfield, Bath and North East Somerset
  • Mountyjoy, Beaminster, Dorset
  • Watermore Primary School, Frampton Cotterell, South Gloucestershire
  • Oakhill Primary School, Oakhill, Mendip

UK (2017)

  • Beckington Primary School, Beckington, Somerset.
  • Mells Primary School, Mells, Somerset.
  • St John’s Primary School, Midsomer Norton, Bath and North East Somerset.
  • Yatton Primary School, Yatton, North Somerset.
  • Rowanfield Primary School, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
  • Westfield Primary School, Westfield, Bath and North East Somerset.
  • Abermule Community Primary School, Abermule, Powys, Wales, UK
  • Peasedown St John Primary School, Peasedown St John, Bath and North East Somerset.
  • Long Ashton Primary School, Long Ashton, Bristol.
  • Almondsbury Primary School, Almondsbury, Bristol, South Gloucestershire.
  • Portishead Primary School, Portishead, North Somerset.
  • Midsomer Norton Primary School, Midsomer Norton, Bath and North East Somerset.
  • St Mary’s Primary School, Writhlington, Bath and North East SomersetEngland, UK
  • Clutton Primary School, Clutton, Bath and North East Somerset.,
  • Longerval Primary School, Midsomer Norton, Bath and North East Somerset.
  • St Cuthbert’s Primary School, Wells, Somerset.
  • Wookey Primary School, Wookey, Somerset.
  • Kilmersdon Primary School, Kilmersdon, Somerset.
  • St Benedict’s Primary School, Glastonbury, Somerset.
  • Oldfield Park Junior School, Bath, Bath and North East Somerset.
  • Camely Primary School, Temple Cloud, Bath and North East Somerset.
  • Anerley Primary School, London, London.
  • St Martin’s Garden Primary School, Bath, Bath and North East Somerset.
  • Meadows First School, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.
  • Parkside Middle School, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.
  • Paxcroft School, Trowbridge, Wiltshire.
  • St Nicholas Chantry School, Clevedon, North Somerset.
  • Waingroves Primary School, Ripley, Derbyshire.

USA (2016 / 2017)

  • Ed White Elementary School, El Lago
  • British International School, Katy.  Read what the BISH had to say about Jim’s visit
  • Ault Elementary School, Cypress
  • Woodcreek Elementary School, Katy
  • Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston
  • Ingram Elementary School
  • Boys and Girls Club of America
  • Eldorado Elementary School
  • Fort Concho Elementary School
  • Village School Houston
  • British International School, South Loop, Chicago
  • A short film of Jim’s visit to BIS, South Loop Chicago
  • British International School, Lincoln Park, Chicago
  • Nord Anglia International School, New York
  • British International School of Boston
  • British International School of Washington
  • British International School of Charlotte
  • North Broward Preparatory School
  • Windermere Preparatory School
  • Peabody Elementary School, Denver, Co
  • The Classical Academy
  • Pinon Valley Elementary
  • Trailblazer Elementary School
  • Carthay Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA
  • Lockwood Elementary School,
  • Dorris Place Elementary School
  • Santa Monica Blvd Elementary School
  • Crestview Elementary School, Simi  Valley, CA

Jim with the children of Woodcreek Elementary, Katy, TX


Ault Elementary welcomes JimGump


Schools visited in the UK in 2016,  and close on 4000 children, were:

  • Bishops Henderson Primary School, Coleford, Somerset (2015)
  • St Michael’s School, Stoke Gifford, Bristol
  • St Peter’s School, South Croydon
  • St George’s School,  Semington, Wiltshire
  • Tynings,  Staple Hill, Bristol
  • High Littleton Primary School, High Littleton
  • Hemington Primary, Hemington
  • St Benedicts, Glastonbury (Jim’s Alma Mater!)
  • Pensford Primary, Pensford
  • All Saints, Weston, Bath
  • Writhlington School, Writhlington
  • Emerson’s Green, Bristol
  • Stoke Lodge Primary, Bristol
  • Stoke Gifford Pre-School, Bristol
  • Trinity School, Frome
  • Mells School, Mells, Frome
  • Holt Primary, Holt, Wiltshire
  • Long Ashton Primary, Bristol

All of Jim’s school visits have elicited wonderful responses from all involved… in the UK and the USA.

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A race number made by a child for a school visit

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