King’s College School, Wimbledon –

King’s is an extremely sought-after school with outstanding academic results and a vibrant co-curriculum. It strives to appoint able, committed, and compassionate colleagues to help ensure every child at the school achieves their best. Overlooking Wimbledon Common, the school is situated in one of the most attractive parts of south-east England and benefits from exceptional grounds and facilities.

This is an exciting opportunity for a competent Rowing coach to play a key role coaching competitive students at one of the country’s leading boy’s schools. You will support the director of Rowing in the over-all running of the Boathouse, specifically (but not exclusively) with our J16 and J18 year groups.

The successful candidate will have experience in a similar role. Competence in coaching Rowing at a young level on a tidal river would be an advantage, as would holding and RYA L2 powerboat qualification and British Rowing qualification. They will support the Rowing programme at King’s College School both on site at Putney/Wimbledon and at events and training camps. They will be supported by the director of Rowing and will have on-site assistance from the other highly experienced coaching staff. Consistent weekend availability will be essential.

Coaching Responsibilities:

There will be an expectation to attend regattas and head races and assist with the equipment required at such events. A sound understanding of rowing and sculling technique is required as well as an ability and to be able to demonstrate key aspects of rigging. Attendance at training camps will be necessary and there will be a requirement to act as loco parentis for groups whilst on away-events. Assisting the director of Rowing with the day to day administration of the club is also an integral part of this role.

Health and Safety Responsibilities:

  • To assist with the risk assessments throughout the boat club
  • To ensure that safety at the boathouse is of paramount importance and also while away at events
  • To ensure that all communications equipment is operational and compliant
  • To adhere to the School’s H&S and Staff Behaviour policies and procedures
  • To administer basic first aid to pupils wherever required during the working day, dealing with any basic accidents, reporting incidents and liaising with School’s Nursing Team when needed (training will be provided)
  • Be responsible for the welfare of children and young people for whom s/he is responsible, or with whom s/he comes into contact with.
  • To adhere to and ensure compliance with the School’s Safeguarding Policy and Procedures at all times

Person Specification

  • The successful candidate is likely to be able to demonstrate the following skills, qualifications and competencies:
  • A commitment to the Safeguarding and wellbeing of pupils
  • A high level of competence in rowing and/or coaching
  • A specialist sports and/or relevant British Rowing coaching qualification and RYA L2 Powerboat Qualification or significant coaching experience on tidal water
  • Experience of working with children or young people
  • Awareness of Health and Safety issues (First Aid training will be provided)
  • A warm, cheerful and well-presented person, capable of inspiring confidence in pupils and parents
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • An ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • A clean driving licence is desirable and medical fitness is essential.

Training will be provided for the right candidate to attain the correct qualification for a variety of aspects within the role.

Working hours:

The working hours will vary from year to year, and will be determined by the needs of the school timetable and pupil interest in rowing.

Competitive hourly rate plus excellent benefits

Holiday duties and events:

There will be an expectation to coach during school holidays, at events and head of the river races. During this time, there will be a variety of groups training and competing. Session timings and duties will be confirmed for each occasion but could include training camps. An additional weekly allowance will be calculated to allow for these commitments.

Required: as soon as possible


  • Competitive hourly rate
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Programme of health benefits
  • Free lunch in the Dining Hall during term-time
  • Membership of the King’s Sports Club

To apply for this role, please register your details online via our website (under useful information / career opportunities). Once you have registered your details with us, you can apply for vacancies by logging into the candidate area using your email address and chosen password.

Closing date: Thursday 27th April 2023 at 9am

Early applications are welcome – the interview process may be staged and we may to choose to appoint prior to the closing date.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. King’s

College School is fully committed to the principles of equality, diversity and inclusivity in its recruitment of teaching and support staff.

Application Dates: From Thursday 13th April 2023 to Thursday 13th April 2023

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