Surbiton High School – Rowing Coach

Surbiton High School is a friendly and vibrant community where people matter, results count and where a passion for excellence drives everything we do. Our inspirational staff are dedicated to creating an intellectually rigorous and challenging academic environment, making Surbiton High School a place where a passion and energy abound, a school with a real heart and soul, where we look beyond the A* to offer a breadth of opportunity which allows every pupil and staff member to flourish.

Job Purpose: The role will involve a range of coaching duties throughout the week and will play an important part in the continued development of the Boat Club. Weekend working will be required as well as attending rowing events and training camps.

Tenure: Casual up to 30 hours per week, Monday to Saturday. You may also be required to work additional for events and training camps as well as Sundays on occasion.

Coaching Responsibilities

  • To work across all squads from WJ13 to WJ18, with an emphasis on Wj13, 14 and 15
  • To coach and lead a training session, focusing on every individual
  • To record and monitor rower’s records of assessment and report on individual rower progress, which will include racing and training data, ergo scores, water results and registers
  • To work with the Head of Rowing and colleagues to improve the rowing performance
  • To coach and develop sculling and sweep rowing within the Surbiton technical model
  • To follow set training plans created by a lead coach or Head of Rowing and work within the team to create training plans
  • To provide training session feedback to a lead coach or Head of Rowing
  • To supervise pupils during each session and outing, and monitor the correct usage of the equipment
  • To assist with the running of land training sessions; ergos, strength and conditioning etc
  • To attend rowing races and events
  • To manage rowing squads at events
  • To assist in trailer loading/unloading, to attend regattas and head races and to assist in transport, rigging and all other organisation related to such events
  • To prepare rowing sessions; getting launches ready, and boats on and off the water
  • To attend training camps and holiday training

Boats, Equipment and Launches

  • To supervise the racking and removal of equipment from the boathouse to minimise damage
  • To assist in maintaining the quality of boats and equipment
  • To assist with the rigging of boats


  • To ensure attendance registers are completed
  • To actively monitor SOCS and the rowing calendar and edit if required


  • To drive a minibus and tow a trailer
  • To assist in the transport of boats to from events; helping with the loading and unloading of boats and all associated equipment as well as rigging and de-rigging boats
  • To assist with pupils travelling to and from training

Other Responsibilities 

  • To assist with general day to day running of the boathouse, its fleet of boats and associated equipment
  • To keep the boathouse and training venues in a neat and orderly condition as determined by the Head of Rowing
  • To support the Head of Rowing in the internal and external vision of Surbiton Rowing
  • To raise the profile of rowing within SHS and in the community
  • To carry out any further duties which the Head of Rowing sees fit providing that such duties are appropriate to this role and sport at Surbiton

Person Specification

The successful candidate will be likely to fit the following profile:


  • British Rowing Level 2 Coaching would be beneficial, or a willingness to undertake a Level 2 Coaching Course
  • RYA Level 2 Powerboat would be beneficial
  • First Aid would be beneficial


  • Have a good knowledge of rowing/sculling technique and be able to communicate this to athletes
  • Have a vision for and the ability to translate the Surbiton High School strategy into reality
  • The ability to work as part of a team in a successful and dynamic School and rowing programme
  • Good communication, organisational, administrative and ICT skills
  • Excellent planning skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritise effectively


  • Experience of rowing coaching in an educational setting would be preferable
  • A proven track record of demonstrable training and race success with young people
  • Proven record of coaching both rowing both sculling and sweep to a range of age groups
  • Experience of coaching junior rowers would be advantageous
  • Experience of operating professionally and safely within a Rowing environment
  • Possess good judgment and sound knowledge of the river Thames
  • Experience of collaborating with colleagues and working as part of a team
  • Confidence and creativity in working with large squads of varying abilities in changeable conditions
  • Rowing boat rigging

Personal Qualities and Attitudes

  • A passion for rowing
  • Personal warmth to gain the confidence of pupils, staff and parents
  • High standards of personal presence and presentation and attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate concisely and sensitively, both orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences
  • A strong work ethic, flexibility and a healthy sense of humour
  • Positive, enthusiastic and energetic approach to life, with a can-do attitude
  • Committed to the Surbiton High School’s ethos
  • Committed to representing the strategic vision for the School
  • Ambitious and aspirational for oneself and for the School and the boat club
  • Committed to professional development and show a willingness to undertake appropriate training for this role

Surbiton High School is culturally diverse and fully committed to celebrating, respecting and learning about inclusion and diversity throughout the community.

Surbiton High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Please note that the School reserves the right to appoint at any stage during the recruitment process.

United Learning

Surbiton High School is part of United Learning, a large, and growing, group of schools aiming to offer a life changing education to children and young people across England.

Our schools work as a team and achieve more by sharing than any single school could. Our subject specialists, our Group-wide intranet, our own curriculum and our online learning portal all help us share knowledge and resource, helping to simplify work processes and manage workloads for an improved work-life balance.

As a Group, we can reward our staff better: with good career opportunities, better pay, benefits, and ultimately, the satisfaction of helping children to succeed. We invest in our staff wellbeing. Our academies each have at least eight INSET days per year (with three of those solely dedicated to planning), and an ongoing group-wide wellbeing programme. It’s an ethos we call ‘the best in everyone’.

We are working hard to become a more diverse organisation – which is key to our commitment to bringing out the best in everyone. We welcome applications from everyone committed to this ethos and would particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates, who are currently under-represented in the Group as a whole. We always appoint on merit. We are open to discussing flexible working options.

For any queries relating to the role or your application, please email [email protected].

Apply for the role here.

Salary: Competitive

Application Dates: From Monday 20th June 2022 to Thursday 30th June 2022

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