United Learning

  • Kingston Upon Thames
Job Purpose: To inspire, encourage and empower our pupils to achieve their very best with their Tennis

Reporting Line: Head of Tennis

Start Date: September 2018

Tenure: Full time, term time – occasional weekend, overnight and holiday work will be required for the larger tournaments

Surbiton High School requires a passionate and motivated coach to join the team and assist in the growth of our Tennis Programme. The role will involve working with Surbiton High Girls’ Preparatory School and Surbiton High Boys’ Preparatory School, running mini tennis curriculum sessions and squads. Following through into the Senior School squads, after school clubs and sessions with tennis scholars.

Key Responsibilities:

To assist the Head of Tennis in coaching and the promotion of the Tennis Programme at Surbiton High School
To increase the number of pupils playing tennis – particularly in the preparatory schools
By providing high quality, enjoyable tennis lessons and coaching sessions
By offering taster sessions, internal competitions, tennis matches
To improve the performance of school tennis teams
Assisting with tennis matches, squad training and clubs throughout the year
Scouting for and attracting high performers
To raise the profile of tennis within SHS and in the community
Publicise successes and achievements in assemblies, website, newsletter and local press
Ensure tennis is delivered throughout the year in all 3 schools
To develop more internal competition among pupils
Class/Year group competitions
House competitions
Charity tournaments
Parent child tournaments

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

LTA Level 2 (strong level 1 also considered) coaching qualification or equivalent
LTA accredited or willing to work towards it
Evidence of further relevant professional development
The ability to inspire, motivate and support pupils and colleagues in a successful and dynamic school
Strong playing standard Essential
A proven track record of delivering on tennis performance
Experience of playing or hitting at the highest level
Evidence of successful, inspiring and innovative coaching at all levels
Experience of collaborating with colleagues
Up-to-date knowledge of successful and innovative teaching within a tennis background and the latest curriculum developments and initiatives
High levels of personal and professional integrity and an ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality
Personal warmth to gain the confidence of pupils, staff and parents
Ability to communicate concisely and sensitively, both orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences
Positive, enthusiastic and energetic approach to life
High expectations for pupil attainment, personal development and conduct

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.

For any queries relating to the role or your application, please email