Director of Swimming - Repton School

Posted on November 25, 2019


The Director of Swimming will have an extraordinary opportunity to build Repton Swimming from the ground up, as we aim to become a nationally and internationally recognised club. 

Utilising facilities at both Repton & Foremarke Hall, key to the success of the role will be the ability to build a recognisable brand increasing overall community membership through ‘Learn to swim’ and ‘Community’ swim programmes, whilst ensuring our performance swimmers receive the quality of coaching to enable them to compete successfully in national and international school and club competitions.

Our success in creating a national brand and being recognised as a centre of excellence will support both the commercial activity of the School as we start to offer residential swimming camps for UK and overseas swimmers, as well as our pupil admissions strategy. The Director of Swimming will therefore be responsible for the leadership, management and performance of the full offering of the Repton Swimming Programme.

Working closely with the Chief Development & Commercial Officer and the wider Enterprise Team, the Director of Swimming will play a key role in developing the broader swimming based offering encompassing:

  • Learn to Swim programmes
  • Residential swimming camps
  • Community swimming club
  • One-off events such as Triathlons


We are looking to recruit a suitably qualified, enthusiastic and energetic Director of Swimming who is able to lead the provision and management of Performance and Community Swimming. S/he will provide effective leadership, and have the management skills to deliver the aims for Repton Swimming within a clear timeframe. 

The aims of the Repton Swimming Programme are as follows:

  • Develop the most successful swimming programme in the country
  • Build Repton Swimming within the school and community to create a leading brand within school and club swimming, generating a strong membership across both spheres
  • Ensure a world-class coaching regime that meets the needs of all our swimmers
  • Take a balanced long-term view on individuals’ swimming development and ensure that the
  • Maintain first-class facilities, including the pool, strength and conditioning suite and a fully- equipped gym
  • Support a holistic and well-balanced education for all our swimmers
  • Promote the activities, ethos and values of performance swimming within the School, ensuring that all pupils at Repton appreciate the qualities required for success


The successful candidate is likely to have a sports-related degree and evidence of a successful coaching career to date.


• Proven track record of successful coaching

• Sports Science degree or similar would be an advantage

• Proven ability to progress regional and national level swimmers

• Experience of multi-disciplinary performance sport coaching would be an advantage but is not essential

• An understanding of the commercial aspects of sports clubs would be an advantage but is not



• Knowledge of current coaching methodology

• Understanding of effective pastoral care

• Knowledge and understanding of independent school sport provision would be an advantage but not essential

Skills & Abilities

• Strong communication and interpersonal skills

• The ability to manage a growing team

• Clarity of thought

• Excellent organisational skills

• Willingness to take action to confront issues and overcome problems

• Ability to create and maintain strong, supportive relationships with staff, parents/carers, pupils and the community

• Ability to analyse and interpret data to judge and improve the effectiveness of coaching

• Ability to inspire, motivate and support others

• Ability to be innovative, creative and tenacious

Personal & Professional Qualities

• Willingness to be fully involved in the life of a busy boarding school

• Aspirational and empathetic, with a genuine belief in the potential of every pupil

• Resilient, determined, pragmatic

• Persuasive and influential

• An effective and collaborative team player

• Flexible and resourceful


The post comes with a highly attractive remuneration package, including the following:

• Competitive salary

• On-site accommodation

• School fee discount for children

• Membership of contributory pension scheme

• Generous annual leave


Candidates should submit an application form and submit a CV and covering letter outlining their suitability for the post, to Cerys Butts, HR Manager, Repton School, Repton, Derbyshire, DE65 6FH or via email 

Application forms are available from 

• Closing date for applications: Friday December 6 at 18.00

• Interviews: Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 December

• Start date: Early 2020 - however, we are prepared to wait to secure an outstanding candidate

Repton and Foremarke are committed to safeguarding and promoting he welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be required to undertake a criminal record check via the DBS.

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