Rowing | Surbiton High School
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The ideal candidate to apply for a Rowing Scholarship will have rowed competitively for at least the last three years at a high level and would have ideally competed in finals at National events, or a finalist in a regatta, such as Wallingford or Women’s Henley. A successful candidate will be expected to race in the finals of National Schools and other National events with the aim of winning medals. You will also aspire to be a GB Rower or currently be in the GB training system. You will be a role model for younger pupils and set high standards to be aspired to in future years.

If you feel that you meet these criteria, the next stage is to complete an application by submitting a letter detailing your sporting achievements and training programme, and, where appropriate, a reference from an external coach. The referee should not be a member of the School PE Department. This must include information such as:

  • School-level representation, competitions competed, and place achieved at club level or representative level.
  • Amount of training, ranking, or awards gained.
  • Name of club your daughter represents and contact details for her coach.
  • Sporting achievements relevant to your daughter’s sport application.

All videos, photos and documents should be uploaded to the Secure Transfer File, provided by the Admissions team, with the file name as your daughter’s full name and a short descriptive title (e.g. JANE SMITH, Coach Reference).

Shortlisting of Candidates

The Head of Rowing will review each application.

Assessment for Shortlisted Candidates

Shortlisted candidates are invited to attend an assessment session. Candidates may be asked to complete a range of ergo tests including a 2,000m. You will also take part in rowing tests carried out in a single scull, which will include a time trial over a set distance between 1,000m and 2,000m along with an evaluation of technical ability. Surbiton High School staff will interact with candidates on a one-to-one basis; however, a formal interview will not be conducted.

Former Pupil to Row at Olympics 2024



Lola Anderson