John Claughton was educated at King Edward’s School, Birmingham and Merton College, Oxford. After brief failures as a professional cricketer and merchant banker, he became a teacher, 17 years at Eton, four as the Headmaster of Solihull School and eleven as Chief Master of his old school.
During his time as Chief Master, the school replaced A levels completely with the International Baccalaureate Diploma and raised £10m from alumni for the provision of Assisted Places. King Edward’s School was named Sunday Times IB School of the Year for 2015/2016 and won the TES independent school awards both for fund-raising and for independent/state school partnerships for its work with over 200 different junior schools. In September 2015, John was Tatler’s ‘Public School Head of Year’ and in November 2016 he was awarded the TES Independent School Lifetime Achievement Award.
He retired in July 2016, but continues to work in education in different ways, including governing at six schools, two state, three independent, one international, acting as the Development Officer for IBSCA and being Senior Counsel of Graham-Pelton Consulting.
He has also published two books for CUP, Herodotus and the Persian Wars and a translation of Aristophanes’ Clouds.