John Claughton studied Classics and played cricket at Oxford and, after brief and unsuccessful times in professional cricket and merchant banking, he became a teacher, first at Bradfield College and then for 17 years at Eton College, where he was Master in charge of cricket for 11 years and then a House Master for four years. He became Headmaster of Solihull School in 2001 and was the Chief Master of King Edward’s School, Birmingham, where he was educated, from 2006 to 2016.
During his tenure, the school introduced the International Baccalaureate Diploma for all the Sixth Form students and was the Sunday Times’ IB School of the Year in 2015. However, the main achievement was the raising of £10m for Assisted Places and the development of an Outreach programme which worked with over 200 state schools. In 2015 King Edward’s School won the TES independent schools award for independent/state school partnerships. In the same year John was chosen as Tatler’s Public School Head of the Year and in 2016 he won the TES Independent Schools Lifetime Achievement Award.
In his retirement he works for International Baccalaureate and is a Senior Counsel at Graham-Pelton Consulting.