John Claughton was educated at King Edward’s School, Birmingham and Merton College, Oxford and, after failing as a professional cricketer and a merchant banker, he taught Classics and cricket at Bradfield College briefly and at Eton College for 17 years. After four years as Head of Solihull School, he returned in 2006 to his old school as Chief Master. During his tenure the school raised £10m from alumni for Assisted Places and became a 100% IB Diploma School. In 2015 the school was named Sunday Times IB School of the Year and won the TES award for independent/state school partnerships. In September 2015, John was chosen by Tatler as ‘Public School Head of Year’ and in November 2016 he was awarded the TES Independent Schools Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also translated (bits of) Aristophanes and Herodotus for Cambridge University Press.
- Chief Master at King Edward's School Birmingham