John Taylor’s career in education has embraced five continents and spans more than 30 years. Starting in Staffordshire, he became Head of Music at Weston Road High School before moving to Dubai, as part of the team which set up the highly regarded Rashid School. Subsequently, he has been Principal/CEO of eight top international schools in New York, Shanghai, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Doha, Dubai, Alexandria and Abu Dhabi. All these schools operated UK or International Baccalaureate curricula. In 2008, John was appointed a Director of GEMS Education in Dubai, before joining the WCL Group as Founding Head of the WCL Academy in New York.
John began his musical and educational career as a cathedral chorister in Durham and won a music scholarship to King’s School, Canterbury. He earned professional qualifications at the Royal Northern College of Music, Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music and London University’s Institute of Education, where he won the Sir David Hughes Parry Scholarship. He has been an active Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for over three decades.
Since the recent arrival of their first grandchild, John and his wife Dawn have made no secret of wanting to return to the UK but only for the ‘right’ posting. Pattison College is just this. From their first visit, both John and Dawn have been captivated by the charming atmosphere, the warmth of the reception they received at the College and the hugely impressive performing arts legacy, which Pattison College staff have developed through decades of hard work with talented youngsters.
John looks forward to working with the entire Pattison College community to preserve, strengthen and develop all that this exceptional school has to offer.