Dr Bernard Trafford MA (Oxon) MEd PhD (Birmingham) FRSA
Dr Bernard Trafford retired from the Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School in August 2017 after nine years as its Head. He was previously Head of Wolverhampton Grammar School (1990-2008). He read music at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where he was Organ Scholar, and started teaching music at High Wycombe's Royal Grammar School.
He was 2007-9 Chairman of HMC, the organisation of some 300 UK and international British-style independent schools that includes most of the best in the world. He was an elected independent schools representative on the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) 1995-2006, chairing variously its Equal Opportunities and Publications committees. Over the years he has served as a trustee of several educational and/or musical charities.
Dr Trafford has published books and articles on school democracy and student voice (the area of his 1996 doctoral research) and has advised both the UK government and the Council of Europe on education for democratic citizenship. Nowadays he is a prolific blogger and columnist and a regular contributor to the online Tes (Times Educational Supplement).
He tries to keep fit by running and loves walking in the hills of Northumberland where he and his wife, Katherine, have a cottage. Their two daughters are both teachers.