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Bernard Trafford

Dr Bernard Trafford was educated at Downside School in Somerset and then read Music at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He started teaching music at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe (for boys aged 12-18), and moved to Wolverhampton as a head of department at Wolverhampton Grammar School in 1981, having just married his wife Katherine. In 1987 he became head of sixth form at the Grammar School and, in 1990, became its Head. In September 2008 he will leave Wolverhampton to take up the Headship of the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne. He is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC) and is its 2007/2008 Chairman. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Commerce and Manufactures (RSA) and Chair of Trustees of School Councils UK.

As HMC is gradually taking up more of his time, he has recently stepped down, after many years, from being an elected representative for independent schools on the Council of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), Chair of youngchoirs (now SingUK), and a Trustee of the National Schools Symphony Orchestra.

Bernard regularly speaks and writes about education, particularly focusing on leadership, personal development, democracy, school/student councils and children’s rights.

Music remains a favoured occupation for his spare time: he composes, sings, plays the trumpet and enjoys playing jazz with a group of old friends: the band - formed when Bernard and his friends were at Oxford - has been together for 30 years. He tries to keep fit by cycling and running, loves walking in the hills of Northumberland (where he and Katherine have a cottage) and is addicted to classic American detective fiction. Their two daughters graduated from university in 2007.

More information can be found on Bernard's website www.bernardtrafford.com.