Bernard Trafford (cropped)
Bernard Trafford

Dr Bernard Trafford has been Headmaster of the Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School since September 2008.  He was previously head of Wolverhampton Grammar School (1990-2008) and was Chairman of HMC (the association of leading UK and international independent schools in 2007-9. 

Bernard is a Leading Thinker for the National Education Trust and writes regularly for educational papers and magazines including the Times Educational Supplement. He also writes a weekly opinion column for Newcastle’s daily paper, The Journal.

Bernard has written or contributed to several books and academic journals on education, democracy and leadership. He has advised government on Citizenship and Participation, and in 2007 co-authored (with a Swedish headteacher) a manual on the democratic governance of schools for the 49 member states of the Council of Europe (now translated into 14 languages).


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