Bernard Trafford


Dr Bernard Trafford is a writer, educationist and musician nowadays living (mostly) in Oxford but retaining a base in North Northumberland which he and his wife Katherine love with a passion. Over a period of 27 years he was headteacher of two independent schools, most recently for nine years at the Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School. For some time a regular columnist for The Journal, he now contributes his flippant thoughts as a founder-author to Voice of the North, while continuing to write on education for both the Tes (the Times Educational Supplement) and the online secondary schools’ magazine SecEd.

A musician by training, he has never stopped writing, arranging, directing, singing and playing in a variety of media: as a jazz trumpet-player he’d really like to be a mixture of Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke and Charlie Shavers.

He fails to keep fit by running and loves walking with Katherine in the hills of Northumberland. Their two daughters are both teachers.



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