Dr Bernard Trafford joined the RGS as Headmaster in September 2008. He 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, and moved to become head of department at Wolverhampton Grammar School in 1981, having just married his wife Katherine. In 1987 he became head of sixth form at WGS and, in 1990, became its Head. He is a member of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), and was its Chairman in 2007-9. He regularly speaks and writes about education, particularly focusing on leadership, creativity, personal development, democracy, school/student councils and children’s rights. Music remains a favoured occupation for his spare time: he composes, sings, and plays the trumpet. He tries to keep fit by running and loves walking in the hills of Northumberland where he and Katherine have a cottage. Their two daughters graduated from university in 2007.