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Inspiring teacher retires at 71

Published on 02 April 2013

An A Level maths tutor who inspired students to succeed retired from Newham College, last week (28 March).

Charlie Carter, 71, from Wanstead, said goodbye to staff and students at a special event at the Stratford Campus after 40 years of service.

Charlie began at East Ham Technical College in 1972 and moved to Newham College’s campus in Stratford in 1995. He continued to teach part-time after turning 66-years-old in 2008.

Campus Executive Director, Conchita Henry said: “Tutors should have dedication and skills but what Charlie has is out of this world. No one can remember you having a day off since you started here.

“You’re someone who knows their craft. The result of your last year was wonderful. There was a 100% pass rate in Maths and students said they could get through their A Levels because of Charlie.

“I want to thank you for all the students and tutors who relied on you. I’m sorry that this College will no longer have you.”

At the event, staff spoke about their memoires of Charlie. They mentioned three students who called themselves ‘Charlie’s Angels’ because he inspired them to achieve. They said he was so dedicated that, one day, he went into college despite the fact that a lorry had literally knocked him off his bike.

Many of his students have gone on to university. One of them, Lamon French, 20, attended the farewell to thank Charlie for helping him start an economics degree at East Anglia University.

Lamon said: “I came to Newham College with a grade-C in Maths but wanted to go to university. It was down to Charlie’s support that I got an A and did that.”

Charlie said: “I must have taught about 4,000 students and they were just about all lovely youngsters, and one or two oldies! I loved teaching A Level Mathematics and especially to the students we have at Newham College.

“I feel I have been blessed to have worked here for so long and I thank all my former student and colleagues for the support and friendship they have shown me.