By Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2010
An Ilford assistant head retired this week after 40 years at the same school.
Ray Elias, 61, has taught at Caterham High in Redbridge since qualifying in 1970.
He first taught metal work, but now takes product design, having dabbled in business studies and food technology. He has been assistant headmaster for 20 years. "Whenever I thought about moving on, I got promoted," he explained.
The South West Essex Reform Synagogue member said he had always wanted to teach.