The following are the main characters of the novel To Sir, with Love by E. R. Braithwaite:
Ricardo Braithwaite: Ricardo, who is also referred to as “Rick,” is the main character in the story. He was formerly an engineer before joining the air force during World War II. After the war, he tries to find work but is subjected to racial discrimination. However, he does not despair, and he eventually lands a job as a teacher. His students are semiliterate and do not show much interest in learning. He turns to unconventional methods of teaching by allowing students to visit museums and decide what topics they want to discuss. This approach becomes popular with the students, and they end up loving Ricardo Braithwaite.
Mrs. Grace Dale-Evans: Mrs. Dale-Evans is a teacher in charge of the domestic science department and introduces Braithwaite to other teachers. She is a staunch advocate for cleanliness among her students. She even cleans the staff lounge and helps one of the students to bathe after the student is neglected by her mother.
Alex Florian: Florian is the school headmaster and is described as small with large eyes and a head full of white, curly hair. He welcomes Braithwaite into his office when Braithwaite first reports to the school. Florian outlines the various circumstances surrounding his students and gives his word that he will not interfere with Braithwaite as long as he operates within the outlined guidelines.
Miss Gillian Blanchard: Miss Blanchard is the newest among the teachers and the prettiest of them all. She volunteers to accompany the students on their various trips. Gillian and Braithwaite become close and fall in love. At first, Gillian’s parents disapprove of their relationship, but the two later get engaged.
Pamela Dare: Pamela is a girl who runs into Braithwaite in the hallway. She is one of the cleanest and neatest students in the class. When Mr. Braithwaite asks for someone to read for the boy who was making fun in class, she volunteers. She is quite eloquent, which makes other students not want to read after her.
Miss Vivienne Clintridge: Everyone refers to Miss Clintridge as “Clinty.” She is an art teacher with a kind heart. She brings Braithwaite a cup of tea and wants to know how he fared in class. She also tells Mr. Braithwaite that most of the students come from homes that experience a lot of violence, which makes many of them disobedient.