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Aydin Onac is the son of a Turk from a village on the slopes of Mount Ararat.

He won a scholarship to study at Sheffield University and married an English teacher from Derbyshire.

He was born in the Peak District, attended Lady Manners school (head boy, of course)

and then went to London and studied at the Royal College of Music.


He was a concert pianist for ten years and also a rugby player.

He went on to teaching after gaining a maths degree from UCL.


Up until his recent retirement he was Head Teacher at the prestigious St Olave's Grammar school in Orpington which has an outstanding record of academic excellence, consistently showing around 95% of A level results at A*/B grades.

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