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He has been recognised as one of the country’s leading head teachers whose methods have helped achieve enviable results at his schools.
Indeed such is Aydin Onac’s reputation that he was even awarded a £40,000 golden hello when he took over at one London secondary.
But his latest methods may prove a little difficult to stomach, after he stunned pupils at his new school by eating a tarantula in front of a packed assembly
Recreating the sort of stunt usually seen on reality show, I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here, Mr Onac ate the baked spider, in order to raise money for a new sports and drama centre at St Olave’s Grammar School in Orpington, Kent.
While some of his pupils delighted at seeing his discomfort during the ordeal, others were said to be upset, and at least one parent complained that it set a bad example to youngsters.
Mr Onac only took over at the highly rated St Olave’s school last month, after resigning from his previous post as head of the Fortismere School in Muswell Hill in London.
When he joined Fortismere School in 2006 he became the first head teacher in the country to receive a £40,000 signing on bonus.
But despite some initial opposition, he oversaw a significant rise in exam results, with the number of pupils achieving five good GCSEs rising from 64 to 73 per cent in just three years.
Just weeks into his new job in Orpington however his unconventional approach to running a school has threatened to divide opinion.
Mr Onac, whose school serves more than 900 boys aged between 11 and 18, said he came up with the idea of eating a poisonous spider as a way of raising sponsorship money for a new sports and drama complex.
He explained: “It wasn’t until I opened the container and saw how big it was that I started to feel very nervous.
“When all the students came into the great hall and I realised what I had let myself in for, and that there was no way out, then I really started to panic.”
He added: “It tasted quite salty, and a little bit like burnt chicken. It felt crunchy and very dry in the mouth, like eating those very dry cheese biscuits, so it was difficult to swallow.
“As I was eating it I was thinking about the quickest route to the cloakroom and whether I would still be alive by break-time.”
The spider was sourced from Cambodia, where they are farmed and eaten by locals as a delicacy, and Mr Onac has insisted its importation complied with British and EU guidelines.
The spider are usually deep fried and the cooking process negates the effects of any toxins the spider carries.
But while he has insisted the stunt was ethically sound, not everybody connected with the school is in agreement.
One parent, who did not wish to be named, said: “It's all very well raising money, but why does he have to behave as if he's taking part in I'm A Celebrity?
“Head teachers, especially ones of his calibre, should not be copying people like Jordan or Joe Swash and eating exotic animals.
“I don't care if it is responsibly sourced, if children get the wrong idea then they'll think it's OK to go around eating spiders.”
Another parent said: “I know that these spiders are farmed in Cambodia and considered a delicacy there, but we're not in Cambodia, we're in Orpington and in Orpington we don't do things like this."
But a member of the teaching staff said they were full of admiration for Mr Onac’s actions.
He said: “It was a sight that I for one never thought we would see in the great hall. We all thought he was incredibly brave.”
St Olave’s was founded in 1571 and takes boys from across south London.