School principal denies using work email to contact escort in school uniform

The principal denies sending the email from the school address
The principal denies sending the email from the school address

A headteacher in England is reportedly under investigation amid allegations he used his work email to arrange to meet an escort dressed in a schoolgirl uniform.

David Nicholson, principal of The Costello School in Basingstoke, Hampshire, said he is "mortified" by the claims and disputes them, the Sun newspaper reported.

The paper said Mr Nicholson, who took up his role at the school last year, sent a message to an escort saying: "I love this" when she suggested dressing up like a schoolgirl, later adding that he was "looking forward to putting u over my knee" (sic).

The headmaster and Ofsted inspector, who describes himself as a husband and father on his Twitter account, then cancelled the meeting with the escort and her colleague, the paper said.

Carol Bode, head of the school's governors, said she would be working with the board of governors to investigate and would take any action "deemed necessary".

She added that Mr Nicholson, who the paper reported has not been suspended, is seeking legal advice.

He said: "I'm mortified by the allegations. I am disputing them. Until I know the full details of what is alleged I can't comment further."

Leigh Adams, head of school, said: "At the moment the school are following their own internal investigation procedures and until this has concluded will have no further comment."