Simon Cowell to Highgate headteacher: ‘Looks don’t matter in showbusiness’

It’s lucky Highgate headteacher Adam Pettitt can take a joke at his own expense.

Last year, then-education secretary Michael Gove compared the diminutive Highgate School headmaster to Kylie Minogue.

And now world famous X Factor judge and music mogul Simon Cowell has also given him a ribbing at the launch of a retail work experience scheme at the school.

Mr Pettitt turned talk-show host at the glittering launch party last Wednesday to interview Mr Cowell on what it takes to be successful.

But he was met with a cheeky response after asking if looks still matter in showbusiness.

Mr Cowell told him: “No, I liked you as soon as I met you.”

Mr Pettitt appeared to have taken fashion advice on the night from Topshop boss Sir Philip Green, with whom he helped launch the scheme.

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He was dressed head to toe in a snappy suit from Topshop, and quipped he could be the store’s most unlikely new model.