Parents at £16,470-a-year girls’ school told not to spend more than £50 on Christmas presents for teachers

A £16,470-a-year private girls’ school has urged parents to cap spending on Christmas gifts for teachers at £50 to avoid putting them in an ‘awkward position’. The Daily Mail reports.

St Helen and St Katharine Independent Girls’ School in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, has told staff they cannot accept any cash or gifts worth more than £50 from a pupil.

Teachers at the school, whose alumni include Samantha Cameron, are also banned from accepting vouchers worth more than £100 from a group of students.

A letter was sent to parents on November 23 to set out a ‘number of restrictions’ on what teachers can accept, reported Schools Week.

Mr Eley told MailOnline: ‘Our staff policy has been in place for a number of years and no concerns have ever arisen over this matter. We have issued a letter to parents to provide clarity and to prevent placing staff or parents in an awkward position.”

But Janita Gray, a senior editor at the Good Schools Guide, told Schools Week that the letter was ‘joyless’ and the £50 limit could actually put pressure on parents. ‘The implication is that it’s some kind of bribe, but what realistically would you hope to achieve by that?’

Ms Gray added that she had heard of parents giving teachers designer handbags, pheasants and dinner at top restaurants – as well as used toiletries.

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