A SCHOOL told parents not to spend more than £ 50 in gifts for teachers this Christmas.
Families are feeling increasing pressure to treat their children's teachers at Christmas and a school has been forced to set a higher spending limit after the race to impress out of control.
St Helen and St Katherine in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, argue that parents are splashing on Mulberry bags and dinners in Michelin-starred restaurants for his staff.
The Times reports that the new rules were to be implemented when teachers began to feel "embarrassed" by having received over-100 gifts from wealthy families.
There is a growing tendency for parents to dive into pockets for their child's favorite teacher at Christmas time, but most keep spending between £ 5- £ 20, according to commentators on the parents' forum Mumsnet.
Many parents on the forum also said they did not give anything.
One teacher commented that he would not want families to spend their money on gifts for them during the Narrow Christmas period.
They said: "I would be mortified if all the parents thought they had to spend £ 10 for me, over the class that would be £ 300.
"The thing I like best is a note on the Christmas card to say that their child is happy and settled."
One parent said that all families save money by attending a club to buy their child's teacher among them.
Others agreed that the system was "reasonable", but added: "it must be a nightmare that collects all the money of all parents".
Most parents say they spend between £ 5- £ 20 on gifts for teachers.
Meanwhile, another mother opted for a more domestic approach to save some money this Christmas.
He said they are preparing tricks for his daughter's teacher, adding that "his teacher thought it was good because my daughter had made them herself".
St Helen and St Katherine are an independent women's school that costs £ 5,490 pounds per term.
The parents of the Oxfordshire school students have become increasingly competitive when it comes to thanking the teachers, with some Mulburry bags worth hundreds of pounds.
Janita Gray, editor-in-chief of the Guide to Good Schools, said that putting a ceiling on parents' spending is "particularly joyful".
He said that the school runs the risk of making parents believe that the high price of £ 50 is a normal amount to spend on a gift for a teacher.
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David Eley, the steward of St Helen and St Katherine told The Sun Online: "As a charitable organization we are obliged to have a policy in this area to ensure strong governance.
"Our personnel policy has been in place for several years and there has never been any concern about this problem: we have sent a letter to parents to provide clarity and to avoid putting staff or parents in an uncomfortable position.
"We have an excellent relationship with our parent body and a strong sense of community that is based on this kind of transparency / clarity".
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