Primary school pupils were left upset after a Christian charity worker told them Santa was not real during an assembly.
Children’s worker Emily Taylor is part of the Mary Bass Charity, which was set up to "further the religious and other charitable work of the Church of England".
But Ms Taylor stunned pupils at Fleet Wood Lane Primary in Lincolnshire while giving a speech in the school hall, after telling them Father Christmas does not exist.
She even invited two girls to smash chocolate Santas and reindeer with hammers in front of their classmates.
School bosses have apologised for the "inappropriate" assembly and say the charity involved will never be invited back.
One parent, Ella Bowring said: "I was asking my six-year-old this evening if he was planning to write a letter to Santa.
"He said ‘there is no such thing as Santa, he is just a made up thing…’
"On questioning him further he said that Emily got a ‘big girl’ and a ‘small girl’ to come up in assembly and smash a chocolate Santa and a chocolate reindeer with a hammer.
"To say that I am furious is an understatement."
Jordan Wyatt added: "I’m disgusted that Emily was able to go in there and say the stuff she did and that the teacher that was sat in didn’t intervene…
"…it must of (sic) been so worrying for all the kids."
The bizarre assembly took place last Thursday and many parents have told how their children returned home from school saying they no longer believed in Santa.
Fleet Wood Lane, which does not have a religious denomination, has apologised for what happened.
Head teacher Mrs Rachael Cotton said: “We have apologised to parents and children and totally sympathise with their concerns.
"I have written to parents stating that some of the presentation by the Mary Bass Charity in a school assembly was inappropriate and assured them that we will not be using representatives from this charity again."
The school’s senior leadership team and the chair of governors met with a church representative to discuss concerns.
The letter continues: "I have spoken to the children today to help them understand the theme of the assembly in an appropriate way and apologised for how some of it was delivered.
“We discussed our core values of respect and tolerance and how parts of the assembly did not uphold those beliefs.”
The school, was praised in its last Ofsted report, which was published in January.
The Mary Bass Charity, based in Peterborough, carries out its work across seven parishes in the local area.
A spokesman for the charity said: “The Trustees will be meeting before Christmas to discuss the situation.”
The furore comes as the school is due to have a long planned Santa’s Grotto in school yesterday.
Mrs Cotton added: “The children are really looking forward to meeting Santa in his grotto organised by our wonderfully supportive PTA.
“We have so many exciting plans to make Christmas magical for the children this year as we do every year."
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