Parents have hit out at a school after they were 'threatened' with home visits if they failed to attend a meeting they were summoned to.
Staff at Philips High School, in Whitefield, Greater Manchester, sent letters to all parents at the beginning of the school term instructing them to attend a 30-minute briefing with headteacher, Tina Owen.
They were told the meetings, one for each year group, would cover a range of issues, including parent partnerships, new behaviour and assessment systems, as well as a new curriculum and extra-curricular activities.
The letter concluded: "If for any reason you cannot attend, please try and send an alternative family member.
"If this is not possible, please inform the school office so that we can arrange a home visit by members of our senior leadership team."
Some parents have taken issue with the 'bad-mannered' tone of the letter, and some say the meetings were 'unnecessary'. Ms Owen says the message was not a 'threat' but a chance to update and involve parents in their child's education.
Mum Diane Burdaky was one of those unable to attend one of the meetings on Monday night.
She said she believed the letter was symptomatic of a wider problem with communication at the school.
Others also raised their concerns on the Parents of Philips High Facebook page.
One said: "'All parents are to attend,' that is not an invite, that is an order. What happened to common courtesy?"
However, the school's headteacher, Tina Owen, said the offer of the home visit had not been intended as a 'threat'.
A text message has since been sent on behalf of Ms Owen to parents unable to attend the briefing.