Angry support staff at a special needs school are threatening strike action - as the school prepares to cut their pay.

The row has erupted at Manor Green School in Elizabeth Hawkes Way, Maidenhead after teaching assistants and other support staff were told they would be given new contracts.

Headteacher Joolz Scarlett said last week that a historical agreement meant staff were paid for 37 hours a week even though they work only 32.5 hours a week under their current contract - a claim fiercely denied by the GMB union which represents them.

She said: “We intend to realign payment of support staff to hours actually worked by adjusting hours paid on a phased basis over the next three years.

But Asia Allison, the regional organiser for the GMB union, said:

“We are urging the school to withdraw the proposal and engage in meaningful dialogue on alternatives.”