Central London primary school to lose half its pupils

A primary school in London’s most affluent borough is set to lose half its pupils as a result of the government’s benefits cap, according to a report in the Observer.

The school, St Cuthbert with St Matthias Church of England school in Kensington and Chelsea, the country’s richest borough, is making plans for the loss of up to 100 pupils in the wake of the government’s benefits cap.

The school’s headteacher, Stephen Boatright, said that children from six families had already moved to live as far away as Nottingham and Hull. He said schools in Enfield, north London, where the costs of private accommodation were lower, were already taking in huge numbers of children.

The £500-a-week benefits cap, which is due to be implemented in 2013, is expected to leave around 130,000 families across the capital unable to pay their rent.

The full story can be read on the Guardian website.