Others think deliberate social engineering is going on (I mean they think their DC have been deliberately deprived of a place at a popular school to improve a not so good one).
I have also heard of this "myth" Pinkboots. Supposedly the headteacher of one of the SW Herts community schools has claimed that he needs "children from some of the "better" primary schools to help make his job of turning his school around easier."
I am not sure if the headteachers quote is true or not but sounds good and will add to the myth and make it more plausible. The theory of this myth can also be "proved/backed up" by the fact that Francis Coombe has spaces this year but children who live nearer to Francis Coombe than to Bushey Hall are being allocated Bushey Hall.
I guess the social engineering theory could be deduced from this piece of information but not proved