Your post prompted me to read this again too Footymad.
Hope we do hear from the Guest who moved house
In the meantime think I can answer this one...
Hmm I don't know why there would be a low birthrate l.What happened in 1994 that stopped people procreating I wonder
Certainly the Ripon catchment had far fewer pupils than last year and you are right that does favour out of catchment children.
...think back to 1993/94 it was the time of the last propery recession, rock bottom property prices and loads of re-posessions from the overlending of the 80's. Not the best time to start to or add to a family.