It seems that research conducted by Bristol and Cambridge Universities suggest that local catchment schools create inequality:-
Deciding school admissions on distance between home and school is a major driver of educational inequality between rich and poor, say researchers.
Expecting pupils to go to their local school means poorer children are much less likely to attend high-achieving schools, says the study.
It shows that the choice of good schools expands with greater affluence.
The "size of your mortgage" should not be the way to allocate school places, say researchers.
The study examined how families made choices between state schools - and why children from deprived families were more likely to be concentrated in the worst performing schools.