The results, which exclude grant-maintained
schools, are revealed in today's 1997/98 local authority education performance indicators compiled by the Audit Commission.
The Salesian College is now a leading grant-maintained
Catholic secondary school.
It was originally restricted to grant-maintained
and voluntary aided schools - not local authority maintained schools.
Foundation schools came into being in 1999 and many were former grant-maintained
schools, which means that they had opted out of local authority control.
And there was good news for 2,000 lowpaid staff in grammar and grant-maintained
integrated schools who didn't get the original payment that was first handed out two years ago.
Thatcher created grant-maintained
schools to cut out local council "interference" in education after reading a furious letter about it by the then head teacher of the LOS.
Bosses were accused of exploiting women as the council began to compete with the private sector at a time when schools began managing their own budgets under grant-maintained
But school staff believe grant-maintained
Ysgol Caergeiliog is causing problems - it is the biggest primary school on the island with 424 pupils travelling from all over Anglesey.
Rachel Lancaster, manager of the grant-maintained
Holbrooks Community Care Association, said: "We often get hand-me-downs and don't have the best equipment so it is fantastic to have a brand new photocopier which works instead of having to always call out an engineer."
One of Labour's first education reforms after winning power in 1997 was to abolish the system of grant-maintained
schools set up by the Conservatives.
Foundation schools, the successors to the grant-maintained
secondaries that the Tories allowed to opt out of local education authority control, are also able to run their own admissions and employ teachers directly rather than through LEAs.
I also supported, and still do, what were known as "grant-maintained