Data protection act - does it apply to under 18's?

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Found 10th Jan 2010
Hi there

Does anyone know if the data protection act applies to children? Ds has recently taken some school entrance exams for which he studied really hard. The results of the tests aren't provided by the school - just a yes/no you have been offered a place. I wondered whether I could apply to my local council using the Data protection rules. They colate all the school entrance info so should have his results on file.

Any help would be appreciated.

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The school will be able to give you this information i.e. where to find the results.

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Unfortunately not. They clearly state that results will not be given, only an offer of a place. Or not as the case may be.

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data protection applies to anyone as far as im aware

Data protection - doubtful.

Freedom of Information - quite likely.

Have you asked? (The Council)

why do you want the results anyway? Surely yes/no is enough?

Presumably you want them because you got a "no".

It won't really help as yo won't know the "pass" mark.

If the school has 100 places, then the top 100 scores get a place. These will be a different set of scores to last year. (Thick year group / b right year group).

So if you found junior got 75% - youve found out nothing,

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Places aren't allocated until March 1st so we don't know if he has been offered a place until then. There is no pass or fail. The school is comprehensive so the test is a way of determining that they take a truly mixed ability intake.

DS worked extremely hard in the run up to the test and would like to see his mark. I'm in agreement and believe that the results should be made known as they are an excellent learning tool in that they help to pinpoint a childs strengths/weaknesses.

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Virus the method you're referring to relates to a grammar school procedure and isn't relevant to comprehensive banding. Thanks anway though.

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Excellent thanks. Was aware of the two but not sure of the difference so will look into it more.

virus;7500636

Data protection - doubtful.Freedom of Information - quite likely.

lrb76;7500852

Places aren't allocated until March the 1st so we don't know if he has … Places aren't allocated until March the 1st so we don't know if he has been offered a place until then. There is no pass or fail. The school is comprehensive so the test is a way of determining that they take a truly mixed ability intake.DS worked extremely hard in the run up to the test and would like to see his mark. I'm in agreement and believe that the results should be made known as they are an excellent learning tool in that they help to pinpoint a childs strengths/weaknesses.



I would assume that the tests are some sort of cognitive ability tests, in which case "working very hard for them" is unlikely to make much difference to the final result. You need to be very careful about telling your child the result - do you really think that an 11 year old needs to know that he's, perhaps, not done as well as you think he should have?

Have a read at this, you may find this useful...

ico.gov.uk/upl…pdf

There is no entry test for comprehensive schools.

If the school is a college with a subject specilaism it is possible that a certain percentage of places are allocated to students who are gifted in that area (e.g. Languages) and this can be tested.

I think you are talking about one of the quasi Grammar Schools - like Thomas Telford. They test to make sure that they get a broad intake.

Yeah....:whistling:
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