I wonder where they stand under the Data Protection Act on refusing to disclose scores? (Etienne?)
They do have the right to refuse access to the test papers.
As I read it, however - and it's heavy going, so worth checking with the Information Commissioner's Office to make sure I'm not missing something! - they would have to comply with a written request for the marks within the standard 40 day period.
Schedule 7 - Miscellaneous exemptions.
8 (1) Section 7 shall have effect subject to the provisions of sub-paragraphs (2) to (4) in the case of personal data consisting of marks or other information processed by a data controllerâ€”
(a) for the purpose of determining the results of an academic, professional or other examination or of enabling the results of any such examination to be determined, or
(b) in consequence of the determination of any such results.
(2) Where the relevant day falls before the day on which the results of the examination are announced, the period mentioned in section 7 shall be extended untilâ€”
(a) the end of five months beginning with the relevant day, or
(b) the end of forty days beginning with the date of the announcement,
whichever is the earlier.
(The 'relevant day' is the date on which the data controller at the school has both a properly submitted request for information and the information itself.)
The Data Protection Act can be read here
http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts1998/uk ... 80029_en_1
if you have plenty of time to spare ........