The Freedom of Information Act and the Data Protection Act are often confused.
The Freedom of Information Act
(FOI) applies to non-personal
There are exceptions to the provisions of the Act. For example, appeal panels are exempt.
The Data Protection Act
(DPA) applies to personal
data. Put simply, this means that the "subject" of personal data held by public authorities (i.e. your child, and by extension, you) can request that that personal data be released to them.
However, there are some permitted exceptions:
www.ico.gov.uk/Home/what_we_cover/data_ ... ation.aspx
In particular, exam scripts
are exempt from the DPA (although authorities can make them available at their discretion).
Schedule 7 of the DPA, says among other things
that the public authority does not have to release exam/test results
until five months after the "relevant day". (The relevant day is the date on which the data controller has both a properly submitted request for information and the information itself.)
So, if you are in a situation where you are tired of waiting for the 11+ results to be announced, unless five months have elapsed after the "relevant day", you cannot use the DPA to get hold of the results in advance of the normal date!