I was wondering if parents have the right to obtain a reference or report sent from a school to another school about their child under the freedom of information act or similar.
I'd be really grateful for advice, thank you.
Tipsy, I think I am right in saying that you have a right to see any report on your child, but only from the school that wrote it. It would doubtless be marked Confidential, and the receiving school would not be able to show it to you if so, even if they wanted to. You certainly have a legal right to see your child's school record, which by law has to be kept (or at least certain specified parts of it) by the school concerned, pretty much for the rest of eternity these days. You can't do much about Heads gossiping to each other over the phone, though, provided they don't commit anything to paper or email.
I am sure if I am wrong someone will correct me, but that is my belief and experience.
Charities (which includes most schools) are exempt from the FOI Act, but that doesn't prevent you having the right to see any information they hold about your child, and to get it corrected if it is wrong.