My son recently did very badly in a school english exam. I have asked the school to let me have a copy of his paper but they have told me they have a policy of not handing them out to parents. I think this is because they use the same exam each year and don't want pupils to get hold of past papers. I would like to see the exam so that I can work through it with my son and get some understanding as to why it went so badly. Am I entitled to see the paper under the Data protection act?
I think you mean the Freedom of Information Act. If it is an independent school then the answer is no, as they are exempt from the Act. If it is a state school, unfortunately the answer is probably not, as they no doubt have a good reason for not releasing it which would be acceptable to the Information Commissioner. Requesting information under the Act is also a surefire way to antagonise the school. What I think I would do, if your son doesn't understand where he went wrong, is to ask his teacher to spend a bit of time with him going through it so he can find out what they expected, or depending on his age for him to ask his teacher himself.