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Cognative Ability Testing (CAT Testing):

The Academy admissions policy states that children must have undertaken a CAT test to be considered for a place at the Academy.

To take the CAT test you must book your child into one of the sessions we are running.  Bookings can only be accepted by completed the form below, linked to each session.

COVID19 update - we are running additional sessions for CAT testing to ensure we can offer as many CAT tests as we usually would.  There is a full risk assessment in place to ensure children and staff are safe, outlining measures taken by the Academy to mitigate the risk of COVID19.  These measures include, but are not limited to, additional cleaning regime, children seated following strict distancing guidance in well ventilated rooms, hand sanitising stations and no parent entry to the Academy.



Saturday 3rd October 2020 at 9.30am

Saturday 3rd October 2020 at 1.00pm

Wednesday 7th October 2020 at 3.30pm

Wednesday 14th October 2020 at 3.30pm

Monday 26th October 2020 at 9.30am

Monday 26th October 2020 at 1.00pm

Saturday 16th January 2021 at 9.30am

Saturday 16th January 2021 at 1.00pm

Wednesday 6th January at 3.30pm

Wednesday 20th January at 3.30pm

Please contact or for more information.


Admissions Policies:

RAWL Admissions Policy 2017RAWL Admissions Policy 2018RAWL Admissions Policy 2019RAWL Admissions Policy 2020

RAWL Admissions Policy 2021


If you are interested in a place for your child at Rivers Academy please contact the Academy on 0208 751 9864 or email:

For Secondary transfer click on the link to Apply online

To apply for a place in our Sixth form please email Ms Afulukwe at to request an application form.

Schools Appeal Information

The Appeal Hearing

The Academy works with Judicium School Support Services.  Judicium will arrange for an Independent Appeals Panel to consider the Academy's reasons for refusal and your reasons for wanting to attend the Academy.

It is anticipated that the hearings will be held at the end of June each year.

The Panel will consist of 3 people (2 will have education experience and one will be an independent person with no education experience).

The Panel will consider the case put forward by you and the Academy.  They must consider the admission arrangements for the Academy and the reasons why you want to attend that particular school.  The Panel must exercise its discretion by balancing the weight of your argument (for wanting to attend) against the Academy's reasons for refusal. ie. the prejudice that one more student would cause to the education of the students already offered and the Health and Safety of all the students already attending the Academy, also taking into account the Academy's published admission arrangements.

The decision of the Independent Appeals Panel is binding on the admissions authority and the Parents.