Cognitive Ability Testing (CAT Testing):

Rivers Academy West London’s Admissions Policy states that children must have undertaken a Cognitive Ability Test (CAT) to be considered for a place at the Academy. See below for details of how to book this.

Admissions to Year 7 at the Academy in September 2024

Admissions Timeline for 2023-24

31st October 2023
The Local Authority Common Admissions Form (CAF: Secondary) must be completed and returned to the Local Authority for all admissions.

16th January 2024 – All applicants to the Academy will be required to sit a CAT before 16th January 2023.

1st March 2024 – Notification of Offer of Places.
Parents/Carers will be informed by London Borough of Hounslow by email to which school they have been allocated.

15th March 2024
This is the last date on which parents/carers are asked to confirm their acceptance of the offer with the Local Authority in which they live.

31st March 2024 – Deadline for lodging an on-time admission appeal.

The School’s Admissions Appeal Form can be downloaded here.


Appeal Timetable
Offer letters posted to parents/carers on National Offer Day by Local Authority 1st March 2024
Deadline for acceptance of offer by parent/carer 15th March 2024
Deadline for lodging an on-time admission appeal 31st March 2024
Appeal Hearing Date: 10th June 2024

May 2024
Parents/Carers will receive a transition letter outlining the transition process and events.

Monday 10th June 2024
School’s Admissions Appeals hearing date.

June/July 2024
Transition events commence.

Please see the Admission Policy below for full guidance

CAT sessions

Please contact for more information regarding CAT testing

In-year admissions

The in-year admissions process will be managed by the Academy.  All in year applications for a school place must be made to the Local Authority on their online in-year application form.  Supplementary Information forms must be returned to the Academy.  The Local Authority will inform the Academy of the application and the Academy will inform the Local Authority of the outcome.

The link to the Local Authority online in-year application form can be found here

Admissions Policies:

RAWL Admissions Policy 2018

RAWL Admissions Policy 2019

RAWL Admissions Policy 2020

RAWL Admissions Policy 2021

RAWL Admissions Policy 2022

RAWL Admissions Policy 2023

RAWL Admissions Policy 2024

RAWL Admissions Policy 2025

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 click the following link Post 16

Please contact if you require any further information.

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