Cognitive 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.

Admissions to Year 7 at the Academy in September 2022

All applicants to the Academy will be required to sit a Cognitive Ability Test. Please see the Admission Policy below for full guidance.

CAT sessions are available on the dates below.  Please click on the link of the date you wish to book.


COVID-19 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.

Please contact or for more information.

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 2017

RAWL Admissions Policy 2018

RAWL Admissions Policy 2019

RAWL Admissions Policy 2020

RAWL Admissions Policy 2021

RAWL Admissions Policy 2022

RAWL Admissions Policy 2023

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 Lloyd to request an application form:

Academy 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.

To register an appeal you must complete the Appeal Application form, which can be found HERE.  Only appeals submitted on the form will be considered by the Appeals Panel.

For admissions to Year 7 it is anticipated that the hearings will be held on Tuesday 21st June 2022.   All Appeal Application Forms must be submitted by Thursday 26th May 2022 at 5pm.  Appeal Application Forms received after this date will not be considered by the panel.

To make an appeal for in year admission please complete the Appeal Application form above and return it to

The Panel will consist of 3 people (2 will have education experience and one will be an independent person with no education experience).  It is currently anticipated that the Appeals Panel will hear each appeal via video conferencing facilities (eg Zoom) or over the telephone, this is subject to change depending on government guidance in place at the time.

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.

Please contact if you require any further information.

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Latest OFSTED Report

Please find below a letter from the Principal regarding our recent OFSTED inspection in February 2019. Letter from the Principal For the latest OFSTED report,…

Latest OFSTED Report

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