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 2023

Admissions Timeline for 2022-23

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

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

1st March 2023 – 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 2023
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 2023 – 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 2023
Deadline for acceptance of offer by parent/carer 15th March 2023
Deadline for lodging an on-time admission appeal 31st March 2023
Appeal Hearing Date: 16th June 2023

May 2023
Parents/Carers will receive a transition letter outlining the transition process and events.

16th June 2023
School’s Admissions Appeals hearing date.

Transition events commence.

Please see the Admission Policy below for full guidance

Future CAT sessions are available on the dates below:

Please contact 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

RAWL Admissions Policy 2024

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.

Where next

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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