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:

Thursday, 29th September 2022, 3:30pm – 5:45pm
Saturday, 1st October 2022, 9am – 11:45am
Saturday, 1st October 2022, 1pm – 3:15pm
Thursday, 6th October 2022, 3:30pm – 5:45pm
Thursday, 13th October 2022, 3:30pm – 5:45pm
Monday, 24th October 2022, 3:30pm – 5:45pm
Thursday, 10th November 2022, 3:30pm – 5:45pm
Thursday, 17th November 2022, 3:30pm – 5:45pm
Thursday, 5th January 2022, 3:30pm – 5:45pm
Saturday, 14th January 2022, 9am – 11:45am
Saturday, 14th January 2022, 1pm – 3:15pm
Thursday, 19th January 2022, 3:30pm – 5:45pm
Tuesday, 31st January 2022, 3:30pm – 5:45pm

Please click here to reserve your child’s CAT test slot


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:

Please contact if you require any further information.

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