Welcome to The Royal Belfast Academical Institution.


Welcome to RBAI’s website, designed to give you a feel for the spirit and energy of the school. With over two centuries of educating boys, we continue to succeed in combining Academic Excellence and pastoral support with a wealth of extra curricular opportunities, all underpinned by a deep commitment to the  needs and enthusiasms of each pupil.  I and my colleagues are committed to Learning and to ensuring that every student at RBAI is valued and encouraged to develop his talents to the full in a community where achievement is celebrated. We are a multicultural, integrated, Grammar School and we welcome applications from across Greater Belfast and the wider community.

Miss Janet Williamson M.A. (Oxon); NPQH


Join us to celebrate 200 years of education at Inst

thanksgiving service thumbOn the 23rd November we will gather to celebrate 200 years of education at Inst. The Service of Thanksgiving will begin at 3pm in Assembly Buildings, 2-4 Fisherwick Place and refreshments will be served in the School Dining Hall afterwards. Staff, pupils, parents and the wider Inst community are all invited and we hope to welcome as many people as possible to this unique event which will be led by Mr Bolton, the choir and orchestra.

British Science Association Recognises Pupils’ Success

crest-awards thumbWe are delighted to announce that the British Science Association have recognised the hard work of Inst pupils in competitions and project work through the nationally recognised CREST Awards. In the past year, we have had numerous boys entering competitions to gain Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards that we can now use the CREST logo for school publications and the website.

Fencing: Elite Fencing squad gets the go-ahead

thumbMembers of the elite fencing squad with coach Katie absent - Paul VerdonWe are delighted that we have approval for the formation of a new elite fencing squad. The selected fencers are to have the opportunity to train during their Games period on Wednesday afternoons. Olympic competitor and fencing coach Katie Arup declared, “This is great news for the top fencers at RBAI. It gives them and me, as their coach, the freedom to focus on the technique that is required at the higher level of competition that these boys are now facing.”

Hard Work, Focus, Perseverance: Wise words from Guest Cecil Martin

thumbCecil visits senior players in the Fitness SuiteRBAI pupils were treated to a talk this morning from as very special guest; former NFL player and Sky Sports pundit Cecil Martin. Cecil is a former University of Wisconsin–Madison Football captain, and enjoyed a successful NFL career with Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Cecil is also a former winner of the “Ed Block Courage Award”, and annual award presented to an NFL player who has exhibited high levels of inspiration, sportsmanship and courage.