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


Charity Concert 2014

charityconcertthumbThe annual Charity Concert will take place this year on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st November at 7.30 in the Common Hall.

The concert is given in aid of CLIC Sargent and The Simon Community, and the programme will cover the vast and eclectic range of musical styles to which Inst audiences have become accustomed, from Handel (“Hallelujah”, “See the conquering hero”) and Bach (“Flocks in pastures green”) to Snow Patrol (“Run”) and The Who (“Pinball Wizard”).

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.”