Welcome to The Royal Belfast Academical Institution

Updated picture of JW ThumbWelcome 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. 

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


Farewell to RBAI and the Instonian Nation

1st XI football trophy AMcK thumbFrom my early days as a pupil at Ballyclare HS it was my ambition to become a teacher. To have been able to teach in this historic Institution over parts of 5 different decades has been an amazing experience, and has provided me with incredible memories. As well as teaching Geography, I have been fortunate to hold a variety of different positions in Inst and for the last 21 years to have been part of the Senior Leadership Team. There is saying that goes – when it comes to work, ‘Do what you love and love what you do!’ I can honestly say that every day for the last 37 years that is what I have been able to do.

RBAI Football Champions

Football team Enniskillen 3thumbIt has taken many years of trying but finally RBAI 1st XI have won the prestigious Belfast U18 League title. Finishing off the season with a 2-2 draw against Boys Model and defeating Grosvenor Grammar 6-0, the Inst boys leapfrogged an excellent La Salle side to finish in first place.

More recognised for rugby, Inst footballers have been quietly improving over the last few seasons and this year there was a different mood in the squad. Not to be outdone by other sports in school, this special group of players became the first ever Inst football team to win a trophy.

University and Schools Boat Races

Rowing ThumbLast Saturday saw the annual University and Schools Boat Races take place over a 2,000 metre course on the River Lagan. The conditions were difficult for all crews with strong cross-head winds gusting and blowing all day, with intermittent showers to add another challenge for athletes and spectators.