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


RBAI: Excellence and Participation

RBAI 5thumbRBAI’s various sports teams have been enjoying unprecedented success. The Rugby Club has had a stellar year with the top teams, the 1st and Medallion XV, completing the double and winning their respective titles in hugely competitive circumstances, this is only the third time such a feat has been achieved in the long history of the competitions.

The RBAI swimmers also clocked an impressive win in the Bath Cup, a prestigious event inaugurated in 1910 in which seventy schools from across the UK compete. The boys came within one hundredth of a second of breaking the record for the competition winning the title, and one hour later the Otter Cup, in style.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 1st XV - Schools Cup Winners 2015

RBAI Winners 01thumbLed by captain Lewis McNamara, the 1st XV won the Schools' Cup in the 2015 final against Wallace High School 14-10. This is the 30th win for RBAI, in the most prestigious of the school rugby competitions in Northern Ireland. The success of the team is complemented with the Medallion squad recently winning the Medallion Shield, and securing The Double. Added to the first and medallion victories, the 4th XV face the 3rd XV in the thirds final. This is a terrific season for the rugby club.

Congratulations Medallion Squad!

Medallion Final v WallacethumbCongratulations to the Medallion squad, their coaches and supporters; the jubilant team won their final today against Wallace at a stormy Ravenhill with a final scoreline of 13-5 to the Inst men. This is a promising start to a fortnight of nail-biting rugby, the climax of which will be on St. Patrick's Day when the 1st XV also meet Wallace in the final of the Schools' Cup. Staff, pupils and supporters wish all the teams playing over the coming days the best of luck as they contest their respective matches. For further information about individual fixtures please see the Rugby Roundup on the Sports News page of the website.