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 Spring Concert 2015

Spring Concert Poster 2015 thumbSpring Concert: 7.30pm Thurs 19th and Fri 20th March in the Common Hall. Tickets £5/£3.50.

The Spring Concert is always one of the highlights of the school calendar. Come to this year’s event and hear the Orchestra rise to the challenge of Mussorgsky’s mighty “Pictures at an Exhibition”, the Choir explore the vast emotional landscape that is Brahms’ “Behold all flesh is as the grass” (from the German Requiem), and -   after a rousing set from the Jazz Band and an impressive array of soloists - a grand finale featuring huge choral and orchestral arrangements based on songs by Dire Straits and The Police.

Open Day 2015

IMG 7125thumb"I just want to express my thanks as a parent of a primary 7 pupil for the excellent open day on Saturday, for all the work the pupils, teachers and support staff put in. We had a school in mind for our son, however Inst completely blew our choice out of the water, we are now anxiously awaiting the AQE results to see if our son qualifies for your school."

Just one of many comments received after a particularly busy Open Morning, this parent's kind acknowledgement is just one of the rewards for an extremely enjoyable morning. The bitterly cold January weather didn't discourage prospective pupils and their parents from visiting Inst; more than 550 boys came through the Soane building and were warmly welcomed into the heart of the Inst community. The morning was as successful as ever with guests, pupils and staff enjoying themselves equally.

The Bicentenary: Two Hundred Years of ‘A Remarkable Institution’

thumbRoyal Belfast Academical Institution’s community gathered together on Sunday at Assembly Buildings for a Service of Thanksgiving, the culmination of this year’s bicentenary celebrations. The church service gave students, staff, Instonians and the wider community the opportunity to reflect on two hundred years of education at a ‘truly remarkable Institution’.

Lower School Prize Distribution Enjoyed By All

thumbThe Visitor of the Day at this year’s Lower Prize Distribution was Mr W. T. Gillen, Instonian and retired Headmaster of The King’s School, Tynemouth and The Arnold School, Blackpool. He spoke warmly to all those receiving prizes and addressed the guests, members of the Board of Governors, staff and pupils, recollecting his own time at Inst and later experiences of education. He spoke with passion and conviction which, along with his great wisdom and knowledge, was communicated to the audience. Moreover, he identified ‘The 5 Fs’, qualities he had learned at Inst which he felt made education a success; family, friends, fitness, fulfilment and faith.