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 2014

RBAI Spring Concert 2014thumbThis year’s Spring Concert promises a higher than ever standard of performance.

The first half will feature a colourful array of items including Ravel’s famous “Bolero”, choral works by Britten and Brahms, and the ever-popular Jazz Band.

In the second half, the Choir and Orchestra will present “Magical Mystery Tour”  -  a psychedelic odyssey through the wonderful music of The Beatles.

Inst Celebrates Two Centuries of Education

Mr McKinstry and Miss Williamson look on as Mrs Gowdy officially opens the new entrance of the Soane buildingThe Founders' Day 2014 celebrations which marked two centuries since the first pupil entered the iconic Soane portals were a huge success enjoyed by the School community and shared with the public this weekend. Two days of celebrations began with a Founders' Assembly on Friday when the speeches, provided by Mr Billy Yarr, President of the BOIA  and Vice Chairman of our own Board of Governors and Vice Principal Mr. Allen McKinstry were enjoyed by the assembled pupils, staff and governors alike.


Inst Embraces Augmented Reality

ARBookmarkthumbIn addition to the host of other activities and opportunities available on Open Morning, another of the School’s innovative features was introduced when the augmented reality bookmark was launched. We are the first School to have embraced the cutting-edge technology which is the latest addition to our multi-platform approach.


Founders' Day 2014

Founders Day InvitethumbWe would like to invite you to Founders' Day 2014 to celebrate 200 years of educating pupils at RBAI. Tours of the school will be available to visitors from 10.30am and from 12.30pm to 1.00pm there will be a ceremony to mark the entry of the first pupils to the school.