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


Celebrating Academic Excellence

On Friday 29 September, the spotlight was on academic excellence,Image1 Thumb

as we welcomed more than 50 alumni back to School for an Oxbridge celebration dinner. During the evening, donor Andrew Seth (RBAI 1946-55) joined Colin Gowdy, Chairman of the Board of Governors, and the Principal to officially unveil our newly recreated Oxbridge Honours Boards, recognising more than 300 alumni who have matriculated to either university since 1900.

New Zealand Rugby Tour 2017

At the end of term in June 45 boys from Year 11 & 12 and 6 staff departed from Dublin for New ZealandThumb Squad at Departure Dublin

on a three-week rugby tour. The tour coincided with the final week of the Lions tour and meant that NZ was in a bit of a rugby frenzy at the time.  We were transported around NZ by Kyle and his bus from Kiwi Experience which gave us plenty of opportunity to take in the fabulous scenery.


A cricket season to remember!

This was an outstanding Year for the Cricket Club at RBAI.Thumbs McCullough Cup League Winners 2017

Remarkably we won 5 out of the 7 schools’ cup competitions we entered.

The 1st XI won the Schools’ Cup for a record 10th time in the 32 year history of the competition.