Pupil numbers in technology based subjects have grown significantly over the past five years

Centre of Innovation

More than half of all pupils now study technology, manufacturing or engineering, and this trend is expected to continue.

Alongside GCSE & A level Technology & Design, RBAI has introduced a range of subjects including GCSE Manufacturing, Motor Vehicle studies, and B TEC Engineering.

A significant redevelopment of the old Technology department is underway, doubling the size of our facilities, providing 4 large, fully equipped teaching rooms, complemented by extensive project planning areas for advanced design and creative learning.


The creation of a new Centre of Innovation will benefit our pupils by:

Enabling pupils to develop more ambitious coursework projects and facilitating greater pupil collaboration.

Providing capacity for continued growth as the technology, manufacturing and engineering curriculum evolves in the longer term.

Equipping pupils for future employment opportunities.


2016 - Carson McKee achieved four A* at A level, including scoring 100% in his Technology coursework, enabling him to read engineering at St Andrews University, Scotland.

2015 - Thomas Donaldson achieved three A* and one A at A level, and is now studying Chemical Engineering at Imperial College, London. Thomas represented Northern Ireland in the International Science (Chemistry) Olympiad in Azerbaijan.

RBAI have had at least one pupil in the top 3 for GCSE Manufacturing in Northern Ireland for the past 4 years.

“The quality of teaching and confidence I gained at RBAI have been vital to my career progression. The School’s investment in science and technology will make a very tangible difference to pupils wishing to pursue careers in these areas.”

Paul Chambers (RBAI 2004-11)
MEng Civil Engineering from Durham University, achieved the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Emerging Engineers Award in 2016. He works for Skanska UK, a leading international project development and construction company.

“Hardly a day goes by when I don’t draw upon STEAM elements learnt at school. As an employer, we seek young professionals with the solid STEAM grounding and the creative skills fostered by Inst.”

Ian Harper (RBAI 1990-97)
1st Class Honours in Computer Science, University of Warwick, established Future Games of London. His Hungry Shark game series has been downloaded more than 500m times worldwide. Games Industry.biz identified Ian as the most influential person in the UK mobile gaming industry in 2017.
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